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Elis-Thomas' inevitable meeting

I understand that the meeting between Leanne Wood and Dafydd Elis-Thomas took place in the Assembly last night. The last time they'd had a similar meeting was when she restored the party whip to him after he'd failed to join Plaid members in a confidence vote against the former Health Minister.

At that earlier meeting I'm told it was made clear to Lord Elis-Thomas what was expected of him if he wanted to keep his committee chair and that that didn't include making publicly critical comments of the kind he made at the weekend,all of which meant last night's meeting had become inevitable.

Sources close to the leadership say a number of conference delegates had criticised his comments, saying they'd been a distraction and had undermined morale. There's been no official response yet from Dafydd Elis-Thomas, but in and outside Plaid, a lot of people are waiting to see what he does next.

Plaid leader explains Elis-Thomas sacking

Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood has explained why she's taken action against Dafydd Elis-Thomas:

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM will be replaced as Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson on Transport and as Plaid Cymru’s nominee as Chair of the National Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Plaid Cymru sought over the weekend to highlight the dangers posed to Wales by UKIP, because we fundamentally and sincerely believe that their politics and policies are not in the best interest of the people of our communities.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas decided to publicly oppose this position without raising any concerns in advance. The people of Wales, and Plaid Cymru members, expect and deserve a national party that is united in addressing the challenges our country faces; on jobs, the economy and will continue to put Wales first.

Alun Ffred Jones AM will be Plaid Cymru’s nominee for chair of the committee. He is a former Welsh Government Minister, and is an experienced and much respected colleague who has a keen interest in our nation's natural resources and in securing a sustainable and prosperous future for Wales. I am confident that fellow AMs will agree that he would be an asset to the committee as Chair. Rhun ap Iorwerth AM will be the Plaid Cymru Group Transport spokesperson.

– Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru leader


Dafydd Elis-Thomas disciplined by Plaid leader

The former leader of Plaid Cymru, Dafydd Elis-Thomas has been stripped of his job as chair of the Environment committee as punishment for criticising comments made by his party's leader at the weekend.

Plaid Cymru has confirmed that Lord Elis-Thomas will be replaced as chair of the Assembly's Environment Committee by Alun Ffred-Jones. He'll also lose his job as Transport Spokesman.

Twitter reaction to Richards' UKIP move

There's been a strong reaction online to the news that former Welsh Office minister Rod Richards has joined UKIP and is said to be seeking selection as one of the party's candidates in next year's European Parliament elections. Plaid Cymru's Dafydd Elis Thomas tweeted his response:

Matthew Evans, who leads the Conservative group on Newport council, said he was sorry to see Mr Richards finally sever links with his party.

But one UKIP tweeter was doubtful about the former minister's chances of winning the support of members of his new party.

Plaid leader to speak during Assembly Thatcher tributes

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will speak in tomorrow's Assembly session marking the death of Margaret Thatcher. A party source says her contribution will be 'sensitive and respectful' but will set out 'a vision for the future of Wales which is very different to the Thatcherite vision.'

Assembly Members will be given the opportunity to speak about the former Prime Minister in the Senedd chamber before the weekly First Minister's Question session. Former Presiding Officer Dafydd Elis-Thomas has said he won't attend.


Suspended Elis-Thomas backed by local party

There's strong support for Dafydd Elis-Thomas tonight from Plaid Cymru members in his constituency. The chair of Plaid's Dwyfor Meirionnydd Constituency Committee, Lis Pugh, has issued this statement:

In a meeting of the Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd Constituency Committee on Thursday 19 July, a motion was passed nem con that we state our full support for our Assembly Member, Dafydd Elis-Thomas.

The Commtitee is also totally commited to the task of realising Plaid Cymru's ambition of moving Wales on and ensure a more and confident future for our nation.

We believe that matters of conscience should always have priority over multi-party matters and we call on the Plaid Cymru group in the National Assembly to promote a positive agenda.

Wylfa decision 'not good news' says Plaid AM

Dafydd Elis-Thomas, the only candidate in the Plaid Cymru leadership contest to support Wylfa B, has reacted to the withdrawal of plans for a new nuclear power station. He was chairing the Assembly's environment committee, which was due to hear from the scheme's backers.

They didn't appear in the Senedd and Lord Elis -Thomas broke the news to Stephen Churchman of the anti-nuclear local authorities. Mr Churchman said it was good news. 'Well it may be for you but it's not for me' was the Plaid Cymru AM's reaction.

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