So (Deep Breath) hat tip to him.
It seems Carwyn Jones was given a “roasting” by Welsh MPs during a meeting at Westminster over his plan to have policing powers devolved to Wales, we have learnt
According to the Mu;e
A senior Labour source said many Welsh Labour MPs were angry that the policy had been announced by the First Minister without it having gone through normal party processes and without them having been consulted.
Western Mail 16th March 2013The Mule goes on to tell us: senior Labour source told us:
“When Carwyn met the Welsh group of Labour MPs last week he was given a roasting by many of them. They felt he should have consulted them and gone through the party processes before going public with such a change in policy.“Carwyn has been told on the authority of Ed Miliband that such a move would not be a priority for a first term Labour Government.”The leadership at Westminster seems to be distancing themselves from this claim though:
A spokeswoman for Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith said: “Owen has made it clear that the party will make a decision on this issue before the next general election manifesto is drawn up.”A spokesman for Ed Miliband said: “No message has been conveyed to Carwyn Jones from the leader saying that devolving powers of policing to Wales will not be a first term priority for an incoming Labour government.”
Can you Imagine the Leader of Scottish Labour being treated d in this manner?
Does Owen Smith represent Wales in the Shadow Cabinet ot the Shadow Cabinet on Wales?
But as long Labour fail to come to terms with the reality of devolution this will continue.
And before the LibDems in wales get to outraged perhaps they should consider . What would be the reaction be if they had 10 rather than 3 Welsh MPs many of whom would be career politicians who entered then Welsh political scene because they came as students here?
in reality it is irrelevant who runs Labour in Wales at the moment Carwyn Jones, Owen Smith or Ed Miliband. When the party still cannot call for Wales to have parity with Scotland.
Only then who the Welsh leader of that party (or any other) truly start to matter.