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Welsh Labour leadership contest Friday, 19 February, 1999, 13:51 GMT
Who now for Welsh Labour?
The divisive contest to find a new leader for the Labour group in the Welsh Assembly is set to end on Saturday - almost four months after Ron Davies abandoned the post. By quitting bizarrely and unexpectedly, after a "moment of madness" on London's Clapham Common, Davies managed to stimulate interest in Welsh politics throughout the UK. The repercussions are not yet over.


The contenders


The two men fighting for the job could scarcely be more different. Alun Michael, who took over from Davies at the helm of the Welsh Office, is a Blairite who initially decided against standing for the Welsh Assembly in favour of a ministerial post at the Home Office. His opponent, Rhodri Morgan, boasts of having worked in all the key areas in Wales and insists he retains strong grassroots support.

Few observers think Morgan is wrong. But under the electoral system devised by the Welsh Labour Party, Michael remains the probable victor.


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After the narrow win by the Yes camp in the referendum on devolution, Welsh Labour Party supporters soon found themselves in the middle of yet another election campaign.

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