Whilst Labour’s is yet to see how many challengers for the soon to be vacated “Welsh” Leader position with only Mark who rapidly emerged as the frontrunner, but three ministerial colleagues in the Welsh government â€“ health and social services secretary Vaughan Gething apparently being the only AM to get the required nominations at the moment they still have to decide what voting system they are going to use after the debacle of the Deputy Leadership contest where Caroline Harris’s victory comes despite more party members backing her rival Julie Morgan. The Swansea East MP won more votes among AMs and MPs, and groups linked to the Labour party including unions.
Plaid’s has kicked off and arguably with three “Star” candidates it could create divisions within the party or generate interest beyond that whoever wins could lead to a polling bounce,
So what of the Tories ?
There seems to be nothing like the activity in the Plaid Race and the latest BBC report has the Welsh Conservative leadership hopeful Paul Davies has dismissed the idea that he is a colourless politician.
“I wouldn’t think I’m grey. My colleagues don’t think I’m grey,”
“My colleagues think I’m the right person for the job, not just to be leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly but first minister of Wales.”
Both he and rival candidate Ms Davies – AM for South West Wales – want the next assembly group leader to be known also as the leader of the Welsh Conservatives, a distinction which has appeared to cause conflict within the party in recent years.
“Devolution is devolution,”
“We obviously develop our own policies here at an assembly level and we develop policies that actually suit the needs of the people of Wales.”
“I’m no assassin at all,”
“I’d like to think I’m open,” he added.
“I’ve been the business manager [for the Conservative group] over the last few years. I’ve built up relationships with other parties on that basis and I’d like to think people would be able to approach me.”