From BBC News: Adam Price has won the Plaid Cymru leadership contest, taking nearly 50 per cent of the vote.
The assembly member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr defeated Rhun ap Iorwerth and former leader Leanne Wood in a ballot of party members.
Despite leading the party for six years, Ms Wood came last.
In his victory address at the Novotel in Cardiff, Mr Price said: “This election shows we are ready to lead again. Our time has come.”
He told party members: “Our message must be simple. Yes, Wales can.”
The AM is the first openly gay assembly party leader in the history of the institution and leads the third largest group in the Senedd, behind Labour and the Tories.
Mr Price, who has vowed to put independence at the core of his party’s message, said: “There will be no second class travellers on our journey to a prosperous, self-confident and independent Wales.”
“We must become the hope of those without hope.”
From Metro: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood’s message to voters was ‘Don’t hand the Tories a blank cheque’ as she announced plans to deal with Wales’ ‘creaking infrastructure’ and defend the country as the UK leaves the European Union.
[Read article on Metro website…]
From Daily Mail: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has called on all young people to register to vote as she told a campaign rally “we have to defeat these pernicious Tories”.
[Read article on Mail Online…]
Press release from Rhun ap Iorwerth AM: Plaid Cymru has pledged to defend the Welsh NHS from privatisation, warning that a Tory government will be free to sell-off Wales’ public services, including the NHS.
The party will hold a debate in the National Assembly later today in an effort to “send a message” to Westminster that the Welsh NHS is “not for sale.”
The UK Government under the Conservative Party was one of the few EU member states to support the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would have put the NHS at risk of irreversible privatisation. If the UK leaves the Customs Union as a result of Brexit, it will be up to the International Trade Secretary, who supported TTIP, to draw up trade agreements.
[Read full press release on Rhun ap Iorwerth AM’s website…]
From Daily Express: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood hit out against the Conservative Party and ‘hard’ Brexit warning the existence of Wales is under threat. Ms Wood said Wales faced “serious danger” as Brexit unfolds and the country needed to defend itself.
[Read full article on Express website…]
Press release from Plaid Cymru: Plaid Cymru’s Westminster group leader, Hywel Williams MP, has described the snap general election as an opportunity for the people of Wales to “change course from Labour’s laden government in Cardiff” and “away from the hyper hyper-centralized government in London.”
Speaking in a debate on the general election in the House of Commons, the Arfon MP said that the election would be an opportunity for Wales to cut its own path to “economic regeneration and prosperity, and a proper, confident Wales in the world.”
He accused the Prime Minister of calling a General Election to ‘see off her enemies sitting behind her’ highlighting the Prime Minister’s inconsistent record on membership of the European Union and the need for a General Election before 2020. He retold of how the Prime Minister was initially in favour of leaving the European Union but U-turned on this and then reversed her position once again once becoming Prime Minister. Mr Williams also reiterated the Prime Minister’s previous position that she would not call an early General Election, instead focus on “stability, to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing”.
[Read full press release on Plaid Cymru website…]