Welsh Labour chiefs say they won't back down in the row over all-women shortlists with activists in the Cynon Valley. I reported yesterday that the party's NEC insisted that members must choose a woman to succeed Ann Clwyd despite representations from the local party.
Now a Welsh Labour spokesperson has also defended the decision, explaining why it's considered to be so important:
The Labour MP Ann Clwyd, who has represented the constituency of Cynon Valley since 1984, says she is "proud" to have been elected, after announcing that she will stand down at the next general election.
The Labour MP Ann Clwyd is to stand down at the general election.
Ms Clwyd, 76, has represented the South Wales constituency of Cynon Valley since 1984.
She has been a long-standing campaigner for human rights and more recently on standards in the NHS following the death in hospital of her husband, Owen Roberts.
There’s speculation about whether Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd will stand again at the next election after a local party vote was halted.
I've been sent an email by the local party’s Secretary to all members telling them ‘the trigger ballot has been suspended.'
This is the mechanism by which the local party decides whether or not simply to re-select the sitting MP.
In his email, the Cynon Valley secretary says ‘A statement will clarify the situation on Monday and I would be grateful if you are willing to wait for this statement to explain the situation.'