Labour in Ceredigion want Wales to go it alone and ditch UK party
Labour members in Ceredigion have voted to set up ‘Welsh Labour’ as a completely independent party from UK Labour.
The ‘suggested constitutional amendment’ was passed earlier today and announced as a ‘breaking’ story on Twitter.
Ceredigion CLP member Dylan Lewis Rowlands who proposed the motion said: “It’s about putting Labour’s words into practice . . . we have heard lots about federalism because that’s the approach that Labour wants to take apparently and where Starmer wants to take as well . . . but what we’re saying is: ‘Put your money where your mouth is’ more or less.
“Obviously, it comes from the perspective of those of us who want independence and we should recognise that federalism is an acceptable first step towards that – but this is about giving Welsh Labour true political independence.
“We’ve got a Senedd with devolved powers, but some of these policies have still got to be decided at UK conference rather than at the Welsh conference. So this is about giving Welsh Labour political independence to go their own way. And if the Senedd election has shown us anything it is that Welsh Labour is completely separate from UK Labour in the eyes of Welsh people.”
Ceredigion CLP have passed a suggested constitutional amendment establishing the independence of Welsh Labour from the UK Labour Party.
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While accepting that the UK Labour Party had put on an unionist front and joined forces with the Conservatives and Lib-Dems to try and halt the SNP’s march towards independence in Scotland, Mr Lewis said: “Actually the politics of Wales and Scotland are different. The SNP’s gains only came with the demise of the Labour Party in Scotland.”
Mr Rowlands said there were many “soft nationalists” within the Labour Party membership in Wales.
Regarding the amendment, Mr Rowlands explained that there were still “some internal procedures” before it can go through.
“The hope is that if more CLPs pass this motion then it can be voted by the members.”
The motion can then be submitted to both the UK Labour conference in late September and also to the Welsh conference in early November, he said.
Asked why they had taken this step, Mr Rowlands said: “First of all, we’re talking about the Labour Party in England that is on the down. If anything the Chesham and Amersham election showed us that Labour was hanging in there on a downward curve and the difference with Welsh Labour is that the Senedd elections were outstanding really and we had the best set of results that we have ever had and the Welsh electorate, I feel anyway, put its faith in the Welsh Labour Party.”
He said there was now a need for a “sovereign Welsh Labour Party to make those policy decisions and have the power to forge a new future.”
Mr Rowlands said that campaigning for an independent Wales and for an independent Welsh Labour Party “go hand in hand.”
He said that of the people who had voted for Labour in Wales at the Senedd elction, “51% of them are already in favour of Welsh independence.”
Mr Rowlands insisted that an independent Wales under Labour would be “vastly different” to that under Plaid Cymru, adding that that an independent Welsh Labour Party could “sell a message of hope” to the electorate.