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Council leader confirms she intends to stay in the role despite Westminster bid

05 Oct 2023 2 minute read
Llinos Medi and Plaid Cymru leader Rhun ap Iorwerth

Dale Spridgeon, local democracy reporter

Anglesey’s council leader Councillor Llinos Medi has confirmed she will be staying in her role during her bid to become the island’s next MP.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that that she had been selected as Plaid Cymru’s next Westminster parliamentary candidate for Ynys Môn.

Should she be elected as a Member of Parliament representing the island she would have to resign her seat as a county councillor.

She has described being chosen as a “privilege.”

Virginia Crosbie

It has been 10 years since she was elected as a county councillor for the first time, and then as the first female Leader of the council. She will attempt to win the Ynys Môn seat from sitting Conservative MP Virginia Crosbie.

” I have been determined to always demand the best for the island.” She said.

“I am now looking forward to the opportunity to do that in Westminster, hoping to join the active Plaid Cymru team there.”

Quashing speculation over any clash of interest Anglesey Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Dylan J Williams, said: “There is nothing to prevent a Council Leader standing as a parliamentary candidate and, in her role as Leader, Cllr Llinos Medi, will still be subject to the Code of Conduct in relation to the declaration of outside interests.”

“We will continue to share information relating to Council business as normal, but any matters concerning the Leader’s role as a parliamentary candidate will not be part of the Council’s remit.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago

Will she have to remove her ‘vote for me’ badge when in the council chambers?

I suspect that her supporters have already made up their minds…

Alwyn Evans
Alwyn Evans
6 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I hope so

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago

A question I would like to ask Rhun is do you think Rishi Sunak was right to refuse to apologise for the UK’s part in Slavery…

There is a thought provoking piece on Portugal’s reluctance to deal with its 400 year involvement in Slavery in today’s Guardian…

I would also be interested in Vaughan Gething’s opinion…

Last edited 6 months ago by Mab Meirion
hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Slavery is about the worst aspect of human nature and commercialised to boot ! However there is little point in engaging in apologies and similar gesture stuff while slavery still goes on here there and every where. Far better to focus our energies on snuffing it out wherever the curse of slavery survives or thrives today. That will mean tackling so called allies in the Gulf States and Saudi, whole blocs of Africa, much of the other continents where it survives due to religion and feudal customs, and, disturbingly, the main streets of most Western nations where the modern version… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

P.S – No evidence yet of Llinos Medi ever owning slaves. Are you about to spring something on us ?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Bucket of sand in the post, re Llinos please don’t be silly…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

I was going to do an MPhil on this subject 20 years ago but my mum took ill and it never happened, it has been studiously avoided by historians until Chris Evans wrote Slave Wales in 2010…

Last edited 6 months ago by Mab Meirion
Dafydd Thomas
Dafydd Thomas
6 months ago

I wonder where Llinos Medi stands on the misogynistic bullying within Plaid Cymru? Does she feel members should be thrown out of the party if they have been engaged in such matters?

R W
R W
6 months ago

Best of luck to Llinos, who is very much the right person to represent this seat.

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