Under Blair, Liam Byrne, MP for Birminhgam Hodge Hill was earmarked by John Reid, the Home Secretary, to sort out the immigration fiasco.
Under Brown, he was moved to the Cabinet Office, presumably not to continue upsetting the ethnic vote.
In 2010, Sion Simon stood down as MP for the safe Labour seat of Birmingham Erdington, in order to concentrate on being elected as Mayor of Birmingham in 2012. The seat was assumed by Jack Dromey, chosen from a mixed-sex candidate-list, even though Labour's policy, keenly pushed by (Deputy Leader) Harriet Harman, was for selection contests to be restricted to female-only candidates. There again, Jack Dromey is married to Harriet Harman.
In opposition, Jack Dromey, without ever having previously been an MP, is immediately promoted to Shadow Communities Minister.
Liam Byrne is Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, but is seen as a team-Blair man whereas the new leader, Miliband is a team-Brown man.
He can see the writing on the wall and states his intention to stand for Mayor of Birmingham!! This cuts across any deal that may have been done between Harman, Dromey, Simon and the Labour leadership.
Harman claims the party can't financially afford to have a by-election in Byrne's constituency and blocks the move.
Byrne gives the best speech of the week at the Labour Party Conference.
Byrne is sacked by Miliband from his Shadow Works and Pension Secretary position.
Dromey is also sacked, presumably a sacrifice to appease the Blairites and/or discourage them from airing their dirty laundry in public.
Alan Johnson, who has turned down opportunities to join Miliband's leadership team, appears in several interviews to publish his new autobiography and remind the electorate what impeccable true-Labour credentials he has and how good he is at engaging with the man and woman in the street.
Labour Party Conference: watch this space.
Edited by Wolford6, 08 October 2013 - 12:07 PM.