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Adrian Masters
Political Editor, ITV Cymru Wales. Author 'Nothing Has Changed' Purveyor of late-night political chat. Unlikely TV chef. Inordinately fond of Cocteau Twins.
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Adrian Masters 1h
Mark Drakeford has, I gather, emailed Welsh Labour MPs tonight, telling them he’s deeply disappointed at the decision.
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Uncivil Still 2h
The other Labour row tonight...
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Mary Wimbury 2h
And I was already 🤬🔥 about the decision today - how dare they disrespect devolution in this way 🤬🔥
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Hollie Wickens 2h
Would love to hear the NEC’s justification for this. It’s utterly ridiculous.
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Richard Martin 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 2h
Whatever one’s feelings of warmth to Welsh Labour, it’s hard not to feel sorry for the Welsh activists in the party who’ve fought hard for greater autonomy from the London party only to lose it all with one Corbyny snap of the fingers. Quite the thread from ⬇️
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14/14 ‘It’s a foolish row to have on the eve of our conference,’ one source told me. ‘It’s a disgrace,’ said another, that will only push away allies that Corbyn can’t afford to alienate.
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13/14 The Welsh Executive Committee will now meet to consider the implications of today’s decision.
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12/14 But I gather there’s a feeling that today’s vote suggests that Jeremy Corbyn’s office has decided to impose rules on Welsh Labour which adds to a growing feeling that the office continues to disrespect the only Labour leader of a government in the UK.
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11/14 He’s also a big supporter of giving members a greater say in the running of the party in Wales and seeing decisions made in Wales.
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10/14 But more worrying for the leadership should be what I understand to be the reaction of the leadership in Wales, led by Mark Drakeford who was an early and strong supporter of Jeremy Corbyn.
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9/14 I understand that Welsh Labour MPs are angry, not particularly about the rule change but that the principle of devolution within the party has been overridden. ‘It throws devolution under a bus,’ I was told.
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8/14 Some have told me it was done ‘purely for factional reasons’ i.e. control over trigger ballots such as that held against Police & Crime Commissioner Alun Michael this week.
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7/14 I.e. Welsh Labour’s rules require 51% to trigger full selection against sitting AMs whereas the now-confirmed England & Wales rules will mean only 1/3 vote required to do the same against a sitting MP.
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6/14 It means there’ll now be different standards for triggering a full selection contest in the same constituency.
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5/14 However the NEC voted against devolving that power to Welsh Labour.
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4/14 Devolving reselections (i.e. trigger ballots) was seen as ‘a sensible cleaning up of the rules.’ Not only that but it was supported by Mark Drakeford the First Minister and Welsh Labour leader and his NEC appointee, Mick Antoniw
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3/14 (I should say that some thought that Welsh Labour had long had power over selections and reselections for MPs in Wales. Apparently not. They certainly don’t now.)
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2/14 It’s over a decision taken by the NEC not to devolve reselections in parliamentary constituencies. Welsh Labour is already in charge of selections here, so for AMs & MPs and reselections for AMs.
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1/14 There’s a lot of attention on Labour’s NEC decision regarding Labour Students but another decision taken appears to be causing a major row with Welsh Labour and could seriously harm relations between Jeremy Corbyn and one of his earliest supporters, Mark Drakeford.
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Adrian Masters 2h
Welsh Labour /NEC thread incoming.
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