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Elis-Thomas: Plaid reshuffle 'dream appointment'

Dafydd Elis-Thomas has issued the following statement after being moved from Energy to Rural Affairs:

This is a dream appointment for me, as all aspects of this portfolio are reflected in Dwyfor Meirionnydd, which I represent, and the county of Conwy where I live. I am also delighted to continue to chair the important Assembly Committee on Environment and Sustainability which includes scrutiny of the Government’s policy on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

I must also take this opportunity to thank my constituency party and Plaid members, particularly in Dwyfor Merionnydd, for their nomination and generous support in the recent Plaid leadership campaign, and I am grateful to our new leader Leanne Wood for this opportunity to serve and support her as part of her Shadow Cabinet.

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New Plaid shadow cabinet in full

  • Leader: Leanne Wood AM
  • Economy & Energy: Alun Ffred Jones AM
  • Health: Elin Jones AM
  • Education: Simon Thomas AM
  • Rural Affairs, Fisheries & Food: Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM
  • Finance and the Constitution: Ieuan Wyn Jones AM
  • Europe, Local Government, Communities and Transport: Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM
  • Heritage, Welsh Language and Sport: Bethan Jenkins AM
  • Social Services, children and Equal Opportunities: Lindsay Whittle AM
  • Environment, Housing and Regeneration: Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM
  • Business Manager and Chief Whip: Jocelyn Davies AM

Labour AM criticises former minister's badger cull comments

Labour says comments made by Plaid Cymru's Elin Jones in the wake of today's decision not to go ahead with a badger cull are 'grossly irresponsible.' As Rural Affairs minister, Ms Jones had overseen the earlier cull plans, and reacted to this afternoon's announcement in the Senedd.

Farmers will now have to decide how best to protect their cattle and I for one would not blame them for anything they do.

– Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru AM

Labour Assembly Member Rebecca Evans has herself responded by calling on Plaid Cymru's new leader Leanne Wood to take action.

Leanne Wood should now publicly distance herself from Elin Jones’ grossly irresponsible comments and formally ask her to withdraw them.

– Rebecca Evans, Labour AM

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Jones: "The key thing is to be yourself"

Outgoing Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones talks about what qualities he thinks a party leader should have, in an interview with ITV Wales.

"The key thing is to be yourself and not to be something you're not, and actually to develop your own style" he says.

"Over time I think people respect that a lot more than if you try artificially to be somebody you're not. "

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