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WELSH LEADERS BACK MICHAEL OVER MORGAN

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A straw poll of Labour council leaders in Wales reveals overwhelming endorsement for new secretary of state Alun Mi...
A straw poll of Labour council leaders in Wales reveals overwhelming endorsement for new secretary of state Alun Michael as Labour leader in the assembly above his rival, Cardiff West MP Rhodri Morgan.

Leaders contacted by LGC were complimentary about Mr Morgan's abilities, but not one said they would back him if they could vote directly.

City and County of Swansea leader Michael Hedges said he would vote for the person holding the job of Welsh secretary to take over as Labour group leader on the assembly to achieve a seamless transfer of power. Mr Hedges' views were echoed by Cardiff CC leader Russell Goodway.

Neath Port Talbot CBC leader Noel Crowley suggested the secretary of state should assume leadership under a voluntary agreement in the run-up to next May's assembly elections, with an election afterwards.

'If we in the Labour Party are to control the assembly, we need to be out there working now, not embarking on another contest which will drag on well after Christmas,' he said.

Flintshire CC leader Tom Middlehurst, chair of the Welsh Local Government Association, was very positive in endorsing Mr Michael. He praised the former Welsh secretary's vision for Welsh politics to be based on inclusivity and partnership.

'I honestly believe it is Alun Michael who is the best able to deliver on the politics Ron wanted.'

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