Tony represents a large section of the party that has traditionally drawn its strength from the historical development of democracy in Britain and other European countries. The NEC constituency section, with the exception of Neil Kinnock, is now made up of the Shadow Cabinet members. Tony's absence will exacerbate the problems associated with the dearth of debate on key areas of party policy. This cannot be good for the health of the party.
It was unlike Roy to put his bile into print. However, I must congratulate him for his moral fortitude in saying what others are thinking.
MEP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Lab)