There’s good news and there’s bad news about Yvette Cooper…

Bad news: the Labour leadership contest canvass figures released by Yvette Cooper’s team areĀ anemic at best – and if they follow the usual pattern in Lib Dem leadership contests of such internal canvassing over-stating your own support, they’re not merely anemic but awful. (Back in the knife-edge 2007 Lib Dem contest, for example, the Clegg campaign releasedĀ canvass data putting their man on 60%. He got 50.6%.)

Good news: to release such awful figures must surely be a show of honesty. Anyone fiddling data would at least produce something that looks half-good.

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