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Former First Minister expects cooperation deal with Plaid to continue despite Adam Price quitting

12 May 2023 2 minute read
Former First Minister Carwyn Jones. Picture: National Assembly.

The former First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones says he doesn’t think most Labour Senedd Members agree with Ken Skates’ call to end the ‘Compact’ agreement between the government and Plaid Cymru.

Mr Skates, a former Labour cabinet minister, called for Plaid Cymru’s co-operation deal with the Welsh government to end following the publication of a damning report last week  that said “too many instances of bad behaviour” were tolerated in the party.

The Clwyd South MS said he does not want to deal “with bullies, misogynists or anyone who discriminates against others”.

When asked on S4Cs Y Byd yn ei Le whether the agreement was in danger following the former Labour minister’s comments, Carwyn Jones said: “I don’t think that’s the opinion of most Labour Senedd Members. This is an agreement between two parties, and not between individuals.

“I remember in 2009, I came in as First Minister, the first time there was a coalition of course, and that changed nothing just because Welsh labour had a new leader. And I’d expect the same thing to happen again.”

Mark Drakeford Issued a statement on Thursday thanking Adam Price for his work implementing the co-operation agreement following Mr Prices resignation on Wednesday night as a result of the report.

In the statement, the First Minister said: “I want to thank Adam Price for the constructive way the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru have worked together to develop and implement the co-operation agreement. These shared priorities are making a real difference to people across Wales.

“The co-operation agreement is an agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru – not between individuals.

“There will be discussions about the agreement in light of recent developments.”

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John Davies
John Davies
1 year ago

Plaid may still be reeling from the unpleasant contents of that report. But Labour are in no position to point the finger at them. A woman Labour MP recently reported a front-bench member of the Shadow Cabinet for groping her. She went to the police because she had little faith in the party’s disciplinary procedures. Within two hours she was asking the police not to pursue the matter.  It is obvious she was nobbled. What is more, it must have been done with extreme speed. I wonder what threats were used to make her back down? It can be very… Read more »

Iago Prydderch
Iago Prydderch
1 year ago

No mention of the Labour Party under Carwyn Jones being investigated for bullying. Lots of accusations and yet no names are released of the bullies because the party comes first!

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