Adam Price isn’t the ‘right person’ to lead Plaid Cymru, says former PCC
Adam Price isn’t the “right person” to lead Plaid Cymru, according to a former PCC.
Arfon Jones, who recently stepped down as North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, took aim at his party leader for the performance at the Senedd election.
Plaid was knocked back in many of its targets, and won 13 seats in the Welsh Parliament, compared to 30 for Labour and 16 for the Conservatives.
Jones took aim at the party’s electoral strategy and claimed that its leadership didn’t do enough to support regional branches.
When he was asked by Golwg360 if Adam Price was the right person to lead Plaid Cymru, he replied: “I don’t think so personally. I know there are some people who still support him but that’s another matter.
“It’s up to the membership to decide on who it wants as a leader. But no, I don’t think he’s the person to move us forward”.
On his party’s performance at the Senedd election, he said: “I don’t think there was a strategy there to tell the truth.
“We haven’t had any support from the centre in Cardiff, and the reason that some candidates did so well was because of their own hard work, and not because of support from the party.
“It’s time for us to have that discussion, and we are unable to have it internally.
“We’ve had a working committee and a national council and the electoral failures haven’t been discussed in either of them.
“I know that Dafydd Trystan (Davies) is investigating these failures and it’s expected that something will be published in September.
“But I think we should have a discussion now before it becomes ‘oh everything is ok’ and we do the same in the next election again.”
Arfon Jones called on Plaid to “devolve resources” to party branches and suggested that it would lead to more success.
He said: “That would enable them to build their own infrastructure.
“We’ve been quite successful in Wrexham through building our own structure, and we’ve done that without a jot of support from Cardiff or the leadership.
“It took two years if not more for Adam Price to visit us as branches in the north east of Wales, and that isn’t good enough.”
A spokesperson for Plaid Cymru said: “The period after an election is an important opportunity for Plaid Cymru to reflect on the campaign and to look ahead to the local elections in 2022.
“Dafydd Trystan’s review will be supporting that work and we look forward to accepting any constructive recommendations in due course.”