Peter Kellner, Chairman of YouGov, the UK Polling Organisation, announced on Anglia TV's 'Late Edition' programme last night (Thursday) that Charles Clarke's Norwich South constituency is vulnerable to being lost by Labour at the next general election.
Simon Wright, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Norwich South, would be most likely to gain. The Liberal Democrats came a close second last time in 2005. Boundary changes at the next election are also favourable to the Liberal Democrats, and the independent UK Polling Report (associated with YouGov) puts the swing required for a Lib Dem gain next time as just 3.85%
Norwich South was virtually the Labour Party's only seat in East Anglia in 1987, but nearly 10 years of Tony Blair has done a lot to change that. No-one should be surprised that Charles Clarke appears to be seeking an alternative to Gordon Brown to back in the leadership contest.
Charles Clarke appears desperate for any publicity at the moment in order to raise his profile and save his seat.