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Miliband email invites Tory leader to become a Labour candidate

by Adrian Masters

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has received a second email from Ed Miliband, this time inviting him to become a Labour candidate in the next UK Election. It follows an earlier email ahead of the Labour leader's speech on his party's relationship with unions.

The latest email from Ed Miliband begins 'Andrew, I am so inspired by this party' - presumably his party, not the one Mr Davies leads in Wales. Mr Miliband goes on to talk about Labour's Future Candidates Programme and issues this invitation:

If you’re at all interested in becoming a Labour candidate, I'd urge you to apply now.Applications for the next group of trainees close on Monday morning.

Obviously the email is a circular aimed at Labour members but the Welsh Tory chief is baffled as to how he was included on the mailing list. Perhaps the fact he shares a name with a former Labour minister explains it. Either way, he's not planning to take up Ed Miliband's offer.

We always knew Labour was short on ideas, but it looks like they’re short on candidates too. I am flattered by the offer, but I have enough on my plate holding Ed Miliband’s lazy Labour Government to account.

– Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Opposition

Welsh Tory leader gets Miliband email

by Adrian Masters

Ahead of his major speech on reforming the relationships between the trades unions and Labour, party leader Ed Miliband wrote to party members. One surprised recipient of the email was Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies.

He was particularly pleased by the Labour leader's opening comments:

Andrew,

Before I give my speech on Party reform this morning, I wanted you to be the first to know what I'm going to say.

A Welsh Conservative source says 'nice of Ed to contact Andrew first.'

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First Minister dismisses Westminster role rumours

by Adrian Masters

There was one bit of political gossip the First Minister was keen to stamp out during his London visit: the suggestion that he might be being lined up for a Westminster role. In the New Statesman a couple of weeks ago, Kevin Maguire wrote:

Carwyn Jones, the rugby-playing First Minister of Wales, is to play a bigger role in British politics. Ed Miliband’s office recognizes that the leader of the only bit of the land under Labour rule is a reminder that the party is down but not entirely out. Some in the Labour leader’s circle would like Jones the Job in the House of Commons. The man himself, however, has other ideas and prefers to govern from Cardiff.

Which is exactly what Carwyn Jones said when the Western Mail's David Williamson and I asked him about the rumours during a conversation at the Welsh Government's London office. He laughed off the suggestion that he would even consider swapping the Assembly for Parliament:

I see being First Minister of Wales as a great honour. I certainly don't see it as a stepping stone.

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