Wednesday, September 29, 2004
The big gamble
We will not know until the early hours of Friday morning of course but the gamble of holding the Hartlepool by-election in the middle of the Labour Party Conference is looking more and more dodgy. Instead of a successful party of government the images and messages on the TV and this morning's papers have been of a party leader under siege. The Conference has put the Iraq war right back at the top of the headlines and that cannot be comfortable for a party leadership who knows how badly this plays in the country. It may be just enough to swing the by-election our way. We will see.