Welsh Labour should be independent says UK party leadership contender
A Labour leadership contender and member of the shadow cabinet has called for Welsh Labour to be autonomous from the Labour party in England and Scotland.
Norwich South MP Clive Lewis also said that the UK should be a federal state with the “maximum possible” autonomy for its constituent nations.
Lewis, who only has two leadership nominations so far among Labour MPs, made the comments in an article in the National newspaper.
In the article he said that the “English party” should not dictate to Labour in other parts of the country.
“Scottish Labour, like Welsh Labour, should have full autonomy from the English – free to decide their views on fundamental questions like support for independence,” he said.
“Modern politics has to be about pluralism and collaboration. The Labour Party must ditch its futile tribalism and modernise, or it will die.”
Clive Lewis added that he wants “to be part of a union where everyone feels heard and their needs are accounted for. We have to be honest and admit that this simply isn’t the case at the moment”.
“What I hope for, out of the turmoil that we can all foresee in the next few years, is that we – England, Wales, Scotland – can emerge as a new federation of nations: freer than before, more democratic, more equal, and more at ease with ourselves and our place in the world,” he said.
Clive Lewis became shadow defence secretary in June 2016, and shadow business secretary in October 2016.
He previously served as vice-president of the National Union of Students, worked as a TV reporter for BBC News and served as an infantry officer with the Territorial Army. He served a three-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009.