|Not so happy families
Who sits and stands where is important in Labour circles. In the group portrait taken when Labour launched its manifesto in Carmarthenshire poor old Kevin Madge, once the centre of things, has almost been squeezed out of shot, standing (from Tegwen's point of view) on the extreme right, while occupying a conspicuous place of honour next to Dafen Dolly is Rob James, who was also given a speaking part at the launch.
Rob, who has dislodged Labour's best councillor, Bill Thomas in Lliedi, has no local connections and popped up in Llanelli after serving a pretty uninspiring five years in Neath Port Talbot.
His star billing at the launch can't have gone down well with the old hands who have toiled away in County Hall for the last five years.
Take Derek Cundy, for example. Derek, who was one of the brighter lights in the low wattage Labour group elected back in 2012, will be standing again for Bynea, although such is his attachment to the ward that he moved out of it after being elected and now lives in Llangennech which is less prone to flooding.
2012 was a very good year for Labour as it recovered from the Brown years, and Derek Cundy won the ward for Labour with a majority of 117 over Gwynne Wooldridge (Independent) who held the ward previously.
This time round, Plaid is fielding Gwynne's son, Ian Wooldridge.
Ian is the first Plaid candidate to stand in Bynea since 1977, and unlike Derek Cundy was born and brought up in the village, and still lives there.
He works as a mathematics lecturer at Neath Port Talbot College, and his electoral address is a model of what a good electoral address should be. It is devoid of the usual meaningless platitudes, and concentrates on local issues such as a plan to build 240 houses on land at Genwen Farm:
With so many new houses built in Bynea ward recently, I’m very concerned that 240 more are planned on Genwen Farm land. The current inadequate sewerage/drainage system cannot cope with existing demands and, as a result, often causes flooding in the ward. It would therefore be highly irresponsible to build more housing estates in the ward. As a Councillor I shall oppose any such proposals.
Derek Cundy has got a fight on his hands.
Bigyn and Pontyberem
As we saw recently, Lee Waters has gone to extraordinary lengths to create the impression that he lives in Llanelli when in fact he lives in Barry, and we have three Labour candidates for the county council - Sion Davies (Llangyndeyrn), Lisa Williams (Trimsaran) and Philip Thompson (Kidwelly) - all giving a small house in Kidwelly as their home address.
Even more confused about where he really lives is Edward Skinner who is standing as Labour candidate for the county council in Pontyberem and for Bigyn on Llanelli Town Council.
Skinner's nomination papers for the county council elections gave his address as 11 Railway Terrace, Llanelli, an address unknown to the postman or indeed anyone else. Meanwhile the address given for his Bigyn candidacy is 11 Railway Place, Llanelli.*
Correction 18 April
Llanelli Labour Party has asked for this piece to be corrected to show that the addresses given for Edward Skinner were both in Llanelli. The Labour Party has also stated that Mr Skinner has not attended an interview at Llanelli Police Station with regard to the discrepancies on his nomination papers.
Y Cneifiwr apologises for any confusion and distress caused.