Changes to how Plaid Cymru is run, with a formal 'leadership team' to assist Leanne Wood, will be debated at a special party conference today. Delegates meeting in Aberystwyth will be be asked to approve giving control of the party machinery to the Chair of Plaid Cymru.
The current chair, Helen Mary Jones, says the changes will strengthen the party leader's position and streamline decision making. The party conference would be opened to all members, not just delegates from local branches, constituencies and other party units.
– Plaid Cymru Chair Helen Mary Jones
I firmly believe that these changes will strengthen our party and transform our structures to enable us to become the campaigning organisation we want and need to be. These proposals will transform the way we take our message to communities the length and breadth of Wales. Unlike other parties, Plaid Cymru continues to uphold and value the role of all its members in deciding party policy and direction. I am particularly proud of the proposal that would allow all party members to be able to participate fully in our National Conference.