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Plaid Cymru to withdraw from Montgomeryshire election

Created on 07/11/2019 @ 13:45
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Voters in Montgomeryshire will not get the opportunity of putting the cross in the box for Plaid Cymru on 12 December.

Powys County Council's Plaid Cymru group leader, Cllr Elwyn Vaughan, who was named the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate in July, will have to stand down, with Liberal Democrat PPC, Kishan Devani left as the only “remain” candidate in the election race.

The deal brokered by the Unite To Remain group and announced on Thursday morning, follows a similar agreement earlier this year in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.

On social media the pact has gone down badly in some quarters while others praise the pragmatism.

Several county councillors have also taken to social media, to air their views:

Cabinet member for Adult Services, Cllr Myfanwy Alexander tweeted: “I’ve been a member of Plaid Cymru since I was 15 although I did support others when we lived outside Wales, but that’s was where my heart and X was.

“Montgomeryshire has been betrayed by strangers, I’d rather burn my ballot paper.”

On the positive side, Liberal Democrat councillor on Welshpool Town Council, Richard Church, said on Facebook: “The best people involved in politics are those that have a vision of a better society, and they fight for that vision.

“It’s understandable then, that it hurts when they are asked to put that long term cause on one side for a short term objective namely stopping Brexit.

“My thoughts are with people in the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green party who are being told by their parties to put their vision to one side for this election in favour of a party with whom thy disagree on fundamental goals. I know it would hurt me.”

The declared PPCs in Montgomeryshire are:

Craig Williams – Conservative
Kishan Devani – Liberal Democrat
Oliver Lewis – Brexit Party
Kait Duerden – Labour


By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service

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