Plaid to elect new leader today


‘Leadership election has energised and united Plaid with a renewed determination to fight for a better future for Wales’ - Plaid Chief Executive

Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales is preparing to elect its new leader today. The result of the election will be announced at a special event in Cardiff later.

After over a decade in charge, the party will be choosing a new leader to take over from Ieuan Wyn Jones, who announced last year his intention to stand down.

The three candidates for the leadership, Assembly Members Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Elin Jones and Leanne Wood have spent the past few months touring Wales in a leadership election that has both energised the party and gained significant interest from the wider public.

Plaid Cymru Chief Executive and Designated Officer for the election, Rhuanedd Richards said;

“Today is a momentous day for Plaid and for Wales as we elect our new leader.

Throughout the past few months our members, supporters and the broader electorate alike have taken part in a lively and open debate about the future direction of Plaid Cymru.

“The Leadership election has energised and united Plaid with a renewed determination to fight for a better future for Wales. It is a source of tremendous pride to us all that this has led to a 23% increase in our membership, and more people are joining us every day.

“Protecting the interests of Wales and fighting for a better future for our nation is very much at the forefront of people’s minds. Regardless of whether they vote Plaid or not, people expect our party to put Wales first and advance the priorities of our nation, and I have no doubt that whoever is elected today will take on that responsibility with the pride and determination to succeed.

“Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Elin Jones and Leanne Wood are all extremely strong candidates who are and who will continue to serve Wales well.

“As we look forward to today’s result, our team of thousands of community activists and members are ready to play their part, alongside our new leader, in moving Plaid and Wales forward. I firmly believe that the party has a bright future ahead.”