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Losing candidate may become peer
Peter Law with Maggie Jones (right)
Peter Law defeated Maggie Jones at the general election
The Labour candidate who lost the party's safest Welsh seat has been nominated for a peerage, according to a leaked document.

Maggie Jones, defeated by independent Peter Law in Blaenau Gwent at the general election, is included in a list of nominations to the House of Lords.

The honours list containing Ms Jones' name appeared in a national newspaper.

Downing Street refused to comment on the leaked list. The official list is due to be published later this month.

Ms Jones was defeated in Blaenau Gwent on 5 May despite defending a 19,000 Labour majority - the party's largest in Wales.

Maggie Jones
Maggie Jones was selected by Labour from an all-woman shortlist

Ex-Labour Assembly Member Peter Law won the seat following a campaign which centred on the issue of all-woman shortlists for Labour candidates.

Mr Law, who left the Labour Party over the issue, won the seat with a 9,121 majority.

Ms Jones, a long-serving trade union official, will become a working peer in the Lords.

Deputy Welsh Health Minister John Griffiths defended the nomination saying she "deserves her peerage".

He added that she had done a lot of work and held a high profile as a union official and a Labour activist for many years.

Mr Griffiths said: "She has succeeded in many ways and is now being rewarded for that."


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