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.
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First Minister Carwyn Jones has arrived in Patagonia for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the first landing by Welsh settlers in Argentina. He's met the Governor of Chubut Province, Martin Buzzi, and tonight they will attend a performance of music and dance in Puerto Madryn, founded by the Welsh as Porth Madryn on 28 July 1865.
Governor Buzzi earlier told the local newspaper El Diario de Madryn that the celebration of the Welsh pioneers evoked the issue of the Malvinas (Falklands) because it showed that the Argentine State respected the culture, religion and especially the language of immigrants.
The Welsh settlement in our lands belies the idea held by some islanders that under the Argentine flag they would not be respected.
The President of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, who has previously compared the Welsh settlers with the Falkland Islanders, was also due to attend tonight's festivities. But she's cancelled all her engagements because she has laryngitis.
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