“Yes, I have received many letters from people asking me to stand again and I am thinking about it. The NEC hasn’t moved to select a new candidate yet and I can’t see them doing so in August.There are concerns that imposition may lead to a rerun of Baneau Gwent 505 general election campaign where Blaenau Gwent AM Peter Law won a sensational general election victory in 2005 after breaking with Labour and when he died a year later the seat was held in the ensuing by-election by his agent and former constituency party official Dai Davies.
“The wards [local party branches in Cynon Valley] were consulted and members said they wanted to choose the best candidate. They said they’d select a woman if she was the best candidate but they don’t want an all-women shortlist.
“I’m considering the requests that I stand again but haven’t contacted the party centrally at this stage.”
Labour did win Blaneau Gwent back in 2010 and there does seemto be no leading Male dissident in the mold of Peter Law.
However Plaid have in the past had a fairly strong presence in the Cynon Valley and a win there with a divided Labour Party is not impossible.
|General Election 2010: Cynon Valley|
|Plaid Cymru||Dafydd Davies||6,064||20.3||+6.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Lee Thacker||4,120||13.8||+1.6|
An all-women shortlist was not used to select a new candidate in Pontypridd when Kim Howells stood down in 2010, for example, and the seat is now held by high-flying Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith. Equally Stephen Kinnock, son of Neil and Glenys, the new candidate in Aberavon to succeed Hywel Francis at next year’s general election, was selected from an open shortlist.Can it be that Labour only want all women shortlists if they don't have a favourite son place?
Ms Clwyd, who is 77, responded positively when we asked if she was in good health and energetic. Paul Flynn, who is two years older than Ms Clwyd, has confirmed he will be seeking re-election in the Newport seat he has held since 1987.
And age should be no barrier If sh up to the job then there's no reason why sh and Paul Flynn should not carry on.
Indeed Paul Flynn appears to be more active than most Welsh Labour MPs.
Still one wonders if a U-Turn by Ms Clwyd rather than geting Labour out of a Hole may give Labour a bigger headache .