Labour’s former Shadow Chancellor, Alan Johnson, yesterday stepped down from frontline politics to spend more time doing his post round.
‘I have found it difficult to combine the role of Shadow Chancellor with my job as ‘postie’ for Kingston Upon Hull (West and Hessle),’ said Johnson. He then waved to photographers as he drove away from the Commons in his little red van, only stopping once to empty the letter box at the end of the Mall.
Although his announcement came as something of a surprise to most at Labour HQ, Johnson insists that the motivating factor behind his decision was purely ambition and not politics.
‘I might be 60, but I still have ambition and the future looks bright for us posties,’ said Johnson, popping a flyer for half-price double glazing in the letter box at Number 5. ‘Which is more than can be said for the Labour Party under David Miliband’s leadership. Or is it Ed?’