ELECTION 2012: Plaid Cymru leader out to “bust party myths” in Cardiff

April 13, 2012 4 Comments »
ELECTION 2012: Plaid Cymru leader out to “bust party myths” in Cardiff

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood (front right) and deputy leader of Cardiff Council Neil McEvoy, set off on a bike ride with Cardiff Cycle Tours

Plaid Cymru’s new leader Leanne Wood says her leadership could help broaden the party’s appeal in Cardiff at next month’s council elections.

Ms Wood was in Cardiff today with deputy council leader Neil McEvoy – also leader of the city’s Plaid Cymru group – to talk about the party’s policies on sustainable transport.

The pair visited Cardiff Cycle Tours in Cardiff Bay, taking part in an hour-long ride around the waterfront.

Speaking to yourCardiff, Ms Wood said she hoped her election, and the fact she is not a a fluent Welsh speaker, would see more people consider the party when they go to the polls on May 3.

She said: “There’s a perception issue that Plaid Cymru is mainly for Welsh speakers. That’s a myth. I’m hoping now, with me as a Welsh learner, I hope we can bust that myth.

“I hope that my election will enable people to think about Plaid Cymru in a way they might not have thought about us in the past.”

She added that Plaid Cymru had a strong record in Cardiff, and its councillors had demonstrated they are “real community champions”.

“They stand on a good record and a very strong record. There is organisation at grass roots level in communities who have never had representation at all. I think the party is growing in strength in Cardiff.”

Coun McEvoy said Plaid Cymru’s campaign was being well received on the doorstep so far.

He said: “It’s the first time we can look people in the face and say, this is what we’ve done.”

He added that when it came to sustainability, Plaid Cymru had more than doubled spending on cycle lanes and infrastructure in Cardiff and launched a new park and ride scheme in the city.

He said: “A total of £21m secured by Plaid has led to bus improvements, expanded pedestrianisation and the development of the Pont-y-Werin Bridge linking the international sports village with Penarth.”

If re-elected, he said Plaid would introduce an expanded cycle hire scheme, as well as developing car sharing schemes.

Ms Wood said councils had an important role to play in making sure Wales has a transport system that meets the economic and social needs of the nation, and reduced carbon emissions.

She said: “Plaid Cymru councillors are local champions, determined to use the tools at their disposal to make a difference to their communities. We are determined to do the work that is needed to improve our transport systems in order to stimulate economic growth and to stop social exclusion and isolation.”

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4 Comments

  1. Ralph April 14, 2012 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Neil McEoy said: “A total of £21m secured by Plaid has led to bus improvements, expanded pedestrianisation and the development of the Pont-y-Werin Bridge linking the international sports village with Penarth.”

    Where'd the money come from Neil? The Labour Government in the Assembly perhaps!

    Ms Wood said councils had an important role to play in making sure Wales has a transport system that meets the economic and social needs of the nation, and reduced carbon emissions.

    Leanne, your lot have been in the Council admiinistration for four years and we still don't have a bus station.

    Coun McEvoy said, with his tongue firmly engaged with his cheek, "Plaid Cymru’s campaign was being well received on the doorstep so far".

    • Martin April 17, 2012 at 1:13 am - Reply

      Think the money actually came from the Labour / Plaid coalition in the Assembly Ralph, perhaps!
      And you'r lot have run the Assembly with others since it's creation in 1999 – and we are now further behind the European GDP average than before objective 1! Hmmm

  2. John April 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I'm seriously considering voting Plaid Cymru for the first time ever – and this is coming from a Labour voter. Think the party is more like the 'old Labour' and I like their new leader, a Rhondda girl. It's up to Labour to convince me otherwise now.

    • Martin April 17, 2012 at 12:22 am - Reply

      Hope you do – been a Plaid member for 30 years, 2nd generation of a former Labour family that switched to Plaid in the 70's and 80's. Voted for Leanne as new leader as I know we need to convince the Valleys that they need to abandon the Labour Party that has failed them for decades. Who better to do that than Leanne! If we can take the valleys, we can follow the SNP in Scotland who took the Labour heartlands in central Scotland in 2011 – they have had long enough and FAILED WALES miserably – time to change

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