Friday, December 12, 2003
Blaenau Gwent crisis comes to a head
The selection of Labour NEC member, Maggie Jones last night, as the Labour candidate for Blaenau Gwent at the next General Election has brought the crisis in Welsh Labour about all-women shortlists to a head. Those opposed to an all-women shortlist include the AM, Peter Law and the local MP, Llew Smith. They will now meet to decide whether they will stand against her. If they do their canidate could be Peter Law and the Labour majority in the Welsh Assembly wll disappear. Their objection is that the all-women shortlist has been imposed as a way of forcing a Blairite candidate onto Blaenau Gwent. Interesting times are ahead.