Labour's ruling National Executive Committee is
expected to agree a timetable next week for the leadership election to replace
The BBC understands
Labour officials have settled on a seven-week campaign for both the leader and
deputy leader to run simultaneously.
If, as widely predicted, it is after the
Scottish and Welsh elections on 4 May, the country could have a new prime
minister by 22 June.
Time to again remind Special
that they are not allowed to participate in the Labour Leadership and Deputy
The Code of Conduct for Special Advisers can be found on the Propriety
and Ethics section of the Cabinet Office website.
The code is
clear, they can't assist in any way in a leadership campaign unless they are on
So if you spot a
SpAd in the Portcullis coffee shop making the case for votes for their boss,
you know what to do. Call the national Shop-a-SpAd
hotline on 0709 284 0531 or fax evidence to 0709 201 2337.