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FEARS THAT LABOUR WILL DOMINATE NEW WELSH ASSOCIATION

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Fears that Labour will dominate the new Welsh association of unitary authorities, and that it will have a pro-South...
Fears that Labour will dominate the new Welsh association of unitary authorities, and that it will have a pro-South Wales bias have sparked complaints about the way it is being set up, reports The Western Mail (p6).

Authorities are currently being consulted on the format of the new organisation.

A report to Denbighshire UA says that with the voting patterns being suggested, 'South Wales authorities could dictate a pattern to North Wales which is unacceptable.'

And Paul Valerio, the Conservatives' Welsh local government spokesman said: 'Under these proposals, ourselves, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats will find it impossible at present to form a group. This is manifestly unfair.'

But, reports The Western Mail, Harry Jones, Labour leader of the new Welsh association said: 'Nothing has been concluded. Every suggestion which is put forward will be carefully considered.

'I hope that the new organisation will work on a consensus basis because there is a community of interest across 90% of what we will discuss.'

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