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Plaid AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas to stand down in 2016

Rhodri Glyn Thomas said he was announcing his departure now to allow Plaid time to find a new candidate for 2016. Credit: Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas has said he will stand down at the next Assembly election in 2016.

He has been the Assembly Member for Camarthen East & Dinefwr since 1999, and is one of only 20 AMs who served in the first Assembly that continue to serve in today's law-making Assembly.

He was Heritage Minister in the One Wales government, but stood down in 2008 after he was caught breaking the smoking ban.

He is currently Plaid's spokesperson on Europe, Local Government, Housing and Transport.

His party's leader, Leanne Wood, paid tribute to him as "a formidable force in Welsh politics."

First Minister should be clear about devolution future - Plaid

Plaid Cymru has criticised comments by Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith about the future of devolution in tonight's Face to Face programme. Mr Smith says there should be joint decision-making by Wales and England in important areas like Higher Education funding and social care.

But Plaid's Rhodri Glyn Thomas claims the remarks show there's still an anti-devolution strain in the Labour party.


Plaid Cymru calls for a clear statement from the Assembly on Trident

At the party's weekly presser, Plaid's Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM called for a clear statement from all members of the Assembly on Trident. This, ahead of Plaid's debate in plenary tomorrow which opposes the siting of Trident or any other nuclear weapons in Milford Haven or elsewhere in Wales.

Mr Glyn Thomas said that he didn't want to see any weapons of mass destruction in Wales and wanted to see cross party opposition to the idea. Plaid Cymru is also calling on the UK Government not to replace Trident but to use the resources saved to create jobs.

The debate may well be curtailed, though, because of an amendment from Jane Hutt AM which notes that the Welsh Government has no powers to determine the siting of nuclear weapons and recognises this is a matter for the UK Government.

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Plaid Cymru accuses the leader of Unite of putting party loyalty before members' interests

Andy Richards , leader of Unite ,had described Plaid's call for a coalition of left wing groups to challenge austerity measures " a publicity stunt "

But Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas hit back accusing Mr Richards of putting his own political interests above those of his members.

This is an astonishing outburst from Andy Richards who seems unable to accept that Plaid Cymru has shown long term determination to stand up for the rights of working people.His tribal comments show clearly that his priority is what's best for the labour party rather than what is best for his members.

Over the past months, I and many Plaid Cymru colleagues have stood shoulder to shoulder with members of trade unions, including Unite, who have been fighting for a fair deal on pensions and to save jobs that the UK Government want to axe.

– Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

The Am went on further to say

The Labour party on the other hand has refused to support these efforts.

Labour's Ed Milliband has even said he will not reverse the cuts being made if he gets a chance.

If Mr Richards spends his time fighting for what's best for the labour party rather than what's best for Unite members, maybe he should consider if he is in the right job.

If Labour in Wales is really interested in what's best for workers, they will disassociate themselves from Mr Richard's comments.

I invite Carwyn Jones to make a swift and clear statement opposing these tribal and sectarian remarks

– Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, Carmerthen East and Dinefwr