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Bourne free?

Betsan Powys | 10:15 UK time, Thursday, 15 January 2009

For now, it looks like it.

The Conservative Assembly Group met last night and have just put out this statement:

"At a meeting of the Shadow Cabinet last night Welsh Conservative Assembly Members gave their unanimous support to Nick Bourne as leader of the Assembly group.

"All members intend to move forward together, building on the successes the party has enjoyed in Wales over successive years."


Leader in waiting (and waiting ... and waiting) Jonathan Morgan, we must assume, hasn't got the support he needs within the group to challenge for the leadership.

His problem?

Too many of them believe the job could be theirs for the taking, given a little time. So for now they sit on their hands, give the leader their support in public and impress upon him that when the time is right - perhaps after this Spring's European Elections, especially if the party gains that second seat - he can leave with his head held high.

Then they'll point to their loyalty when times were tough - just before scrambling to fill his shoes. And Jonathan Morgan may just find he waited too long.

Ten minutes later, by the way, a second press release arrives. This one informes us the Welsh Conservatives are establishing a committee to draw up new guidelines in relation to the expenditure of AMs expenses "in light of recent concerns raised about allowances claimed by AMs from all parties ... the Welsh Conservatives are determined to draw up the most robust guidelines possible in relation to expenditure made by members of the group".

Note to leaders in waiting: start saving up now to buy your own iPods and start hoping you can regain the ground you've lost over the last few disastrous weeks.


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  • 1. At 10:04am on 16 Jan 2009, BLUESNIK wrote:

    Third vital press release...

    "Graham Frost, chairman of the British Society of Audiology, said the risk of DAMAGE increased with noise level and duration of (iPod) use ...

    He said it could take months or years for that become apparent to the individual." (BBC News, August 2005)

    ...OR PARTY.

    My money is on Little Alan Cairns...Rhodri kicks him all around/in the Plenaries but he still waves his papers like a madman ...

    Thatcher's son indeed. Lovely suits.

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  • 2. At 06:02am on 17 Jan 2009, dennisjunior1 wrote:

    As per your remarks, that means a new leader will be coming in the nearby future!

    ~Dennis Junior~

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  • 3. At 11:13pm on 19 Jan 2009, lordBeddGelert wrote:

    If Wales was going to be independent, worrying about the Tories performance, as if it might mean they would be in a 'permanent minority' or destined to perpetual opposition, might have some validity.

    But since Wales will never be independent in our lifetimes, this really does not amount to a hill of beans, as far as I'm concerned...

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