Would it be better for Labour to win or lose in Crewe & Nantwich?

Paul Linford has drawn an interesting parallel* with the Darlington by-election from the early 1980s which, against the odds, Labour held – so saving Michael Foot’s leadership of the Labour Party.

A defeat in Darlington would have quite possibly led to a change in Labour leader, and so at the very least a less disastrous 1983 general election.

So if you were a Labour supporter in Crewe & Nantwich, would you want to vote for Labour and risk prolonging Gordon Brown’s agony? Or vote for someone else in the hope of ending Gordon Brown’s premiership and getting a new Prime Minister in place?

* But, tsk tsk, overlooks that the Liberal Democrats have been arguing for decentralisation – and putting it into practice in local government – long before it became trendy amongst Labour or Conservative politicians to talk about the topic.

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