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Sunday, 2 July, 2000, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Rhondda loser gets second chance
Wayne David
Wayne David may now have a chance of being an MP
Wayne David - the Labour politician who lost the Rhondda Assembly seat to Plaid Cymru - has been selected as Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Caerphilly.

Former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies is standing down as MP for Caerphilly at the next general election so that he can concentrate on his role as the Assembly Member for the same seat.

Mr David - who was Labour's leader in the European Parliament - now has the chance to bounce back after being defeated in the Assembly elections in the Rhondda by Plaid Cymru.

He had stood down from the European Parliament in order to fight for the Rhondda, which, with a huge Labour majority at Westminster, was one of Labour's safest seats in Britain.

But a big surge in Plaid Cymru support across Wales, coupled with a local protest vote against the scandal-hit Labour council administration in Rhondda left Mr David out of a job as local chemist Geraint Davies took the Rhondda for Plaid.

However, the Caerphilly nomination, which it is understood Mr David won comfortably from a list of eight candidates, now seems to offer him a road back to politics.

Ex Welsh Secretary's tribute

Ron Davies said: "I have known Wayne David for many years.

"He's a very experienced and able candidate and I'm looking forward to working with him."

Labour will also select a new candidate on Sunday to replace Rhodri Morgan.

Like Ron Davies, Mr Morgan, the Assembly First Secretary, has the dual role of Assembly Member and MP.

Both will stand down from Parliament at the next general election to concentrate on the Assembly.

That decision has opened up a succession struggle in what should be two safe Labour seats.

In Cardiff West, Kevin Brennan, Rhodri Morgan's closest aide, is thought to be favourite. Party members are to decide from a shortlist of four on Sunday.

Under party rules, each shortlist contains an equal number of men and women.

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