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Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams has accused Labour of "underhanded scheming" after reports that Diane Abbott would not be able to stand for the Labour Party. Tomos Morgan
As we've reported, Keir Starmer has said that no decision had been taken to bar Abbott but earlier, the Labour MP told the BBC she had been barred from standing for the party. BBC News
Williams accuses the Labour Party of having "always tried to control and cancel principled
candidates", referring to when Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney MP Gerald Jones beat Beth Winter to be the candidate in the new constituency of Merthyr Tydfil and Upper Cynon last June. Meanwhile, we've heard that Welsh First Minister Vaughan Gething will face a vote of no confidence in the Senedd next Wednesday.
"Labour’s underhanded scheming against their own members for this The Welsh Conservatives have tabled the vote on the first minister after weeks of controversy over donations to his recent leadership campaign.
election is worse than anything I have seen in my 23 years in frontline There have also been question marks over Covid-era text messages and the sacking of a minister for allegedly leaking information to the media, something she denies.
politics," Williams says, adding that he "greatly admired" Abbott for "standing up for what is right". For the vote to succeed, Plaid Cymru would have to back it and at least one Labour Senedd member would have to abstain.
Even if he were to lose, the result would not be binding on the first minister but it would put him in a difficult decision.
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