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Deadline for leadership backers

By Carl Roberts
BBC Wales political reporter

Edwina Hart, Huw Lewis and Carwyn Jones
Edwina Hart, Huw Lewis and Carwyn Jones hope to succeed Rhodri Morgan

A clearer picture has emerged of who is supporting who as Welsh Labour leader and first minister as the deadline has passed for supporting nominations.

Welsh Labour MPs, AMs, the party's sole Welsh MEP, and constituency parties and affiliated bodies such as trade unions have made supporting nominations.

The race between Carwyn Jones, Edwina Hart and Huw Lewis will decide who succeeds the retiring Rhodri Morgan.

Party members will receive ballot papers at the beginning of November.

WHO HAS NOMINATED WHO
EDWINA HART
9 AMs: Rosemary Butler, Christine Chapman, Jeff Cuthbert, Andrew Davies, Janice Gregory, Edwina Hart, Jane Hutt, Val Lloyd, Sandy Mewies, Gwenda Thomas
3 MPs: Paul Murphy, Don Touhig, Martin Caton
6 organisations: Unite, CWU, Aslef, Community, Socialist Health Association, TSSA
6 Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs): Brecon and Radnorshire, Gower, Neath, Swansea East, Swansea West, Vale of Glamorgan


CARWYN JONES
8 AMs: Leighton Andrews, Lorraine Barrett, Jane Davidson, Alun Davies, Brian Gibbons, John Griffiths, Lesley Griffiths, Carwyn Jones, Carl Sargeant
14 MPs: Nick Ainger, Kevin Brennan, Chris Bryant, Ann Clwyd, Paul Flynn, Hywel Francis, David Hanson, Huw Irranca-Davies, Ian Lucas, Madeleine Moon, Albert Owen, Chris Ruane, Mark Tami, Betty Williams
4 organisations: Unison, NUM (South Wales), Ucatt, Musicians' Union
5 CLPs: Aberavon, Alyn and Deeside, Bridgend, Ogmore, Wrexham


HUW LEWIS
6 AMs: Irene James, Ann Jones, Huw Lewis, Lynne Neagle, Karen Sinclair, Joyce Watson
5 MPs: Nia Griffith, Dai Havard, Sian James, Martyn Jones, Jessica Morden
1 organisation: Co-operative Party
4 CLPs: Aberconwy, Clwyd West, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Torfaen

NB: These are the nominations the BBC has confirmed to date. As AMs, the candidates nominate themselves

The candidates have been spelling out their policies in a series of campaign and manifesto launches across Wales.

Mr Jones's campaign launch in his constituency of Bridgend highlighted his pledge to be a leader for the whole of Wales.

In a statement to Labour members Mr Jones said he was putting health "centre stage" in his campaign - laying down a clear marker to the candidate viewed as his chief rival, Ms Hart.

Carwyn Jones, the assembly government's counsel general, has also promised:

• strong public services that can protect people when they need help

• a dynamic economy with a focus on manufacturing, apprenticeships and green jobs

• to improve healthcare with better access to GP services and an improved ambulance service

• a "proper" funding programme for school buildings

• affordable child care and policies to look after Wales' children.

Derek Vaughan, Labour's sole Welsh MEP, has confirmed he will support Mr Jones, after deciding that the Bridgend AM's views are closer to his than anyone else's.

Edwina Hart is promising a "strong voice for a strong Wales" in her manifesto and a commitment to what she is calling the "clear red water" tradition of Welsh socialism.

The Gower AM has highlighted her experience in government since 1999 as a minister variously for finance, social justice, and latterly health.

If elected leader of Welsh Labour and first minister she has promised:

• to reshape economic policy by establishing a "social partnership" and growing indigenous Welsh businesses

Rhodri Morgan
Rhodri Morgan is stepping down after passing his 70th birthday

• to maintain the commitment to eradicate child poverty by investing "in the conditions which create success, not mopping up the consequences of failure"

• to redouble assembly government efforts in the renewable energy field, and "where nuclear power is concerned, only the highest degree of scepticism is sensible"

• to establish a centre for public service improvement, identifying and spreading best practice and innovation across all public services

• to attract back to Wales those who have previously left in search of work opportunities.

TheHuw Lewis campaign comes under the banner of "Let Labour be Labour" and he says he is not in the campaign just to make up the numbers.

Hustings meetings

At his campaign launch in his hometown of Aberfan, the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney AM told supporters: "I'm in this contest to win that battle of ideas and to put a defining vision back into the heart of this party we all love."

His manifesto is built around five pledges:

• to establish a "Welsh opportunities" fund "which we will create by setting up a national savings account, using the interest gathered to help deprived children"

• set up a formal social partnership between government, trade unions and business to agree long-term economic goals and ensure better working conditions

• to establish an all-party agreement on managing climate change

• renew a commitment to the NHS, putting patient outcomes first, supporting ambulance crews and opening "a new front" against waiting times

• to take a lead from the Co-operative Party in delivering new, imaginative - but workable - solutions to the shortage in affordable housing.

All three candidates will take part in five hustings meetings across Wales and members will have until Thursday, 26 November, to cast their vote.

The result is expected at about 1600 GMT on Tuesday, 1 December, according to the official leadership campaign website.

But the winner will have to wait a week before replacing Mr Morgan as first minister.



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