Lord Egbut is the salt of the earth even though we have, on occasions, agreed to disagree. He's been there and done that and his opinions, honestly held, are always backed up by research. I have a deal of respect for him.
The breaking news that the Tories have won the West Cumbrian seat of Copeland from Labour will be devastating for him. This has been a Labour seat since its inception and is the first by election gain by a governing party since 1982 ... it's better than that. The Copeland result is the best by election performance by a governing party in terms of the increase in its share of the vote for 55 years.
As the new day dawns the only dark cloud on the Conservative horizon may be that Corbyn is rolled although their gerrymandered voting system captured by the 'left' favours Corbyn.
Been a tough week for Egbut as a card carrying 'European'. I suspect in his lexicon 'Blairite' is a dirty word and to see Tony come out in defense of Europe must be somewhat galling given that the official Labour position is to respect the referendum result. Strange bedfellows indeed ... Sir Oswald Mosley, Leader of the British Union of Fascists, was a convinced European long before it became fashionable.