the rumours were indeed true and David Beckett is off to the States ... he has secured a place at Havard ... at a personal level, many congratulations to him and I do wish him all the best in his move.
Politically, this will be a very interesting contest :-)
I mentioned yesterday that, in 2007, only 200 1st-preference votes separated the top 4 Parties with the Greens close behind --- but equally as significant is that fact that everyone was at least 360 1st-preference votes short of the electoral quota, and that was on a 50% turnout.
With a much lower turnout in August (apparently, that's the time-frame?) then this will be a pretty open contest.
I sense an exceptionally busy, couple of months of campaigning coming up :-))