Right-wing slate selected by Welsh Labour includes Labour First-backed candidate whose social media profile said she was only ‘just’ in Labour
Mary Wimbury is a failed candidate for Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) who was backed by the right-wing Labour First and Progress groups.
Wimbury was among a batch of candidates listed this week by Labour for the Welsh elections for the European Parliament next month – yet before her selection her Twitter profile claimed that she was only barely even in the party:
Prominent Welsh Labour members have told the SKWAWKBOX that all the listed candidates – below any incumbents who wish to contest the election – are on the right of the party:
Ms Wimbury – who attempted to identify herself with party leader Jeremy Corbyn during the NEC elections – was keen to distance herself from the UK party on Thursday:
But the ‘United Left Wales’ group of Unite shop stewards had already indicated that it would not support her candidacy:
One leading Welsh Labour member described the response of Welsh members to the list of candidates announced:
We’re all feeling sick.
The scale of the task facing Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford to bring his party’s established structures into line with the wishes of Welsh Labour’s mass membership who elected him was clearly demonstrated in this week’s selections.
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