Adam Price confirms he is quitting as Plaid Cymru leader
Adam Price has told Plaid Cymru members he is quitting as leader days after a review found a culture of harassment, bullying and misogyny in the party.
In a letter to Marc Jones, the chair of Plaid Cymru, Adam Price 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.”
The party’s National Executive Committee has approved a motion to allow the party’s Senedd Group to invite nominations for the position of interim Leader at its meeting on Thursday morning, subject to ratification by the party’s National Council on Saturday.
Thank you for the kind messages over the last few days and all the support throughout my leadership. 🏴
Following a meeting of @Plaid_Cymru National Executive Committee tonight, I have sent this letter to Marc Jones, Party Chair. pic.twitter.com/er84bmaIlh
— Adam Price 🏴🏳️🌈 (@Adamprice) May 10, 2023
This will be subject to ratification by the party’s National Council on Saturday, with plans for a new leader to be in place for the summer.
Mr Price had led the party since 2018, following time spent as an MP in Westminster before going on to represent Carmarthen East and Dinefwr in the Welsh Assembly.
Mr Jones 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.
“Through the Co-operation agreement, brokered and delivered by Adam, Plaid Cymru has been able to implement ground-breaking policies such as free school meals in primary schools, reforms that better protect our communities and we look forward to a stronger Senedd which better reflects our confident nation.”
“As we begin the process of electing a new Leader our unwavering focus will be on implementing the recommendations of Project Pawb in order to foster a new culture within the party, making it a safe and inclusive member led movement for all.”
Welsh Conservatives leader Andrew RT Davies said that the exit of Mr Price had become “inevitable”.
“I have no doubt Adam Price’s departure is a moment of personal sadness for him,” he tweeted.
“Following the recent report into the culture within their Party, it became clear Plaid Cymru politicians no longer had confidence in his leadership, so Adam’s departure became inevitable.
“On a personal level, I wish Adam and his family well for the future and hope that he is now given the space and time to reflect on what that future might look like.”
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Stinks of outside interference/manipulation.
Now who might that be, I wonder?
Perhaps it just stinks of misogyny and bullying? 82 recommendations and a known problem culture rather says that Plaid have done this to themselves. However I cant see how cutting off the head of the organisation deals with any of its festering problems. It just kicks them into the long grass. Again.
Drakeford should follow him…
And Rob Roberts, they come in every colour
To avoid what may be viewed as conspiracy theorising, why don’t Plaid/Prosiect Pawb release all the details of this report, all the findings and examples of egregious behaviour (plus, shouldn’t there be criminal investigations if any of the claims amount to assault?). Names and other identifying details should, of course, be redacted. Political parties are there to serve the public, politicians are there to represent our interests – we deserve to know exactly how bad this situation is.
Sickening to see this on the National News…
Can’t hide 82 Recommendations. Transparency and Honesty is what we need!
What we need are politicians who can behave like decent people…
Just a thought and I know a bit tin foil hat territory but, we have Sinn Fein being prevented from governing in the north of Ireland, the SNP being dragged over the coals and now this happening to Plaid Cymru, all very convenient for the anti independence factions and Westminster, It’s probably just a coincidence, but you know what they say about coincidences
Funny how the tories don’t get investigated for bullying, misogyny, racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and corruption.
And let’s not forget all the money sloshing about in the tory coffers from the Russian oligarchs.
Like you said all very convenient for the corrupt unionists.
Let me make one important thing clear..he resigned due to the loss of support from some members of Plaid and not for his failure to support members of his own party. I hate this self appreciation attitude too.
Accusations of “transphobia” have been used to suppress discussion of tailing Labour on trans issues, including on worries of engaging transactivists to design the RSE syllabus for primary schools. Adam being gay appears to have handicapped him, as he could but didn’t call up LGB Alliance Cymru for help.