Even so, an account of the latest meeting of the Labour group on the city council, published on the blog of the Leicester Mercury's political correspondent David MacLean, makes remarkable reading:
A row between a local councillor and a political figure came close to the pair landing blows on each other because of the intense fury, a cabinet member claimed.David's blog will be worth following in the weeks leading up to the by-election.
Meanwhile a different cabinet member, it is alleged, was left tearful after witnessing the “bullying and arrogance” of one Labour faction. “I can’t put up with this for any longer,” they were heard to say.”
Other claims were made which, even if published as blind items on this blog, would stray into dangerous legal waters.