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I am ready for Westminster seat says Plaid Cymru’s Ynys Môn MS

26 Oct 2022 5 minute read
Rhun ap Iorwerth. Picture by Plaid Cymru.

Ynys Môn Senedd Member Rhun ap Iorwerth has pledged to be the island’s next voice in London – and not “London’s representative in Ynys Môn if he wins the seat in the next Westminster election.

The next planned General Election is set  2025. Some pundits moot the possibility of a snap election amid recent political upheaval at number 10, but Mr ap Iorwerth says he is “ready to go”.

The 50-year-old has been the island’s Member at the Senedd for the past nine years.

He admitted that standing for the Westminster seat was “not something I had planned to do.”

The Plaid Cymru politician said it has been “the highest honour” to represent his home island in the Welsh parliament.

But over the past nine years it had “become clear to me, this should be something I should do – I should put my name forward.”

Committed

He said he was committed to making sure “the interests of all the people of Ynys Mon are served and promoted.”

“If you think you have a government that works against the interests of your country and your own area you just have to do something about it,” he said.

“You have to use every platform and that platform now includes the House of Commons.

“I have to try to make it so we have that platform available to us.”

Speaking of the cost-of-living crisis he said it was “distressing in so many ways” to see many vulnerable people on the island paying the cost of recent political decisions.

“So many people are feeling the effects of the cost of living with rising prices and mortgages going up.

“There has been a shambolic handling of the economy, and the party in charge is only interested in playing its own games.

“We have got to do something about the situation, it is shameful at the moment.

“I am standing as someone who the people on Ynys Mon have got to know.

“Hopefully, I have helped thousands of people and built trust over the years, and I hope they will unite behind me to bring Ynys Mon together politically and economically.”

Reaching out

As part of efforts to “share his ideas” Mr ap Iorwerth said he was going to be “reaching out.”

“We are going to be putting out leaflets to explain our ideas and to let people know we are here, to show that we want to give people in the area the kind of representation they deserve.

“We have a lot of work to do to get more funding coming to Anglesey and Wales.”

On Monday, he told the Plaid Cymru conference at Venue Cymru, Llandudno his decision to stand had been made because “this government was acting so contrary to the interests of Ynys Môn and Wales.”

In is conference speech he also cited the need to “make sure the voice of Ynys Môn was heard,” in jobs, in energy projects, the port and town of Holyhead and in support for areas “hit hard” in recent years such as Amlwch and the north of the island and he wanted to “unite” the island’s communities.

Over the years Anglesey’s history has been shaped by all four major parties in Wales which have at one time, or another held the seat Westminster seat.

“It is an interesting seat; it has been everywhere politically” Mr ap Iorwerth said.

“But it is the constituency that I love, and the standards of the people are very high, they just want to know they are being represented.

“The last election was after years of Brexit gloom, so let’s get Brexit done and let the Conservative’s squeeze be over.

“They have changed their leader twice in just a  few weeks, they have no democratic mandate, messing around with democratic mandates, is something that people are taking a dim view of.

“Changing a leader once, is one thing but simply appointing a leader as they have with Rishi Sunak is contemptuous.

“They are just so desperate to cling on to power.”

Boundary changes

Commenting on recent boundary changes, Mr ap Iorwerth also said he was pleased at the Boundary Commission for Wales’ revised proposals.

The changes mean that Ynys Môn will always have its own Member of Parliament and can never be grouped with areas of the mainland.

“I started looking into this about five years ago, that Ynys Môn should stay as its own separate constituency.

“We are as a special case, there are unique circumstances around island communities that make them their own unit, it  makes for better representation for the area.

He added “Should there be a general election now or later,  I am ready to go.”

Ynys Mon is my home, and this area means so much, never underestimate just how important  it is to me.”


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Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
1 month ago

Ta ta Jini.

NOT Grayham Jones
NOT Grayham Jones
1 month ago

Ynys Mon is a usual UK Labour seat so he will be lucky to win it judging by the current polls.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
1 month ago

Ynys Mon has been trending heavily towards Plaid in recent years, both in the Senedd and Council elections. Prior to Albert Owen, Ynys Mon was a parliamentary Plaid seat.

I am not sure on what basis you believe Ynys Mon is a safe UK Labour seat and no one knows who the Labour candidate here is anyway, whereas Rhun ap Iorwerth is an experienced MS with a relatively high profile.

NOT Grayham Jones
NOT Grayham Jones
1 month ago
Reply to  SundanceKid

You are right in what you say and in a close election im sure he would win it. However unless things change if there is a Labour land slide they would sweep up Ynys Mon together with virtually all the Welsh seats. It was interesting last week to hear Adam Price basically pleading with Labour not to canvass in Plaid seats because he knows they will sweep up. I bet Starmer was laughing his head off.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
1 month ago

I don’t think it is a given that Labour would “sweep” Ynys Mon at all. I live here. People here are fed up with the whole Westminster cabal altogether. Most constituencies only have a choice between Labour and Conservative, Ynys Mon doesn’t. Labour is “popular” because they are the antithesis to the Tories. Interesting you say Price has been pleading with Labour not to canvass in Plaid constituencies, because I have already seen calls from Labour locally to urge Plaid to stand down here.

R W
R W
1 month ago

Rhun is an extremely popular character in Ynys Môn and will be a strong voice for the island in Westminster. Pob lwc Rhun.

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