Resignation over Howard choice
A FORMER mining official resigned from a heritage body over the choice of ex-Tory leader Michael Howard to unveil a blue plaque honouring Lord Elwyn-Jones.
Colliery enthusiast Phil Cullen, 56, is outraged that the plaque unveiling — organised by Llanelli Community Heritage (LCH) — was overseen by Mr Howard.
Mr Cullen, of Swiss Valley, had been working as an advisor for the LCH but resigned over the issue.
"It's a disgrace, an absolute disgrace," he said "It's difficult to think of anybody alive that would be worse for the job.
"This town suffered massively under the Tory administration in the past. It's insulting at best and insensitive at worst."
Mr Howard said Mr Cullen was entitled to his opinion. "I have a strong personal connection to Lord Elwyn-Jones," he said. "I knew him pretty well and I practised as a barrister in his chambers for 16 years. I was very pleased to be asked — party politics isn't everything."
Labour MP Nia Griffith, who sponsored the plaque, said Lord Elwyn-Jones was "very well respected" by people across the political spectrum.