BBC NEWS | Politics | Oaten resigns over rent boy claim
My theory on the latest Oatengate.
The News of the World had either been sitting on this for a while perhaps some years waiting for Oaten's political value to increase, or they dug the dirt during the past few weeks on the off chance that he may win the leadership.
Either way when Mark withdrew this week the story became a ripe pear about to go past its sell by date. They had to publish this weekend before Mark Oaten slides out of the front page news.
Now this makes me wonder what they have on the other candidates, stories waiting for their moment to come.
Its a dirty game at times.