Monday, 14 January 2008

Dafydd Wigley Accepts - Shock, Horror!

Are you sitting comfortably? Yes! then I will begin with the shock of the year. Dafydd Wigley has accepted for his name to be put forward for the party's internal election for membership of the House of Lords.

The former MP and AM confirmed he had accepted the nomination and said a "strong voice" for Wales was needed.

I know that you've all just fallen off your seats, but if you remember, there were three conditions:

  1. Plaid’s policy should permit members to take seats there: this was satisfied by the November vote of the party’s national council.

  2. Plaid’s group of three MPs should agree with the move and that there should be a co-ordination mechanism between the MPs and the party’s peers. Plaid’s parliamentary leader Elfyn Llwyd has confirmed there is no difficulty on this account and that he welcomes the establishment of a Plaid presence in the second chamber.

  3. Involved creating a linkage between the Plaid team in the Lords and the National Assembly.
Well, it wasn't as if it involved moving heaven and earth.

As well as Mr Wigley, candidates for seats in the Lords will include the party’s economics adviser Eurfyl ap Gwilym, former chief executive Dafydd Williams, former AM Janet Davies, Gwynedd Council chair Meinir Owen and Rhian Medi Roberts, who works for the Plaid group in the House of Commons. Some prominent party members have decided not to stand, including the well-respected former AM Cynog Dafis.

Most people will be pleased by his announcement as Wigley will be a good voice for Wales. There's some even better news however - Yesterday, Pauline Jarman, a former AM who led Rhondda Cynon Taf council until 2004 and remains the council’s opposition leader, said she would not be a candidate for the House of Lords.

Mrs Jarman said, “I’ve listened to the advice of some people whose opinions I respect, and have decided not to put my name forward. There’s a lot of work to be done locally.” Phew!


Plaid supporter 14 January 2008 at 12:32  

Wigley and Eurfyl ap Gwilym,not sure about the rest. Have the others proved themselves?

Anonymous 14 January 2008 at 12:36  

Wigley is bound to be top of the list for old times sake. It should've happened a long time ago, but those bl**dy principles get in the way.

William ap confused 14 January 2008 at 12:42  

It'll be very interesting to find out how many they are allowed to have in the upper house. Is it based on % of votes in the country or the number of MPs?

Lord Snotty and Pals 14 January 2008 at 16:00  

Janet Davies is a cert. Most of the time she looks half asleep. Ideal qualification I would have thought for a life on the red benches.

Anonymous 14 January 2008 at 16:41  

Dafydd Williams, Meinir Owen and Rhian Medi Roberts. Has anyone heard of them outside the party?

Anonymous 15 January 2008 at 00:35  

Gwenllian Lansdown is a name for the future.

johnny foreigner 15 January 2008 at 02:51  

With Miss Wagstaff's gracious permission, I would respectfully refer readers to my posting on this matter over at Valley Mam's.

We, in the NONE of THESE TURKEYS Party, are currently forming a cabinet in expectation of a landslide victory at the next elections, and would welcome you aboard.

In recognition of your obvious talent and apparent predilection for whips and whipping i.e.

From Miss W's profile:

"Miss Wagstaff intends on assisting in whipping the One Wales WAG...."

and, of course, your association with Sennedd Whip, we would wish to offer you the post of Whipereen or Minister for Home Affairs.

Naturally, suitable black leather attire would be supplied, complete with mask and hood.

Your badge of office would obviously be your whip.

We are confident that your judicious cracking of the aforesaid, would bring an immediate halt to the hostility in Wales and would bring about peace and tranquility in our fair country.

Your office awaits you, Miss.

Come and join us.


Your pal.


Miss Wagstaff 15 January 2008 at 08:37  

JF - Like your suggestions for my new role. My only real concern is that we ate the best of the turkeys three weeks ago ;)

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