Plaid Cymru leadership: Adam Price joins contest

Adam Price has become the second Plaid Cymru Assembly Member to challenge Leanne Wood for leadership of the party.

The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr AM has confirmed that he will allow his name to go forward.

He joins Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth who confirmed his intention to stand earlier. You can read more details here.

Adam Price says he has been humbled by the encouragement and support:

The level of encouragement and support I received whilst not declaring any intention to stand has been truly humbling.

Following the recommendation of the Assembly Group to invite members to discuss a future leadership model, and the subsequent positive reaction from Leanne Wood, teams for both I and Leanne negotiated throughout the day, in good faith, to reach a way forward which recognised the need for change and avoid the need to challenge.

I will now accept the nominations I have received to seek to lead Plaid Cymru.

I will use this campaign to enthusiastically share and discuss some bold and creative policy ideas for a prosperous, confident and independent Wales with party members who will now have the opportunity they have called for to have their say on building a renewed and resurgent Plaid Cymru.

– Adam Price AM

Earlier this week Adam Price said that Plaid has 'generally failed to consistently articulate a comprehensive and compelling vision of the future' and that to move forward it should have two leaders in future.

He'd also suggested that he wouldn't challenge if his proposal for Plaid to have two leaders were adopted.

Last night Leanne Wood issued this statement in response to his proposal:

I have always been in favour of collective leadership, of using all the talents at our disposal to get the best for Wales and its people. We have fantastic ability within our ranks - from our grassroots members, our town and community councillors, our county councillors and all the way up to our AMs and MPs.

The Assembly group today stated that any proposal for a system of co-leadership would be a decision for the party and its membership. I am keen to discuss further how we can build a stronger collective leadership, and we need time to consider different options in a spirit of comradeship through the democratic processes of the party. The membership must decide how we move forward to achieve our goals.

Wales faces huge challenges and that's why we need a Plaid Cymru government more than ever. I want to lead this party with a positive platform into the 2021 election and I intend to become First Minister. I've set myself a high bar, and I'm putting my job on the line for it.

Recent polls show that under my leadership and through working hard as a collective, we can take on Labour - as I did in the Rhondda - and win.

– Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru leader

The proposal was discussed by Plaid Cymru AMs in a group meeting yesterday but they decided it should be a matter for members of the wider party.

The Plaid Cymru Assembly Group has discussed the proposal for co-leadership put forward.

Party leadership structures should always be considered for renewal and there is merit in exploring new ideas.

However, the Group agreed that such proposals are a matter for the party and its membership, rather than the Assembly Group.

– Plaid Cymru group spokesperson

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