Leanne Wood AM to stand for Plaid Leadership
Assembly Member Leanne Wood has announced her intention to seek nomination as a candidate for the leadership of Plaid Cymru.
Ms Wood, the AM for South Wales Central, promised to prioritise the economy in moving towards ‘real independence’ for Wales. Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards has backed her leadership bid.
She said: “My politics have been shaped by the people and place I grew up in. I have always been a campaigner, an activist who became a politician to further those aims and that’s why I’m now putting my name forward as leader of the party I have been a proud member for 20 years – all my adult life. My first hand experience of recession and its impact during the 1980s gives me a determination to make sure that we do not lose yet another generation to youth unemployment. Tackling those economic challenges goes hand in hand with our journey to independence.
“We’re entering exciting times as a party. The internal review will inevitably throw up debates about the future political direction of Plaid Cymru which the leadership election could help to resolve. I have a clear vision of what our future direction should be; building the case for real independence. Over the years we have been less than clear as to what we mean by independence, why we want it or how we would get there. Now is the time to change that.”
Ms Wood joins fellow AMs Simon Thomas, Elin Jones and Dafydd Elis Thomas in the fight to take over Plaid Cymru’s leadership from the outgoing Ieuan Wyn Jones.