Challenge to German’s Welsh leadership likely

by Stephen Tall on September 2, 2007

According to Wales on Sunday:

LIB Dem AM Peter Black last night gave the strongest hint yet he will challenge Mike German for the party leadership. The party’s social justice spokesman – who called for Mr German to go after May’s Assembly election – indicated he would stand if none of his Assembly colleagues did.

It comes as a second Lib Dem AM publicly called for their leader to quit. Mick Bates, the party’s agriculture spokesman, said it was time for Mr German to move on.

You can read the full story here.

Here’s what Peter told the paper:

“I’m still talking to colleagues about the way forward. It’s possible. It partly depends on whether anybody else puts their name forward, but we need to have a contest.

“If Mike does want to stay on, he needs to have a fresh mandate. There’s an element of frustration. If I was to put my hat in the ring then it would not just be to make sure there was a contest, it would be on the basis that I want to be leader.”

Last week, Peter published a major new pamphlet, What the Welsh Liberal Democrats are for, on Lib Dem Voice.

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4 comments

Just a minor correction. The issue is not that of Leadership of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. That position is occupied by Lembit Opik.

We are talking here about leadership of the Group at the National Assembly for Wales, and at present nobody has said they will be standing.

by Karen Roberts on September 2, 2007 at 1:35 pm. Reply #

Wow,that was really hard to predict wasn’t it? NOT!

by Toby Philpott on September 2, 2007 at 10:29 pm. Reply #

Good. Mike needs a mandate if he is to continue. Who are the electors? The 6 or Welsh members?

by Tim Leunig on September 3, 2007 at 9:06 pm. Reply #

Hmm. Is it just me or is Mr Black trying to topple the wrong section of the Welsh party leadership?

by Eldoc on September 3, 2007 at 10:23 pm. Reply #

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