So, farewell then, Shadow Immigration Minister Phil Woolas.
Woolas has become the first MP for 100 years to have his election declared void, having been found guilty of lying about his opponent. At the centre of the case is extremely racially charged leaflets Woolas put out about his Liberal Democrat opponent.
One particular irony about this case is that Phil Woolas has a long term working relationship with the 'anti-fascist' magazine Searchlight, and indeed after Notting Hill's Jon Cruddas was probably Searchlight's best friend in the House of Commons. Woolas was also involved with Searchlight's Hope Not Hate campaign, which worked at the last election to reduce the BNP's vote - a message Woolas clearly took to heart by stealing some of their politics!
If they have not already removed it from their website, here is a Hope Not Hate puff piece on 'life long anti-racist' Phil Woolas, plus Woolas promoting Hope not Hate in Swindon and here is Phil Woolas MP praising Searchlight for their work in Oldham East and Saddleworth.