Labour Senedd member slams ‘Anglocentric’ reporting of election win
A Labour Senedd member has slammed the “Anglocentric” reporting of the party’s election win.
Mick Antoniw, the MS for Pontypridd, hit out at the British media for its portrayal of “Welsh Labour was achieving its most successful results ever in the Senedd elections”, where it won 30 out of 60 seats.
Antoniw rejected suggestions in the London-based press that his party had “hung on” in an article in Tribune.
He also described the party’s defeat in the Hartlepool byelection as a “car crash” and criticised UK Labour for offering “barely a congratulatory remark” for its election victory.
Mick Antoniw said: “While the media were busy reporting on the imminent car crash of a Labour campaign in the Hartlepool by-election, Welsh Labour was achieving its most successful results ever in the Senedd elections.
“When they did come to report the results, it was the usual Anglocentric, London view of events in Wales: how Welsh Labour had hung on, how the Tory onslaught failed to make a dent, how Welsh Labour failed to secure an overall majority.
“Even at UK Labour level there was barely a congratulatory remark to recognise what is the best result Welsh Labour has ever achieved in 22 years of devolution.
“Like the Scottish Parliament, the electoral system in Wales makes it virtually impossible for any one party to achieve a majority.
“For Welsh Labour to increase the number of seats from 29 to 30 might not seem much, but in electoral terms in Wales, in the current post-Brexit political climate, it was spectacular: a resounding victory for First Minister Mark Drakeford and Welsh Labour.”
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