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Plaid & Lib Dems consider using Woolas law against Labour

Michael Crick | 17:48 UK time, Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Plaid Cymru and their rivals the Liberal Democrats have joined in an unusual alliance to announce they are both considering legal action against Labour leaflets in the Welsh Assembly election in the Aberconwy seat in North Wales.

And the two parties are thinking of using the law under which Phil Woolas was famously disqualified as an MP last year - section 106 of the 1983 Representation of the People Act.

Plaid accuse the Labour candidate Eifion Wyn Williams of telling "lies" about the Plaid candidate, Iwan Huws, and his record as director of the National Trust in Wales.

Labour's leaflet in Aberconwy says:

"When the Plaid Cymru candidate became Director of the National Trust in Wales, he moved the HQ from Llandudno to Cardiff."

The leaflet adds:

"As soon as he left the Trust moved their HQ back to Llandudno. That's what he thinks of local jobs!"

Plaid insist however, that in March 2003 "Iwan Huws was appointed as the new Director of the National Trust in Wales. He was initially recruited to work in Cardiff but the Welsh HQ has always been in Llandudno and remains so...

"In 2006 Iwan Huws moved back to North Wales and was based in the Llandudno office. The Cardiff office was always a satellite office for the director. The Cardiff office no longer exists and the future of the Llandudno office is secure. So in fact , the trend was from Cardiff to Llandudno and not vice versa as claimed by Labour!"

The Liberal Democrats, too, according to a statement issued by Plaid, accuse Labour of making "categorically untrue statements about the Liberal [sic] candidate".

The Lib Dems have asked Labour to stop distributing the leaflets.

"Here we go again," says Elfyn Llwyd, the Westminster leader of Plaid Cymru.

"Labour spreading more lies. Clearly they haven't learnt anything from the bitter experience of the Oldham seat in last year's election, where their candidate was unseated unceremoniously and the courts upheld that decision."

A Welsh Labour spokesman said,"We have received correspondence from the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru and we will respond in due course."

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