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One, two ...

Betsan Powys | 12:31 UK time, Saturday, 30 January 2010

Remember the little bird? The one who'd heard there were three prominent valleys MPs who were planning to stand down but not sure when to say so? They were concerned, he said, that their departure ought, by rights, to lead to all-women shortlists - not something they or the parties locally would look forward too. The thought brought him to tears. As I said at the time, he was laughing ... or so I thought.

The three were worried too that by leaving the front just as the troops are going into battle, they'd do little for morale.

Well Pontypridd's Kim Howells has waved goodbye and last night, so did Islwyn's Don Touhig. The third name mentioned was former Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy.

The little bird's been proved right so far. So will he stay, or will he go? Mr Murphy says he's going nowhere.


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