Just as ensuring that Jeremy Corbyn was given a chance to stand in the leadership election was the right thing to do, trying to get another to drop out now is the wrong thing to do.
The misguided belief is that defeating Corbyn is now the number one priority for the Party. This is self-defeating and undemocratic. If having a debate means including a candidate of the left then it certainly means including a candidate of the right as well.
Salving the party's consciousness by including Corbyn has given the left a boost. The outcome is almost secondary. The left of the party, anti-austerity campaigners, believers in a non-Trident future will have more confidence in their causes and ability to campaign because of Corbyn's showing. This will only be added to if the candidate currently trailing is pressurised to drop out. Kendall may be lagging at the moment but things can change....
Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall has dismissed calls for her to pull out of the contest and back another candidate to defeat Jeremy Corbyn.It follows a YouGov poll for the Times putting left-winger Mr Corbyn ahead in the race and Ms Kendall fourth.But she said: "I'll be fighting for what I believe in until the very end."