But what is very curious is his response:
Mr Fairbrother said he believed the rules forbade political candidates, not MPs.
Fairbrother is of course the Labour Party candidate for Napier.
Now to be fair he has as much chance of winning back the seat he lost in 2005, as Britney Spears has to win Mother of the Year. But he realy should not concede the election until after the ballots are cast.