Thursday, February 18, 1999 Published at 15:54 GMT
Morgan wins MSF vote
The MSF voted 75% to 25% in favour of Rhodri Morgan
The Manufacturing, Science and Finance workers union has voted to support Rhodri Morgan in the Welsh Labour leadership bout with three-quarters of members backing the left-wing backbencher.
The final choice will be made by an electoral college composed of politicians, unions and party members.
Mr Michael should have the votes of the majority of Welsh Labour MPs, Euro-MPs and prospective assembly candidates.
On the other side, Mr Morgan is set to clinch the overwhelming support of the 25,000 party faithful who are irked by Downing Street's apparent determination to thrust the Welsh secretary upon them.
The crucial union test in the leadership race comes on the eve of the voting result when the fourth biggest union, the GMB, announce which candidate they are backing.
The Labour Party in Wales will also begin counting votes from party members ahead of the final announcement.
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