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Thursday, 7 December

Feuds Corner

posted by David | 1537 BST |

The season of goodwill is almost upon us - along with the awards ceremonies that have crept into the political calendar.

Voters up and down the land are joyful that those unsung heroes who toil on our behalf as elected representatives now have the chance to be rewarded for their efforts.

Sadly, the awards categories are strictly limited, so there are no prizes for most self-obsessed blogger or best feud.

In the latter category, Welsh secretary Peter Hain and Plaid Cymru parliamentary leader would find it difficult to escape nomination.

Their feud began a few months ago when Mr Llwyd used parliamentary privilege to claim Mr Hain had offered a peerage to the late Peter Law in an attempt to stop him standing against Labour.

Mr Hain emphatically denied the claim - as had Mr Law in a TV interview. Mr Llwyd refused to apologise.

Last week, Mr Hain had a dig at Mr Llwyd's expense in the Commons during some warm comments about his Tory shadow, Cheryl Gillan: "The hon. Lady is an extremely dutiful member. She even went through the Lobby in her wheelchair to vote for a Plaid Cymru motion on Iraq, while the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr Llwyd) was enjoying tapas and vino tinto in Madrid."

Mr Llwyd, who was in Spain discussing corporation tax rates with Spanish civil servants, looked thunderous, but refused to rise to the bait. Indeed, he even wished Mr Hain's wife a speedy recovery from a nasty car accident.

So is the feud thawing? Er, not yet. Mr Llwyd has been left off the guest list for Mr Hain's Christmas party, although other Plaid Cymru MPs have been invited.

This may be one for Kofi Annan before he steps down as United Nations Security Council.

P.S. One month ago today, leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh assembly Nick Bourne asked party officials "urgently" to remove Peter Davies, father of AM and MP David, from the Tories' list of approved candidates for the assembly elections. Yes, he's still on the list.


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