Plaid, Conservative and Liberal Democrat supporters to give their first or second preference votes to David Taylor on May 5, saying he wants to “stop Ukip in their tracks”. By doing so, he could face attempts to have him expelled from Plaid Cymru, which is fielding its own candidate, Wrexham councillor Arfon Jones. The peer, a former leader of Plaid who is seeking re-election as AM for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, is taking the unprecedented step of encouraging all mainstream voters in North Wales to give one of their votes on the police commissioner ballot paper to Welsh Labour’s candidate, David Taylor.
Commenting on his call, Lord Elis-Thomas said:
“I believe voters in North Wales need to think and act tactically in the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner, in order to stop Ukip in their tracks.“The relatively new role of commissioner is hugely important in terms of injecting real democratic accountability into policing here in North Wales. It’s crucial therefore that the result of this election is not skewed by the UKIP vote for the Assembly on the same day. “That’s why I’m calling on all supporters of Plaid Cymru, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats right across North Wales to cast either their first or second preference vote for Labour’s David Taylor on polling day, to stop Ukip from inadvertently benefiting. “David is someone I have known for many years. He is a Labour Party member but like me is never afraid to speak his mind and will always put the interests of North Wales first. He is the candidate who can unite our region. "I know he would make an outstanding commissioner, bringing a much-needed new energy and enthusiasm to the role. “It’s important that a true reflection of North Wales voting intention determines the outcome of the PCC election on May 5 and extremism is not rewarded by accident.”
If a candidate fails to win an overall majority on the first count, second preference votes are added and the candidate with the highest total wins.
Commenting on the endorsement from Lord Elis-Thomas, Mr Taylor said:
“I am deeply honoured to have received the backing of Dafydd Elis-Thomas. “Although we are in different parties, he is one of Wales’s leading statesmen and someone I respect a great deal. “I have tried to run a positive campaign, and have been determined to show that I would be a commissioner for everyone in North Wales. I am humbled by the support I am receiving.”
One of the reasons I am nor a member of Plaid is that I wish for this Blog to be Independent and able to criticsise Plaid when I feel it is necessary and Yes to make a similar call as Dafydd El has made.
But he is a Party member and candidate and if it was anyone else Plaid would institute disciplinary procedures against him.
Perhaps with Plaid to become the main position Party in the Assembly he believes that every seat Plaid wins is vital and therefore he can say what he likes.
But what if costs others their seat by provoking discord in his Party.
Just over a week ago I said that The first Problem the next Assembly will face, will be finding a Llywydd (Presiding officer ) and said that
So it will be interesting time. Will Dafydd El break ranks to get his old exalted position back?
Could this be a bid by Dafydd El to create a situation where the safest thing Plaid could do is nominate him for Llwydd again?