Ed's smacker splits Welsh Labour at party conference

Christina Rees Christina Rees joked with Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband may have wowed delegates with his "look - no notes" speech to the Labour conference but not everyone is going home happy.

This afternoon, the Labour leader returned to the stage - in shirt sleeves this time - to face questions from his audience.

One introduced herself: "Christina Rees, newly-elected Labour councillor for Bridgend."

So far so good. But then it got trickier.

"And you haven't kissed me, Ed, but you kissed Barbara yesterday and I'm extremely jealous," joked Christina.

A look of mock alarm came over the leader's face as he assured delegates: "Don't get the wrong idea by the way."

Christina told her leader how Labour had won a by-election in Bettws: "The Tories only got 12 votes!"

Ed Miliband started to look concerned: "Don't give us all the Bridgend results because we might be here....."

He cut swiftly to his next questioner - Barbara Jones, from Caerphilly, who introduced herself thus: "I am the lucky one that got the kiss yesterday and I've had so many texts you wouldn't believe it."

Had he not been wearing television make-up, Ed Miliband surely would have blushed. Instead, he briefly referred to delegates as "comrades" for the first time, while imploring Barbara to move on.

Barbara moved on, but 24 hours into the era of "one nation Labour" the leader has discovered that you can't please all the people all the time.

David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales Article written by David Cornock David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

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    Comment number 85.

    Perhaps in your infinite kindness, you could take pity on a stranger in a strange land, and point me in the right direction ??
    As to why I might expect the data to be on the WAG site: if an organisation organises an event that it considers to be 'historic', and it claims to maintain a website, I would expect to find the relevant facts on that site. .

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    Comment number 84.

    Re 74


    Are you still going on (and on) about how AMs voted? If so, why look at the WAG website? Why would it be there? Do you still not understand how democracy works in Wales?

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    Comment number 83.

    #82 Lot of rhetoric but no facts. Do you accept the figures?? Is so, what are you going to cut??
    Easy questions: difficult answers I know..

    Wales' problems are like diabetes. You don't seek a cure: you try to manage the condition; in this case by fiscal transfers to maintain social structures and minimise population transfers.
    Voting for independence is turkeys voting for Christmas.

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    Comment number 82.

    parliment haven't solved the issues that have plagued wales for decades.And they won't,they're out of touch with most of england so we have no hope
    should we just carry on as normal? kowtowing to england and cross our fingers and pray?
    the only way wales will pull it off is through total independence.It will be painfull and difficult or we could just carry on as we are.

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    Comment number 81.

    #80 'Devolve the tax system to Wales now!'
    That's very brave, as Sir Humphrey would say. Is it that you don't believe the figures, or you just don't care? A £3000M deficit amounts, with the usual rounding up of figures, to ~£3000 per household. You can't put up Income tax or Business taxes, or they will all go to England. So, what are you going to cut ?? Defence, Welfare, Pensions, NHS ??


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