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Left activists in Welsh Labour plan to devolve national party rulebook

LEFT activists in Welsh Labour are planning to devolve the national party’s rule book to Wales at the party’s conference this weekend in Llandudno.

The Welsh Labour Grassroots (WLG) group want to bring clear, red water between the party in Wales and the Keir Starmer-led British party.

The group is supporting motions to devolve the party’s rulebook, as well as justice and probation to Wales.

“Devolution of the rulebook is of paramount importance. We must be ready to reflect the Britain we want to see in our party systems.

“We must bring democracy to the Welsh Labour Party,” a WLG spokesperson said.

This year, four constituency parties have submitted motions to devolve the party’s rulebook.

The local parties submitting motions are Montgomeryshire, Clwyd South, Ceredigion and Ynys Mon — Anglesey.

An exclusive Morning Star interview in October 2021 with First Minister Mark Drakeford revealed that he supports devolution of the party's rules.

Mr Drakeford told the Star in the interview that he had raised the issue with Labour Party general secretary David Evans.

“I think there is a mood within the party in Wales for us to take more responsibility for decisions that apply to members who live in Wales,” Mr Drakeford said in the interview.

The first minister and Welsh Labour leader acknowledged that a devolved structure within the Labour Party would take time to develop and would need extra resourcing in Wales.

The authoritarian approach taken by Sir Keir Starmer and Mr Evans has led to the suspension and expulsion of activists and constituency parties.

The suspensions also included Mr Drakeford’s own Cardiff West’s then constituency chair and ally.


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