Posted: Thu 11th May 2023

North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd appointed as Plaid Cymru interim leader

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Thursday, May 11th, 2023

Plaid Cymru has nominated North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd as its acting leader, subject to ratification by the party’s national council on Saturday. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The move comes after the current leader Adam Price announced his decision to step down amid recent controversy. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Mr Price, who has led the party since 2018, faced mounting pressure following the release of a report that criticised Plaid Cymru for failing to implement a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The report also identified numerous human resources issues that required urgent attention, with staff reporting instances of bullying and discrimination within the workplace. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Plaid Cymru’s Senedd group unanimously nominated Mr Gruffydd, but it means he will not participate in the upcoming leadership election. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Following his nomination, Mr Gruffydd expressed gratitude to his colleagues and praised Price for his commitment to the party over the last four years. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He said: “Our focus is now on moving forward together to deliver on behalf of the people of Wales, and to foster a better culture within the party.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He said he hopes members will entrust him with the responsibility of leading this work until a new leader is elected. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Plaid Cymru’s national council will meet on Saturday to ratify the decision, and a new permanent leader is expected to be in place by the summer. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

A timetable for the election process will be communicated to party members at the earliest opportunity. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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