Socialist, feminist, republican to lead Plaid
Socialist Resistance welcome the victory of Leanne Wood, socialist, feminist and republican, as the leader of Plaid Cymru in the results of a membership ballot announced on March 15. Leanne won a 55.1% majority against the favourite Ellin Jones who got 41% in a second round run off after the defeat of former party leader Lord Ellis-Thomas. We supported Leanne’s leadership campaign and welcome the new direction for Plaid which she had set out in the first interview as leader with the Western Mail:
“Clearly the membership of Plaid Cymru want the party to move in a different direction now and I’m looking forward to working with people to take the party in that new direction.”
“ I think the work that we do now is around the prioritisation of the economy and of jobs. We have got deep structural problems around the Welsh economy and so I think that Plaid Cymru needs to put together a long-term economic plan to turn around the situation and that does involve over the long term working for independence for Wales because I am convinced our problems are structural and as long as we are tied in to an economy that treats us as a periphery then we are not able to reach our full potential.
“I think most members of Plaid Cymru know where I stand and what I am concerned about and people have voted for it. People have voted for a set of policies that is different to what we’re used to, and they have voted for it with quite a large majority
“I have always said, you know, that you can throw these labels and stereotypes but really I reflect the politics that grass roots members of Plaid Cymru support in annual conferences year after year.
“We are a party of the left, we reflect the Welsh radical tradition and we will continue to do this under my leadership.”
Neges dda iawn. We need radical policies in order to move the political poles leftwards. I wish her all the best.