Adam Price discusses ‘aspirations’ of rejoining the EU
Leader of Plaid Cymru Adam Price has announced he is stepping down. The news comes after a series of accusations and a recent report highlighting that women were disproportionately “let down” by the party, which did not adopt a zero-tolerance stance on sexual harassment.
Mr Price, who has been in the role since 2018, said: “We have driven the agenda for change in a way that no previous opposition party has dreamt of doing.
“The Cooperation Agreement was truly ground-breaking and has delivered life-changing benefits to our children, families and friends all over Wales.
“Our core driver – independence for Wales – has broken the banks of mainstream politics and now many, from all parts and all parties, believe like we do that it is a matter of when and not if.
“My commitment to our vision of a nation transformed remains as strong as ever, and my energy for change undimmed.
“You have my personal assurance that I will continue to serve my country, my constituents and our party with determination and enthusiasm.”
Under Mr Price’s leadership, a report uncovered a “toxic atmosphere” in the party, where people were reluctant to speak out against instances of sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination, which were not isolated incidents.
Mr Price had been elected as the Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr in 2001, which he held until stepping down in 2010.
Marc Jones, the chair of Plaid Cymru, said: “On behalf of Plaid Cymru I want to thank Adam for his drive and vision over the past four and a half years.
“Adam’s personal commitment to making Wales a fairer nation is a lasting legacy of which he and Plaid Cymru can be proud.”
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Jones added: “As we begin the process of electing a new leader our unwavering focus will be on implementing the recommendations of Project Pawb [the report] in order to foster a new culture within the party, making it a safe and inclusive member-led movement for all.”
Despite claims that the party requires a new leader for a fresh start, Mr Price declined to comment on the matter when the report was published in December last year.
He said: “I’m focused on everything that is at the heart of what we do which is making a difference to the lives of people in Wales through the co-operation agreement and the tens of thousands of children receiving free school meals in the midst of these challenging times as a result of that.
“The work that we’re doing in solidarity with those workers that are striking in order to get a decent pay rise, holding the Welsh Government to account.
“The collective leadership of Plaid Cymru isn’t going anywhere because we are actually making a difference to people’s lives every day.”
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