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Vote Labour to stop UKIP in police election says former Plaid leader

Former Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Elis-Thomas. Credit: ITV News

Former Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Elis-Thomas has called on voters in North Wales to make Labour either their first or second preference for police commissioner. Lord Elis-Thomas is standing as a Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate but says that in the police commissioner election on the same day, voters "need to think and act tactically".

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.

– Dafydd Elis-Thomas

At the last police commissioner election, Dafydd Elis Thomas backed Labour's Tal Michael in North Wales. But unlike now, there was no Plaid Cymru candidate although many in the party backed the independent Winston Roddick, who went on to win.

In police commissioner elections, voters are asked to express two preferences on a single ballot paper, so Lord Elis-Thomas has left open the possibility of voting Plaid Cymru as a first preference and putting Labour second. That would only help Labour in a run-off against a third party, which the former Plaid leader says he fears could be UKIP. But he went on to say that it was Labour that had 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.

– Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Two years ago, Plaid's leader, Leanne Wood, sacked Lord Elis-Thomas a chair of an Assembly committee. He had criticised her for describing a vote for UKIP as "a vote against Wales". Last year he survived moves to deselect him as a candidate. He was backed by his constituency party members after he agreed not to criticise Plaid Cymru policy without discussing it with them first.

Five candidates are standing for election as Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales:

  • Arfon Jones -Plaid Cymru
  • Julian Sandham -Independent
  • David Taylor -Labour
  • Simon Wall -UKIP
  • Matt Wright -Conservative


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"Carwyn and I are going to get along fine" says Corbyn

Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn, on a visit to the Aneurin Bevan Stones near Tredegar, has claimed that he would have a good working relationship with First Minister Carwyn Jones, who's said that the veteran leftwinger would be "an unusual choice" of party leader.

Earlier Mr Corbyn said his campaign needed to be a bit cautious about a poll giving him a commanding lead in the leadership contest but when he was asked about how he'd get on with the First Minister, he talked as if he expected to be Labour leader.

Carwyn and I are going to get along fine ... perhaps we can narrow the clear red water [between Labour in Wales and at Westminster] -and walk across it.

– Jeremy Corbyn MP

Mr Corby added that a big movement was growing "full of optimism and hope".

Labour leader hopeful Jeremy Corbyn continues Wales tour

Jeremy Corbyn is the current frontrunner for the Labour leadership. Credit: PA

Labour leader hopeful Jeremy Corbyn will continue his two day tour of Wales later, with a trip to Tredegar and Cardiff.

It'll be a chance for Labour supporters to hear some of his messages and political viewpoints.

Mr Corbyn perviously said he wouldn't rule out a return for mining to South Wales.

A decision on the leadership will be announced in September.

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