Alun Ffred Jones re-elected Plaid Cymru Chair as bid to replace him fails
A bid to replace ex-Arfon Assembly Member Alun Ffred Jones as Plaid Cymru Chair failed on the second day of the party’s annual conference in Swansea.
Dr Dewi Evans, who had expressed support for allowing independent Assembly Member Neil McEvoy back into the party, was defeated in the conference vote.
“I am very grateful to Plaid Cymru members for putting your faith in me to continue in my role as Chair of the Party,” Alun Ffred Jones said in a statement.
“I will continue to work with Adam Price and Plaid members up and down the country to make a Plaid victory in 2021 a reality. Together, we will create a new Wales.”
This weekend’s vote had been seen as a last roll of the dice for Neil McEvoy’s hopes of being allowed back into Plaid Cymru. He had written on his blog this week that “the best thing Plaid can do now to prepare for government is to change its party Chair”.
Neil McEvoy was expelled from Plaid Cymru in March 2018. In July of this year, Neil McEvoy dropped his bid to re-enter Plaid Cymru, alledging a lack of a lack of “natural justice” and “due process”.
His supporters had bid for a number of posts on the party’s executive council including Director of Communications, and South Central Representative, but also failed to be elected.
“Congratulations to Alun Ffred,” Dewi Evans said.
”To the 95% of members not at conference who couldn’t vote, I’ll continue what we’ve started to make sure you play a bigger role in the party.”