Just who will put the case for Labour?

THE sweeping Conservative victory in the East of England has left the media with a major headache - how to achieve political balance.

In the EADT circulation area, we have 15 MPs - 14 Tories and one Liberal Democrat, all of whom are wedded to the coalition.

The nearest Labour MPs are the Luton duo, who are the only two Labour representatives across the six counties of the region. With the best of intentions, they are uninterested in East Anglia, and we’re not interested in what they have to say.

Which seems to leave us with three alternatives, none of which is satisfactory. Defeated MPs are still pondering their own futures and are unlikely to want to be relegated to regional Labour spokesmen.

Parliamentary candidates who never stood a chance in the swing from Labour will have returned to their day jobs, eager to earn a living in the knowledge that the next General Election will be in 2015 and that activists in constituencies need time to assess what went wrong.

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Which leaves council leaders - sorry, Labour opposition leaders because the party is not in power in any of the 15 principal authorities in the EADT area, except in one instance of coalition.

So before all the outraged angst of Labour supporters in Essex and Suffolk is poured over the media because their party is not quoted, let them remember just why we are not getting minority points of view.

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