The Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrats must be gearing up for the selection of a candidate to fight the next Assembly Elections - to replace the retiring Mick Bates. As candidate that is. I expect the Conservative candidate to win. I've been hearing a few rumours, but nothing definitive. That of course does not prevent me from speculating - or from inviting you to speculate.
Here's the list of names I've heard. Powys Councillor Liam Fitzpatrick is one of the favorites, while Cllr. Les Davies' name is also heard. Don't think any money is being put on my good ol' mate, Newtown Cllr., Richard White. Most interesting name I'm hearing is 'Independent' Councillor Wynne Jones of Abermule. Several people have telephoned me with this as definite'news'. Not sure myself. Must admit that I didn't even know he was a Lib Dem - but he's a hard working man who would give it a real go. Only other names I've heard are Peter Jones, who is sometimes wheeled out as a 'spokesman', Sue Callery, a capable woman who works in the Lib Dem office, and David Selby, who has often acted as agent in the past. Another possibility must be Dougie Bancroft, well known from his work with the Santa Run. And rather more controverial suggestion I throw in is Lembit Opik, though he's unlikely to be available until after next May! Any more names, let me know. With a bit more information, I could blog some odds on the various runners.