Adam Price rejects suggestion putting independence at ‘centre’ of election campaign was a ‘mistake’
Adam Price has rejected the suggestion that “putting independence front and centre” of the 2021 Senedd election campaign was a “mistake”.
The Plaid Cymru Leader, who will address his party’s Annual Virtual Conference later on today, said he didn’t think it “made any substantial difference to the outcome”.
But he did say there were things he would have “done differently” in “retrospect”, some of them “practical issues” to do with his party’s election machine, and others to do with “political strategy”.
His party increased the number of seats it has in the Senedd from 12 to 13, while the Conservatives went from 11 to 16, and Labour went from 29 to 30.
During an interview with WalesOnline, it was put to Price that his party “didn’t make the progress” it “wanted it to” in “terms of votes and seats”.
It was suggested that because of this “putting independence front and centre was a mistake”.
Price replied: “No, I don’t think that made any substantial difference to the outcome of the election. I think we gained votes in some areas and we lost in some.
“But it wasn’t a net negative in the sense that you raised the question. Did it explain the the result which didn’t give us the progress that we would have liked to create? We did go up one seat rather than going down but obviously it wasn’t the level that I had hoped for. However, I don’t think independence is the key explanatory factor.
He added: “I think in any election campaign there are always things in retrospect that you would have done differently and we’ve gone through a fairly detailed process led by Dafydd Trystan identifying some of those lessons learned and we’re working through implementing those recommendations.
“Some of them are sort of fairly practical, almost technical issues around the election machine, which are relatively easy to identify and relatively easy to solve. Some of them are more strategic questions, and which are more about the political strategy of the party, and we were doing a lot of deep thinking around this and I’ll have more to say about this in the new year.”