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Leanne Wood, Bae watch (June 2017)

(June 01, 2017)

Bae Watch; with Leanne Wood

Leanne Wood AC/AM

Plaid Cymru had a decent local election. We broke new ground in a number of different parts of the country. We were just four short of our best ever result and we lost three seats on the drawing of lots. We finished as the second biggest party in local government in Wales.

Of course I would have liked to have done better, but it was an election fought in difficult circumstances given the timing of the announcement of the snap UK election. That announcement had an instant and dramatic effect. Suddenly, some people only wanted to talk about Brexit on the doorstep, when before the announcement nearly everyone was happy to debate the real issue of the council elections and that is who is best placed to organise local services.

On my home patch, we established ourselves as the biggest party in Rhondda by winning fourteen seats compared to Labour's ten. We won more votes too. Compare that to the 1980s and 1990s when the Rhondda Westminster seat returned the biggest majorities in the whole of the UK for the Labour Party.

After the Assembly election result of last year, the momentum is now with Plaid Cymru. Our Westminster candidate for the Rhondda, Branwen Cennard, is a strong and able woman who is working to win new support every day. On June 8th, the Rhondda could see not only its first Plaid Cymru MP but also our first woman MP. After over a hundred years of representation by Labour men, we have a chance of doing something different. I very much hope the people of the Rhondda will take that opportunity.

This will be a crucial election. It will determine whether Wales as a country matters. There is little evidence that Wales is on the agenda. We have been largely ignored since the referendum. Gibraltar has had more attention than Wales since last June. The Tory manifesto provides no guarantees about our future funding for farmers or for economic development. It provides little detail on anything. Wales faces a power grab that will see powers in devolved fields being repatriated to Westminster following Brexit. This could well be the thin end of the wedge for a Tory party that has never really embraced devolution despite the strong mandate it has had from the people of Wales.

Securing the best possible deal for Wales and the best possible deal for everyone that lives here, whether it is in the terms of EU withdrawal or strengthening the National Assembly for Wales, will be at the fore of our campaign between now and June 8th. If you want to help Plaid Cymru secure a brighter future for our nation, there is still time to make a difference. Click here for more details -


Leanne Wood,
Leader of Plaid Cymru and Assembly Member for the Rhondda, June 2017

Also from Leanne Wood:


Bae watch; March 2017
Bae watch; December 2016

Bae watch; September 2016

Bae watch; June 2016

Bae watch; March 2016

Bae watch; December 2015
Bae Watch; September 2015

Bae Watch; June 2015

Bae Watch; March 2015

Bae Watch; December 2014

Bae Watch; September 2014

Bae Watch; June 2014

Bae Watch; March 2014

Bae Watch; December 2013

Bae Watch; September 2013
Bae Watch; June 2013
Bae Watch; March 2013
Bae Watch; December 2012
Bae Watch; September 2012
Bae Watch; June 2012
Bae Watch; March 2012
Bae Watch; December 2011
Bae Watch; September 2011
Bae Watch; June 2011

Leanne Wood's contact details:

     Facebook: Leanne Wood
     Twitter: @LeanneWood

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