Anglesey AM replaces Dafydd Elis-Thomas after Plaid sack

Reporter:

Tomos Hughes

ANGLESEY’S man in Cardiff Bay has been promoted to Plaid Cymru Transport spokesperson after Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM was sacked from his post.

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, who is already the party’s Shadow Minister for Economy and Enterprise, will add transport to his portfolio after the party demoted Lord Elis-Thomas from the role last week.

Arfon AM Alun Ffred Jones has also been nominated by the party to take over as Chair of the National Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Lord Elis-Thomas’ was ousted after he branded Plaid’s leader Leanne Wood’s recent attack on UKIP in her party conference speech as “facile”.

A statement from Leanne Wood said: “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.

“Alun Ffred Jones AM will be Plaid Cymru’s nominee for chair of the committee. I am confident that fellow AMs will agree that he would be an asset to the committee as Chair.

“Transport is being added to Rhun ap Iorwerth’s responsibilities as Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Economy and Enterprise.”

 

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