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Elis-Thomas: Plaid reshuffle 'dream appointment'

Dafydd Elis-Thomas has issued the following statement after being moved from Energy to Rural Affairs:

This is a dream appointment for me, as all aspects of this portfolio are reflected in Dwyfor Meirionnydd, which I represent, and the county of Conwy where I live. I am also delighted to continue to chair the important Assembly Committee on Environment and Sustainability which includes scrutiny of the Government’s policy on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

I must also take this opportunity to thank my constituency party and Plaid members, particularly in Dwyfor Merionnydd, for their nomination and generous support in the recent Plaid leadership campaign, and I am grateful to our new leader Leanne Wood for this opportunity to serve and support her as part of her Shadow Cabinet.

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New Plaid shadow cabinet in full

  • Leader: Leanne Wood AM
  • Economy & Energy: Alun Ffred Jones AM
  • Health: Elin Jones AM
  • Education: Simon Thomas AM
  • Rural Affairs, Fisheries & Food: Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM
  • Finance and the Constitution: Ieuan Wyn Jones AM
  • Europe, Local Government, Communities and Transport: Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM
  • Heritage, Welsh Language and Sport: Bethan Jenkins AM
  • Social Services, children and Equal Opportunities: Lindsay Whittle AM
  • Environment, Housing and Regeneration: Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM
  • Business Manager and Chief Whip: Jocelyn Davies AM

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Jones: "The key thing is to be yourself"

Outgoing Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones talks about what qualities he thinks a party leader should have, in an interview with ITV Wales.

"The key thing is to be yourself and not to be something you're not, and actually to develop your own style" he says.

"Over time I think people respect that a lot more than if you try artificially to be somebody you're not. "

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