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  • "Val Delahaye recently moved from Bettws as she intended quitting politics. Once the challenge came from the Independents, Labour panicked and got rid of their intended councillor and Mrs Delahaye stayed on so the seat wouldn't be lost.

    The point is, Labour people could live in Timbuctu and people would vote for them. It's a gut reaction.
    Paul Flynn is an MP. He has a house in Newport and a publicly-funded flat in London.
    No-one expects him to live in the House of Commons, nor would a home address be given for an MP.
    Councillors, on the other hand, represent their local community.
    And local, means local.
    The present Labour leader lives in Allt-yr-Yn and it's arguable whether he "represents" Ringland people.
    Interesting that Big Mart is exercised by the "one vote" in St Julians. It only takes one vote and Townsend lives in, and represents his ward. Enough said."
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Civic Centre resident?

First published in Letters

I WAS rather intrigued to discover that the Cardiff-based musician elected to represent St Julians has moved from his home in Rhiwbina to take up residence at the Civic Centre. Is the Civic Centre now being used as temporary accommodation, a type of halfway-house, so that councillors can avail themselves of the very comfortable facilities?

I wasn’t aware that the Civic Centre had bedrooms, although there is a very comfortable, if overcrowded members’ room, with a kitchen off it and bathroom facilities adjacent. I wonder what the rent is on this very superior property?

Carmel Townsend, St Julians Road, Newport

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