RE-ELECTED Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami has declared his support for David Miliband in the race to replace Gordon Brown as Labour leader.
After Mr Brown stepped aside last night (Tuesday) Mr Tami, who beat Tory rival Will Gallagher by almost 3,000 votes in last Thursday’s General Election, quickly came out in support of the former Foreign Secretary.
He said: “We need a leader with experience, principles, strong credentials and vision.
“David Miliband has been at the forefront of global efforts to tackle climate change. He is passionate about political reform and was inspired by Tony Benn, who was a family friend during his early years.
“David also took many brave stances as Foreign Secretary and was an outstanding environment secretary.
“At university he pulled off a spectacular coup in forcing his college to sever connections with Barclays because of the bank’s involvement in apartheid in South Africa.”
He added: “He is a leader with convictions and vision. That’s why I am backing him.”
Mr Tami claims that in the wake of the Conservatives-Lib Dem coalition deal, an average of 20 people a minute attempted to join the Labour Party online.
He said many Lib Dem supporters had been in touch with him since the deal was brokered, declaring their change in allegiance to Labour.
He added: “Liberal Democrats are now in coalition with the Tories at Flintshire County Council and in parliament.
“Labour now stands alone as the mainstream, progressive party and we will fight for the interests of hard-working people, the vulnerable and the elderly.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has not yet said publicly who he is supporting in the party’s leadership race.