Off I trotted to the Electoral Commission to run a search*. I left only the tick in the political party section of the 'entity type' and ran a search for Wales. Only one result came back.
|Parties with the word 'Wales' in their name|
|Parties with the word 'Welsh' in their name.|
|Parties with the word 'Llafur' in their name.|
|Parties with the word 'Labour' in their name.|
Let's have a look at what the details say for the Labour Party and see if we can make sense of the results.
|Ed Milliband's London Labour in all its glory.|
Not only that but the claims of it being 'London Labour' are true as that is where their Head Office is based. And guess what, since there is no Welsh Labour and no Scottish Labour that means that Ed Milliband is the one true leader of the whole Labour Party.
|I don't have a clue who any of these.|
|One true all encompassing Labour Party which also takes in 'regional' branches in Wales and Scotland|
|The one true Labour Party HQ'd in London has three faces depending on who they want to pretend to be.|
I don't think anyone will be shocked by this, but it's nice to have it down for everyone to see. Henceforth Labour in Wales and Scotland should be referred to as the Welsh or Scottish branch of London Labour as that is what they are.
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*Please note that the Electoral Commission website does not allow direct links, if you wish to 'try this at home' then you'll have to search for the keywords yourself. This is why I've included so many screen shots!