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.