“It is believed the ex-Home Secretary bruiser will replace Harriet Harman in a June 12 reshuffle - so allowing him to take on the Tories on TV and radio in the election run-up.The Spectator ponders whether Brown is seeking another 'Mandelson moment' by bringing back a former cabinet rival. But let’s face it - Reid is no Mandelson. I always wondered where the high praise for Reid came from when he was at the Home Office. Yes, he pushed through much needed reform by splitting the Home Office and Department of Justice. But I could never quite understand where the leadership speculation arose from,
With No.10's blessing, he led the Labour attack after the Budget and defended the 50 per cent tax rate on those earning more than £150,000."
Reid is also planning to retire after the next election. What does it say about the Labour Party if its Chair, leading the charge in to the next election, is preparing for retirement?
Is it an issue to add another prominent Scot to the frontbench line up?