Image via WikipediaStuck between a rock and a hard place, Labour have decided to move the writ for the Norwich North by election to be held on 23rd July. This date, although difficult given their current standings in the polls, at least has the virtue of being after Parliament has gone into the summer recess. If it is another disaster then MPs won't be together and thus less able to plot against GordonBrown again.
The fact that an election is being held at all is a rare example of principle in politics. Forced out by his colleagues, the current incumbent, Ian Gibson, chose to resign from Parliament when he could have held on until a general election. Perhaps he was also keen to take one more swipe at his now ex leader too. Who could blame him. Gibson has been treated somewhat more harshly than others who are considered more reliable.
At the moment it looks likely that the Tories will win in Norwich. If they do it will be a good sign for the general election. Labour will attempt to shrug it off but the timing is indicative of nervousness that they could face a fractious and tense summer and autumn.