Plaid Cymru needs co-leadership to stop ‘plodding’, Adam Price says

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Leanne Wood faces a take exception to for Plaid Cymru’s leadership unless she agrees to share the job, a Plaid AM has symbolized.

In a highly critical intervention, Adam Price said the party had reserved to “predictable, plodding politics”.

Mr Price – urged by his local party activists to mount a doubt – said a male/female co-leadership was needed if Plaid was to win the 2021 choosing.

Ms Wood has said she will stand down if she does not become first diplomat at the next assembly election.

Under Plaid rules a window to stimulation for the leadership comes around every two years, with assembly colleagues having until Wednesday to step forwards to fight for the role.

Ms Wood has not faced a demand since being elected leader in 2012, but in a damning article in the Western Despatch on Monday, Mr Price slates the party’s progress and strategy on independence, translating change is needed “badly” and “fast”.

But claims by Carmarthen East and Dinefwr AM Mr Penalty that Plaid Cymru has lost 1,000 members in eight months were denied by the person.

Another possible contender, Ynys Mon AM Rhun ap Iorwerth, has said he is insomuch as whether to stand.

Mr Price says simply ousting Ms Wood order “leave a toxic residue of bitterness and recrimination” and instead sets out designs which would see Ms Wood stay in power, while sharing the character with a man.

“I have to say it’s my view, and I believe that of many others in this mammoth party, that we have generally failed to consistently articulate a full and compelling vision of the future,” he writes.

“Our comfort zone has been a funny mixture of philosophical abstraction and the predictable, plodding politics of the parsimonious importune release, the tired tweet and the formulaic Facebook status.

“Nowhere has this shallowness been assorted exposed than on the question of independence, our very raison d’être, where our omission to present a clear and persuasive exposition explains why we have lost more than a thousand of our eight thousand colleagues in the last eight months.

“Pressing the reset button for our party has to start now; and it go about a find with the hard but vital work of developing a creative and credible league of ideas that will excite the interest and inspire the confidence of the people of Wales.”

Mr Value writes that having a man and a woman jointly leading the party at ones desire give Plaid a “radical and powerful leadership that will keep the traditional vulnerabilities of placing power in a single pair of hands”.

“In our own fete, co-leadership would allow us to embrace all viewpoints, to harness all drive and commitment for the widest civil progress possible,” he adds.

But Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas communicated co-leadership had been tried before in Plaid and had been “disastrous”.

“Either back Leanne to flex or challenge her. There’s no easy route to the top,” he tweeted.

Alun Lenny, a Plaid councillor in Carmarthenshire who has proded Mr Price to mount a challenge, told BBC Radio Wales he could not see why the co-signatory could not harness “the considerable talents we have” by having two leaders.

State ones position on Good Morning Wales, Mr Lenny said he voted for Ms Wood in the 2012 guidance contest, but added: “At best we are flat-lining,”


Analysis by Aled ap Dafydd, BBC Wales federal correspondent

The greatest risk is that today’s intervention leaves innumerable questions unanswered at a time when Plaid desperately needs reliability.

Does Adam Price really want to share the job with Leanne Wood?

What if Ms Wood eliminates the offer and Adam Price wins a leadership election only for supporter members to reject co-leadership?

None of this detail has been contemplation through.

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Also writing in the Western Mail on Monday, Mr ap Iorwerth required: “I’m on the record saying I’m considering my response to Leanne’s invitation for a debate on the direction.

“What that means in reality is that I’m speaking to as many people as doable about how best to take Plaid Cymru forward. We’re in this for Wales, not ourselves.”

BBC Wales appreciates Mr Price would be willing to see MPs as well as AMs stand for election as co-leader, subservient to to a change in party rules.

It is understood that Mr Price wants Ms Wood to vow to his proposal at an assembly group meeting on Tuesday.

Plaid Cymru chief CEO Gareth Clubb said the party did not recognise the membership figures repeated by Adam Price.

“Our membership is currently growing and we are confident that it inclination continue to do so,” he said.

The party said it had around 8,000 members in April – Mr Sacrifice suggested the figure was 1,000 fewer.

A spokesman for Mr Price said he barrowed by his figures.

On the call for co-leadership, a spokesperson for Ms Wood said: “All proposals whim be considered and will follow the appropriate procedures.

“I am sure all of us are determined to safeguard that we continue to work in the most open and democratic manner tenable.”

There has been mounting appetite within the party for a leadership call into, with former Plaid leader in Westminster Elfyn Llwyd career for a change in direction for the party and local constituency parties calling on both Mr Assay and Mr ap Iorwerth to stand.

Three other Plaid AMs – Llyr Gruffydd, Sian Gwenllian and Elin Jones – secure signed a letter calling for a competition.

On Saturday 53 councillors from across Wales – who turn up tell of up about a quarter of Plaid’s councillors – pledged their support to Ms Wood to maintain as leader.

Ms Wood has previously said she would welcome a leadership call out.

Sam Smethers, chief executive of women’s rights charity the Fawcett League, said: “The under-representation of men in our politics is not the problem.

“But we do support job-sharing of MP and leadership roles. It is admissible to see that Adam Price does too.”

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