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UKIP's candidate in the European elections, Nathan Gill, has now issued a full response to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood's criticism of UKIP as 'un-Welsh.'
UKIP has begun responding to criticism from Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood. In her speech to Plaid's conference in Cardiff, she's expected to say that 'a vote for UKIP is a vote against Wales.'
UKIP's lead candidate in the European election, Nathan Gill, has taken to twitter to hit back.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats say their supporters won't be fooled into voting for Plaid Cymru in the forthcoming European elections. Plaid's leader Leanne Wood has urged disaffected Lib Dems to back her party in May's vote.
But Lib Dem Euro candidate, Alex Dauncey, says Plaid's aim of independence risks separating Wales from the EU. And he made his own appeal, urging Plaid voters to back the Lib Dems
All four political parties will focus on the European Elections in their spring conferences, but for Plaid Cymru there's an extra urgency stemming from the very real prospect of losing its seat in the European Parliament, a possibility highlighted by our recent Wales Barometer poll.
Privately party chiefs acknowledge the threat of failing to return an MEP for the first time since the present voting system was introduced in 1999 and realise that it would be a big blow to Plaid and to its leader.
That, along with a strong belief that Wales benefits from being part of the EU, explains the attacks on UKIP's 'isolationist politics of division' that you can expect in Leanne Wood's speech as well as her appeal to Lib Dem and Green voters to back Plaid rather than stay at home on polling day.
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood is expected to make a strong attack on UKIP at her party's conference in Cardiff, warning that Wales risks being 'dragged to the margins' if UKIP gains a lot of support in the forthcoming European election. She's expected to say:
She's also expected to urge Liberal Democrat and Green voters not to stay at home but to back Plaid Cymru in May's election. She'll say that the vote represents a choice between 'two futures' and warn that if UKIP prevails, Wales 'faces being dragged to the margins by a wave of damaging Europhobia.'
The Plaid leader is also expected to draw a contrast between what she calls 'Labour's lack of ambition' and positive policies set out by her party. Leanne Wood is due to deliver her speech this afternoon.
Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood will be the main speaker at her party's spring conference. The conference is being held in Cardiff and is expected to focus on the forthcoming European election.