Plaid AMs call for leadership challenge

Two Plaid Cymru AMs from North Wales have called on members to challenge Leanne Wood for the party leadership.

Arfon AM Sian Gwenllian and regional AM Llyr Gruffydd have signed a letter urging their colleagues to consider putting their names forward for a potential leadership contest. The private message was also signed by Ceredigion AM Elin Jones, the Assembly’s Presiding Officer.

Under party rules, members can stand for the leadership under a biennial window which closes on 4th July.

Ms Wood said this week she would stand down as Plaid leader after the next Assembly elections in 2021 if she does not become First Minister.

Meanwhile, Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth said he had ruled out plans to stand for the leadership, telling a press conference on Tuesday he believed no one was planning to put their names forward and that he wanted Ms Wood to continue.

But in a letter published on Thursday evening, three AMs said they believed a leadership contest would benefit Plaid as they prepared for further election challenges.

They stated: ”Our wish is that others of you also consider putting your names forward…all parties need to rejuvenate from time to time.”

”We hope that you will all consider the opportunity now to stand for leader – such an opportunity will not come again until the summer of 2020, with any new leader elected only six months before the Welsh election in 2021.”

Mr Gruffydd, Ms Gwenllian and Ms Jones said they didn’t intend to put their names forward for nomination.

The letter added that Ms Wood will ask her constituency party in the Rhondda to nominate her to retain the leadership.

But in the West, the Plaid group on Carmarthenshire County Council has called on Adam Price to challenge Ms Wood. According to other reports, two constituency parties will put forward Mr Price’s name for the leadership – but the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr AM has himself yet to respond.

Ms Wood has pledged to refresh her leadership, including a review of party policy on nuclear power. She told BBC Wales on Tuesday she was personally against plans for the new station at Wylfa Newydd.

Her position is not shared by Mr ap Iorwerth. Last year, he pledged to work together with Labour MP Albert Owen and Anglesey Council leader Llinos Medi on ensuring Anglesey benefits from major infrastructure projects.


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