Local labour parties in Wales overwhelmingly back Starmer

All four Labour leadership candidates at the recent Cardiff hustings Credit: ITV Wales News

Keir Starmer has been overhwelmingly backed by local Labour party groups in Wales who’ve endorsed a candidate in the forthcoming leadership election.

Recent rule changes mean that endorsements by Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) is now one of the routes for contenders to go through to the final round of voting. That means CLPs which have stayed neutral in previous leadership elections have this time held endorsement votes of local members.

However it'll be down to individual members of the party and affiliated organisations to choose the final winner.

In Wales, 23 of the 40 CLPs has voted to endorse the Shadow Brexit Secretary. Four have backed Lisa Nandy while Rebecca Long-Bailey and Emily Thornberry have won nominations from two CLPs each.

All four Labour leadership candidates at the recent Cardiff hustings Credit: ITV Wales News

UK-wide Starmer is also ahead in terms of endorsements from 279 CLPs along with the support of a number of unions and affiliated organisations.

Rebecca Long-Bailey has the backing of 131, Lisa Nandy 56 and Emily Thornberry 18. Unless Thornberry can win the support of 33 CLPs, she'll be eliminated from the next round of voting.

Welsh CLPs backing Keir Starmer are:

  • Alyn and Deeside
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Brecon and Radnorshire
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff South and Penarth
  • Cardiff West
  • Cynon Valley
  • Islwyn
  • Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
  • Monmouth
  • Neath
  • Newport East
  • Newport West
  • Pontypridd
  • Preseli Pembrokeshire
  • Rhondda
  • Swansea East
  • Swansea West
  • Torfaen
  • Vale of Clwyd
  • Wrexham
  • Ynys Môn

Those backing Lisa Nandy are:

  • Aberavon
  • Clwyd West
  • Delyn
  • Llanelli

Rebecca Long-Bailey has won the endorsements of:

  • Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
  • Clwyd South

CLPs backing Emily Thornberry are:

  • Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
  • Vale of Glamorgan

Nine CLPs haven't yet expressed a preference. Ogmore CLP has decided not to endorse a candidate although its MP, Chris Elmore, is backing Keir Starmer. The local parties in Aberconwy and Arfon have yet to choose.

Members in Dwyfor Meirionnydd have voted but will announce their decision later today (Monday)

Ceredigion and Montgomeryshire CLPs are due to hold votes tonight (Monday), Gower on Thursday and Cardiff Central and Cardiff North on Friday.

The actual voting begins on 21st February when postal ballots are sent out and online voting is made available. It'll end on 2nd April with the result announced on 4th April.