Liverpool Labour avoids civil war as Nick Clegg kills off boundary review
Liverpool MPs Maria Eagle, Stephen Twigg, Luciana Berger, and Louise Ellman.
Not for the first time the Liverpool Labour party will be feeling somewhat grateful towards Nick Clegg this morning.
His party's marriage to the Conservatives had already destroyed its short-term electoral chances locally.
And now he has saved the Labour party from a potentially damaging Merseyside internal war, by killing off the boundary review, that would have seen one Liverpool constituency deleted.
The proposed boundary changes had set Garston MP Maria Eagle and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger against each other as their constituencies were set for a merger.
Many of the disagreements in the Liverpool Labour party can be seen through the prism of the fight for that seat.
The fallout in the party over who was backing the who in the race to become the Labour party candidate for police and crime commissioner is a prime example.
Supporters of Jane Kennedy, former Wavertree MP who won the candidacy, were seen as pro-Bergerites. While those lining up behind Peter Kilfoyle, who narrowly missed out, were seen as pro-Eaglites.
Even though in some cases that may not have been the reality, perception - they say - is more important than reality.
But what had already been seen were just early skirmishes as both sides prepared for what was expected to be a dirty and bloody fight for the seat.