September 20, 2008
Ex-Councillor Fails in His Bid for Selection
A FORMER councillor has spoken of his disappointment at not being selected by his ward party to contest an upcoming by-election - but says he is not bitter.
Staunch Labour party member Ian Clark lost his Town ward seat in Merthyr Tydfil in the May 1 election. All four seats were won by the Liberal Democrats. Mr Clark had topped the poll out of Labour's four contenders, with 657 votes. But the ward party has not chosen him as its candidate for the by-election to be held on October 23 following the surprise resignation of Lib Dem Kurt Morgan due to "unforeseen personal circumstances". Instead it selected publican David Jones who took the third highest number of votes for Labour last time out.
Mr Clark, of Wallhead Road, Twynyrodyn, said: "I didn't get the nomination. I'm disappointed, that's how it goes. It was fairly done, according to the ward procedure. You win some, you lose some. I'm not bitter in any shape or form. I topped the poll in the ward for Labour in May but the ward party decided to select a colleague of mine."
Labour leader on Merthyr Tydfil council Brendan Toomey said: "The matter of selection was for the Town ward Labour Party and not a matter for me to comment on, other than I am satisfied that the process was undertaken fairly. It was overseen by officials of County Borough Labour Party. After a closely-fought contest David Jones was chosen as the candidate and I amsure he has a very good chance of winning the seat back for Labour."
The Liberal Democrats have confirmed they will be trying to regain the Town ward seat and are due to announce their candidate.
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