Former Plaid Cymru candidate ‘horrified’ by ‘transphobia’ voting Green
A former Plaid Cymru candidate who has been “horrified” by “transphobia” has said he is voting for the Green Party.
Mike Parker, who unsuccessfully stood to be a Plaid Cymru MP in Ceredigion, said he’d be voting for the Greens on the regional list at the Senedd election on May 6.
He said that he cannot cast a vote that “might prolong the political career” of Helen Mary Jones, who is standing for Plaid Cymru in the Mid and West Wales region, because of “stuff she has put on social media”.
Last month she issued an apology to the trans community and said that she had “taken time to reflect” on her past comments and actions that “caused a lot of hurt and harm to a lot of people”.
This was following the resignation of one of the party’s regional candidates for North Wales, Owen Hurcum, who said that they were standing down after being unable to share a platform with her because of her past statements on the subject.
Mike Parker said: “Though a Plaid member, and indeed former candidate, I’m voting Wales Green Party on the regional list on May 6.
“I’d urge other progressive Plaid and independence supporters to think about doing the same. Here’s why.
“Sadly, I can’t cast a vote that might prolong the political career of Helen Mary Jones. Some stuff she has put on social media has horrified me.
“I’m a queer man and remember all too well the vile homophobia of the 80s. Very much of today’s transphobia is an awful echo of that.
“It’s not just an anti vote though. We need more parties in the Senedd outlining positive, progressive, pro-indy politics.
“I hugely welcome the Greens movement in this direction, and believe that the Welsh party can play as great a part in our future as their Scottish comrades.
“The voting system for the Senedd is awful, though it’s still better than first past the post, and it means that smaller parties can win a top-up seat on around 8% of the vote.
“That is a very achievable target for the Greens, especially perhaps here in the Mid & West region.
“Most importantly, we need MSs that get the potential severity of the climate crisis. We are all seeing real changes, even here, in equable northern Europe.
“Forget the pandemic, Brexit, independence: none of it means a stuff if we have an unliveable planet.”
Plaid Cymru have been contacted for a response.