What Kathy Dunderdale said in 2012 about wanting to be Premier:
“If you live your life more in the moment, the rest of it will work its way out.”
Sounds a lot like what SRBP told you. Here’s one comment from July 2011:
Kathy Dunderdale took over the job in the first place on the understanding it would be a temporary thing. The shift in December had more to do with internal party politics than Dunderdale’s sudden discovery she had some goals to accomplish. [Hint: she didn’t].
Then out of the blue she gave some of her staff new titles and presumably bigger salaries to go with them. At least, they will certainly have fatter severance packages now when she leaves the office well before the next election.