I suppose Labour Party members will have to get used to candidates for the leadership/deputy leadership taking lumps out of each other over the next few months. Dragging the Party down too in order to boost their chances however is unforgiveable.
Somewhere within MP John Cruddas' news item this morning is a positive point about the need to significantly increase Labour Party menbership. Shame then he had to give the Labour-hating media a free hit by suggesting that on current trends there would be no LP members left by 2013.
It's a crackers statistic, as Hazel Blears had to point out in rebuttal on BBC news this morning - in fact LP membership has stabilised over the last two years. The last time I heard year-on-year membership figures for Darlington CLP, our numbers were actually up.
John Cruddas seems to be a hard-working and likeable MP whose central message about building from the grassroots is essentially correct. Maybe he can make that point in the future without handing ammuniation to the opposition.