Plaid Cymru staff raise concerns about election pact

The three parties had hoped to win enough seats to try to form a government

Plaid Cymru staff have been given the chance to raise their concerns about talks which could have led to an electoral pact between their party and two others.

Many Plaid members and staff only learnt about negotiations with the Liberal Democrats and Greens when I reported that the informal talks had ended without agreement yesterday.

If those talks had made progress, it could have led to an agreement to stand aside in certain areas in order to maximise the number of votes they could get between them.

Those involved in the talks believed the plan could have resulted in the three parties winning up to 22 seats in the Senedd.

With the other seats divided between Labour, Conservatives and possibly UKIP, parties who would be unlikely to work together, the 'progressive alliance' would have had a chance to form the Assembly's first non-Labour led government.

The failure of the discussions has hit Plaid Cymru hardest of the three. It's been on the receiving end of the most severe criticism from other parties and unease from within its own membership.

I reported yesterday the concerns of one AMover being left in the dark about the plans.

Today I understand that Plaid's deputy leader Elin Jones held a question and answer session for staff about the proposals which had been kept secret from party members.

I'm told that it was chance for people to raise their concerns and was 'full and frank.'

Meanwhile the Welsh Conservatives have returned to the attack in an online article by their leader Andrew RT Davies. You can read it in full here.

In it he says the fact that the talks took place at all is 'an absolute disgrace.'

In the article, he goes on to say that Plaid should apologise for trying to reach 'a grubby deal which would have deprived the electorate of a full range of candidates in certain seats.'