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Welsh Labour leadership contest Monday, 15 February, 1999, 17:20 GMT
Morgan makes it to Number 10
The Welsh Week at Westminster by David Cornock, BBC Wales Parliamentary Correspondent

Welsh labour leadership contest
Even the No 10 policeman appeared to blink twice at the sight of Rhodri Morgan on the prime minister's doorstep.

The would-be Assembly leader was among candidates invited for a reception with Tony and Cherie Blair.

Apparently, there was no canvassing over the canapés as hostilities were put aside for 90 minutes - and Rhodri was a little disappointed that Mr Blair didn't lead the community singing on guitar.


With little more than 100 days to go before the first Welsh general election, all parties are gearing up for action.

Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Wigley is embarking on a tour of Wales to deliver keynote policy speeches to selected audiences.

With Plaid optimistic of success, Mr Wigley has even pledged to go on the wagon until polling day on May 6.


Politicians are never slow to jump on a rolling bandwagon and Swansea City's FA Cup success spurred three MPs into action.

Led by Swansea West's Alan Williams, the trio have tabled a Commons motion congratulating the Swans' success in defeating West Ham United.

Mr Williams does has some soccer pedigree - his daughter used to play for Arsenal Ladies!

The timing of Lyndon Harrison's departure as a Labour Euro candidate, on the eve of Tony Blair's visit to North Wales, is no coincidence.

Mr Harrison's selection, ahead of sitting Welsh MEPs, provoked a grass-roots revolt that galvanised ministers and party officials into action.

Health reasons may be the official reason, but it would not be surprising to learn Mr Harrison was offered a job or peerage to fall on his sword.


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