When there’s an election on the way it seems there’s always at least one faithful supporter in Penarth that Labour Party politicians can depend upon.
She is a lady called – variously – “Winnie Davies” or “Winnie Davis” (the Labour Party itself doesn’t seem entirely sure which version of her surname is correct).
In 2015 – back in the day when Ed Miliband was Labour Leader – “Winnie Davies” of Penarth let it be known – in both English and Welsh – that “I am backing Stephen” [ that would be Stephen Doughty Labour Cardiff South and Penarth] “because we need a Labour Government to stand up for the vulnerable in our communities and scrap the bedroom tax”.
“Winnie” permitted the Labour Party to use her photo and her comments (in both English and Welsh) in election pamphlets delivered on every doorstep in Penarth – the only Penarth resident to be so quoted .
Twelve months on, and a lot has changed.
Miliband quit. Jeremy Corbyn became Labour Party Leader and appointed Doughty as a foreign affairs spokesman. Doughty voted against Corbyn in the Commons, resigned on daytime tv and then found himself re-classified by Labour as “Core Group Hostile” .
But none of that – it seems – has done anything to dent “Winnie’s” party loyalty. With the Welsh Assembly election coming next month, loyal “Winnie” is once again rallying to the red flag – this time by appearing in pamphlets issued by Cardiff South and Penarth Assembly candidate Vaughan Gething.
“Winnie Davis” of Penarth now provides the top endorsement in Gething’s 2016 flyer , above those of “Saeed Ibrahim” of Butetown and “Nisreen Mansour” of Cardiff Bay .
There’s been only one small change in the intervening year . “Winnie” now appears to have changed her surname from “Davies” to “Davis”. …..and this time, a Welsh-language version of “Winnie’s” comments has been ditched and there is no Welsh-language comment from fellow-endorsers “Saeed Ibrahim” and “Nisreen Mansour” either.
“Winnie” says in her latest pamphlet statement :- “I’ve been impressed by Welsh Labour’s record in government, particularly on the NHS [Vaughan Gething has been Deputy Health Secretary] Cancer survival rates in Wales are improving faster than anywhere in the UK and are now at a record high. I’d like to see that continue so I’ll be voting Labour”.
That’s something that the rest of Penarth may somehow not have been too surprised to hear.