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Assembly Westgate: Rivals with a mountain to climb.

TWO AMs from the true party of brotherly love will be keeping a close eye on each other during their Munro-bagging trip to the Highlands at the weekend.

The trip to a couple of the 284 over-3,000ft peaks that dot Scotland is, hardly surprisingly, being led by Clwyd West AM Alun Pugh, an inveterate ascender of Snowdonia. He is being joined by John Griffiths, AM, who usually prefers the nice, level pavements of Newport East.

Surely a grand time will be had by both. Perhaps - if only they weren't political rivals. Both hold office as deputy ministers, who are finding the most difficult climb in the political landscape is that from being a deputy to appointment as a full minister.

Rhodri Morgan's next reshuffle is presumably slated for after the next election. Those bidding for preferment will be hoping that as few names as possible will feature in that pack.

Which is why two deputy ministers will be keeping an eagle eye on ensuring there is no chance of either being persuaded by the other to slip over any of the precipitous drops which they pass.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 29, 2002
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