Friday, October 30, 1998 Published at 18:27 GMT
Race on to replace Ron
Rhodri Morgan: Front-runner for the Welsh leadership
Pressure is building on Labour in Wales to hold an internal election to choose its candidate for first secretary of the Welsh assembly, rather than have party headquarters impose someone.
"Alun Michael is a good minister. No one would have any complaints about Alun Michael being the leader in Wales.
"But I think the majority of people in Wales would like a contest so he could be elected to the position," he told BBC Radio 4's The World At One.
"Therefore we feel we should be given an important part in the selection, in choosing our leaders."
Choosing a new leader is a thorny problem, not least because nominations for the pool of Labour candidates' for the assembly closed in March.
But the race is on to find a successor to Mr Davies for the assembly.
Earlier on Friday morning, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said the Welsh Labour Party had to decide on finding a replacement.
The Cardiff West MP Rhodri Morgan, who was defeated by Mr Davies in last month's leadership contest, is the early favourite.
He put up a strong challenge in the previous contest and is popular with the grassroots.
He is definitely interested. When asked on the BBC's Newsnight programme if he would stand he replied: "Do one-legged ducks swim in a circle?"
He also denied the Labour leadership was conducting an "Anyone but Rhodri!" campaign.
There have been reports that Mr Michael, the Welsh secretary, will give in to pressure from the party leadership and throw his hat in the ring.
Mr Michael has praised his predecessor's "great personal dignity" deciding to quit in the best interests of Wales and the Labour Party.
Assembly candidate Wayne David, the Labour MEP for South Wales Central and former leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, is another potential contender.
He is loyal to Tony Blair, but lacks the prominence or true New Labour credentials of Mr Michael.
Feverish speculation has even led to the name of Neil Kinnock - or failing that, his wife Glenys - being resurrected as a possible new Welsh leader.
Mr Kinnock has denied that he is interested in the position. In any case, he is widely thought in recent years to have had his eye on the far bigger prize of the European Commission presidency.
It is thought extremely unlikely they would give up their respective Euro-berths to return to domestic politics.
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