Ministerial stability is important: it allows ministers to build up experience and maintain focus. The same could be said for Opposition frontbenchers...
I make no bones about the fact that I didn't vote for Corbyn. I was and remain a huge admirer of the other candidates, in particular Liz Kendall who was spot on about some of the reasons we lost in the General Election, and Yvette Cooper who I ended up campaigning for, and who grows in stature every week as a leader and inspiration
So if you're undecided in these final few hours, I encourage you to support Andy Burnham - the candidate who gives us the best chance of winning the 2020 election with a programme that is true to our Labour values.
Labour is a crumbling old corner of the temple of British government and we're going to have to rebuild it completely, not just redecorate. So, for now, instead of sending in Burnham or Cooper with the vacuum cleaners and window dressing, let's just chuck the Corbyn grenade into the middle of it, and see what he can set alight.
The race has been transformed in the last ten days. Members hold the balance of power. It's a two horse race - and overwhelmingly both Liz and Andy supporters have Yvette as their second preference. That's why I think Yvette is going to win.
Yvette is best placed to counter the Tory government. It is well known that David Cameron has a "woman problem", and his replacement is likely to be another old Etonian like Boris who will be rattled by Yvette's forensic style.
A concerted march against Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for leader of Labour is in full stride across the political spectrum. Right and left, neoliberal a...
In response to the probably unnecessary furore about a statement Jeremy didn't actually say, his official campaign Twitter said this, "Jeremy has opened a debate on street harassment that is otherwise ignored." Well thank you so much Mr Corbyn. I must have imagined the stellar work by the @everydaysexism team for the past however many years. Or the local Hollaback campaigns in both London and Birmingham. I must have dreamed the Labour Women's Safety Commission meetings organised by Yvette Cooper. A lovely dream were I went to lots of local and national consultations with all of the founders of those campaigns and many other women's groups.
Are Cooper and Kendall the only women in this country who have never felt a hand creep onto their waist on the tube? Who've never had an erection launched into their lower back during rush hour? Who've never had a broom handle shoved up between their legs as they ascended the stairs at Tottenham Court Road?
Every Labour Party member is currently drowning in a sea of paper. Some have suffered only minor paper cuts; others haven't been so lucky. I have received roughly 23 letters since I wrote the previous sentence. My postman has suffered a nervous breakdown. Enough is enough.
Cooper's own vision of reforming capitalism into a social-democratic alternative based on Labour's founding principles of social justice seemed just as radical as Corbyn's vision to me - if not more so, as it looks to harness the future rather than the past.
This endorsement of Jeremy Corbyn is, admittedly, in part to do with the man's record; as one of Parliament's lowest expenses claimants; as the Labour MP to vote against the party whip more than any other; as someone who protested apartheid, opposed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and supported LGBT rights when such views were unpopular; as the only Labour leadership hopeful to oppose Trident and austerity.
The Labour Party is moving into meltdown before a single ballot has been cast. The polarisation within the party - pro and anti-Corbyn - is going to be problematic in the future. It is not just about "what if Corbyn wins?", but what if he only just loses.
So the deadline has now passed for people to register as Labour supporters to have a vote in the Labour Leadership election. Amid stories of malign infiltration by some Tories and others, Labour is right to check the genuineness of applications before ballot papers are issued.
I always believed that Labour had lost it's fight because it had lost sight of it's purpose. I was wrong. The party machines remains acutely aware of that purposes, it just chooses to ignore it. The three mainstream candidates have united to show only too clearly that their fight is still within them, it is still bristling.
The vultures have circled around Labour for years. Miliband even showed off a giant gravestone at one point, and outsiders have frequently dealt the party a huge blow, e.g. Russell Brand, who displayed a sudden passion for politics and urged his apathetic fans to vote for Miliband... a mere 14 days after the deadline to register had passed!