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Crunch meeting for Dafydd Elis Thomas

Dafydd Elis Thomas (right) applauds Leanne Wood after she beat him in the Plaid Cymru leadership contest in 2012 Credit: PA

The battle of wills between Plaid Cymru's former leader Dafydd Elis Thomas and the party's current leader Leanne Wood comes to a head tonight at a special meeting of senior Plaid officials and constituency members in Porthmadog.

Lord Elis Thomas' refusal to always toe the party line has led to friction since Leanne Wood became Plaid's leader in 2012. Relations were briefly patched up after he faced disciplinary action for missing a vote in the Senedd but matters have come to ahead since the Westminster election in May.

He publicly criticised the election campaign for prioritising parity with Scotland rather than focussing on specifically Welsh issues, criticism that those close to the Plaid leadership say would have been more appropriately made in private. Friends of the Dwyfor Meirionnydd AM say he's found the party hierarchy unwilling to listen to his concerns.

Plaid Cymru's executive meets on Saturday and has the power to cancel Dafydd Elis Thomas' selection as candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd in next year's Assembly election. It would be an extraordinary and potentially damaging step to take against a man who was first elected as MP for the old Merionethshire seat in 1974.

Tonight's meeting, where he is expected to put his case, will test whether he still has the support of his local party. If he has its backing, the members of the party executive would have to ask themselves if they could really risk a split with the activists in Plaid Cymru's safest seat.

Police 'concerned for welfare' of missing north Wales woman

Police are say they are concerned for the welfare of a woman who has gone missing in north Wales.

Credit: North Wales Police

51-year-old Karen Roberts has not been seen since yesterday evening when she went missing from the Ffynnongroyw area.

She is described as being white, of a slim build and has a pale complexion. She is approximately 5ft 6 inches tall and has long wavy dark brown hair.

Police say a Welsh accent and is likely to be wearing glasses.

I am appealing for anyone who has seen Karen, or knows of her whereabouts, to contact police. Her family have had no contact with her since she went missing and we are concerned for her welfare.

Karen is believed to frequent the Prestatyn and Ffynongroyw areas so I am especially appealing for information from people in these areas to make contact if they have any information.

I’d also appeal for Karen herself to contact police or family and friends to let them know that she is safe and well.”

– PC Ben Baker from Flint Police Station

She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, dark blue jeans and white Reebok trainers.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101.


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