Ex-Plaid leader backs Labour.
FORMER Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Elis-Thomas has asked all "progressive" voters in the marginal constituency where he has a home to back Labour in the election to stop the Tories from winning the seat.
The maverick peer, who left Plaid last autumn following differences with party leader Leanne Wood, now represents Dwyfor Meirionnydd as an Independent AM.
When in the capital Lord Elis-Thomas lives in Cardiff West, which has been represented by Labour MP Kevin Brennan since 2001.
Mr Brennan's election leaflet includes a statement from Lord Elis-Thomas which says: "As a resident of Cardiff West I urge supporters of Plaid Cymru, the Lib Dems and Greens to consider voting tactically to stop the Conservatives taking the seat, as they did once when I was an MP. You can be confident that in Kevin you will have an MP who shares progressive values."
Mr Brennan said: "I'm always nervous at election time, but this time I think there's a real possibility that I could lose."
Labour deputy leader Watson stops off in