Friday, 3 April 2009

Contest, what contest?

Posted on Bevan Foundation blog on April 3rd 2009

The Western Mail reports that Health Minister Edwina Hart is "secretly seeking support for a Welsh Labour leadership bid among her union contacts". The BBC's Dragons Eye reports that Education Minister Jane Hutt is canvassing support to stand.

Avid readers of this blog will know that I think this is healthy and long-overdue.

But, simply in the interests of context you'll understand, here are some figures to reflect on:

Labour majorities in the 2007 Assembly election :

Vale of Glamorgan: 83 (0.2%)
Swansea West: 1,511 (6.6%)
Gower: 1,192 (4.3%)
Bridgend: 2, 556 (10.4%)
Merthyr: 4, 581 (21.8%)

Oh dear.

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