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Former Labour candidate backs Plaid and launches broadside at party

16 Jun 2024 2 minute read
Mary Gwen Griffiths Clarke (L) and Liz Saville Roberts

A former Labour Party general election candidate has endorsed Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts, complaining that Keir Starmer’s party has “lost sight of their founding principles”.

Mary Gwen Griffiths Clarke previously stood for Labour in Dwyfor Meirionnydd in 2015 and in Arfon in 2017.

Ms Griffiths Clarke, who lost to Plaid’s Hywel Williams by just 92 votes in the 2017 General Election, praised MS Saville Roberts, saying she admired “her ethics, integrity and hard work” for the people of her community.

She said that Ms Saville Roberts was “the only candidate who has the experience, local knowledge and political gravitas to deliver what is needed”.


“Over the years I have got to know Liz and I admire her ethics, integrity and hard work for the people here,” Ms Griffiths Clarke said.

“Liz genuinely cares and has a proven track record as a stand out representative in Parliament.

“Not only does Liz present issues in a compelling and convincing way to the chamber and various committees, she also runs an extremely efficient office.  Her team go above and beyond to help with constituent matters, and I have been very impressed with response times and action by Liz’s team.

“In my view Liz is the only candidate who has the experience, local knowledge and political gravitas to deliver what is needed. Her influence goes far beyond party politics.

“Sadly, Labour are the party of urban elites who do not view rural constituencies with equal parity. They do not care enough to take time to understand local issues and fight for the for the people of Dwyfor Meirionnydd.

“They are too busy fighting themselves and bullying anyone who challenges them. They have lost sight of their founding principles of democratic socialism, and I do not have confidence in their ability to deliver the meaningful change this country so desperately needs.”

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
28 days ago

I agree with you and thank you for your testimonial…Vote Liz with pride…

28 days ago

Da iawn Mary, da iawn Liz 👏

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
27 days ago

Now why ruin a good run, but I’ve just had it pointed out that there is George Borrow quote about Wrecsam Pig Jobbers and their attire…enough!

Last edited 27 days ago by Mab Meirion
Mandi A
Mandi A
27 days ago

Mary Gwen stood in Arfon where Hywel was a good constituency MP with a tiny majority, not Dwyfor Meirionnydd. Anyone with time to spare should be out helping Catrin Wager to fight off “Bangor-born” Tory Robin Millar, very likely to benefit from the boundary changes. The thought of the whole of the NW corner of Wales, not to mention a lot of the rest of the North Wales coast taken by Tories is deeply unsettling. Come on Llinos, come on Catrin.

Llais y Cefn Wlad
Llais y Cefn Wlad
27 days ago

Eifion Williams – the former neighbour ing Labour PPC also backed PC in the last Senedd elections mentioning the same issues of poor understanding of rural issues.

The feeling is the rural Welsh empathetic party of Cledwyn Hughes, Goronwy Roberts , Elystan Morgan, Jim Griffiths , Gwilym prys Davies , Huw T Edwards and the many others routed in the slate quarry’s and farming traditions has long gone !

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