Shadow cabinet roles for Plaid AMs

Plaid Cymru

The Ynys Môn AM has been named in Plaid Cymru’s new shadow cabinet in the Assembly.

Rhun ap Iorwerth, who was defeated by Adam Price in last month’s leadership contest, has been named as the party’s new spokesperson on the economy and finance.

Former leader Leanne Wood, who finished third in a vote among Plaid members, takes up the frontbench post for housing and social justice.

There’s also a new role for Arfon AM, Siân Gwenllian, who will oversee education and the Welsh language.

Plaid’s regional AM for North Wales, Llyr Gruffydd, becomes the spokesperson for the environment and rural affairs.

Adam Price said the new shadow cabinet would lead the Welsh Government after the next elections in 2021: ”I am honoured to lead a strong and united shadow cabinet that has a radical and transformative programme for government.”

”By utilising the talents and experiences of all our elected Assembly Members, we are ready to demonstrate what can be achieved by a committed, determined party of government with a radical imagination and the political will to carry it out.”

”We are calling time on this tired Labour Welsh government. Now’s the time for new energy, new ideas, a new direction and a new dynamic. Plaid Cymru stands ready to lead on to a new Wales.  The change begins now.”

Mr ap Iorwerth, whose been Plaid’s shadow health secretary for the last two years, said: ”On finance, it is about leading Plaid Cymru’s charge on using new taxation powers in the best way possible, and holding government to account on the way it spends money now.”

”In terms of the economy, it is about making Wales a more prosperous nation and sharing that prosperity to every part of the country. It is about building a transport system that works for all of Wales and brings Wales together – I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the job.”

Plaid AMs in the Senedd are expected to elect a new deputy leader next week.

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