It’s being reported by party insiders that the Cardiff South and Penarth Constituency Labour Party has decided not to nominate either Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith for the leadership of the Labour Party.
The report comes just as the neighbouring Cardiff Central Constituency Labour Party has voted to nominate Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership.
In supporting Jeremy Corbyn, the Cardiff Central Labour Party is defying the constituency’s own Labour MP Jo Stevens (who is backing Owen Smith) – raising questions about whether Stevens may – in time – face potential deselection before the 2020 General Election .
For the duration of the leadership election campaign, all meetings of Labour Constituency Parties everywhere have been banned by the party except for those constituency meetings being held to discuss a nomination in the leadership contest.
It was at one of these ‘permitted’ meetings that the Cardiff Central Constituency Labour Party made its decision to back Corbyn.
Now activists are asking senior Labour figures – including local Labour AM Vaughan Gething – why the views of Labour Party members in the Cardiff South and Penarth Constituency aren’t also being sought, and why the Penarth Labour Party isn’t submitting a nomination for the Labour leadership.
Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP, Stephen Doughty, is currently away on holiday but is not a Corbyn supporter.
So far across the country more than 270 Constituency Labour Parties have submitted nominations – at least 230 of which have been for Jeremy Corbyn.
Only one nomination has been made in Wales so far for Corbyn’s rival Owen Smith – and that’s from the Blaenau Gwent Constituency Labour Party – a nomination that was made only by senior party figures in a secret ballot and in which the views of most local Labour Party members were not sought.