Kicking off a New Year and a new beginning


Plaid open nominations for Leadership 2012

Nominations will officially open today for the leadership of Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales. Plaid Cymru is kicking-off the New Year and the leadership election with a fundraising football match in Cardiff, which will see members, staff and supporters including MP Jonathan Edwards take to the pitch.

@Rhuanedd explains why Plaid"s Leadership election is important for Wales (mp3)

From today, Plaid AMs can officially put their names forward to become Plaid’s next leader. The nomination period will close at midnight on 26 January 2012. Unlike other parties, Plaid Cymru’s Leader is elected using One member - one Vote, giving every grassroots member an equal say in who they choose to lead the only National Party of Wales.

The result of the ballot will be announced at a special event in Cardiff on 15 March, one week before Plaid’s spring conference.

An innovative membership drive, which has already seen almost a thousand new members join, will be stepped up over the next three weeks in order to offer those who have supported the party an opportunity to vote.

Plaid Cymru Chief Executive Rhuanedd Richards said;

“2012 will be a very important year for Plaid and Wales. We’re excited to be kicking off the New Year with our party’s leadership election as we continue to renew our party.

“Over the next three weeks, candidates will be putting their names forward to become our party’s next leader. Anyone who joins before 26 January 2022 will have a vote to decide who leads the party and our message to people across Wales over the coming months is this - If you love Wales, if you care about our nation’s future, then join with us and the thousands of other Plaid members today who are ready to play a part in making sure Wales moves forward and reaches its potential.

“Whoever our party decides to choose as captain in this contest, we know that Plaid Cymru has the talent which is capable of inspiring and reaching out to everyone who lives in Wales, showing them that we are the party who will deliver on their ambitions.”

Commenting on the Party’s innovative membership drive, Rhuanedd Richards added;

"As the deadline for nominations approaches we’ll be increasing our use of social networks, online advertising, text messaging and other innovative techniques to communicate with the thousands of potential members out there who want to have a say in the party’s future. People are now, for the first time, able to join online at or by phoning our membership hotline on 029 2047 2272.”