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Labour and Plaid Cymru talks ‘cannot go on forever’, says Mark Drakeford

14 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Adam Price picture by Plaid Cymru. First Minister Mark Drakeford AM. Mark Hawkins / Alamy Stock Photo.

The talks between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru cannot go on forever, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

They have been locked in talks about a potential co-operation deal for at least a month, but they have yet to reach an agreement.

The First Minister has said the talks need to come to a conclusion, while Sioned Williams from Plaid Cymru has said the talks are continuing.

Welsh Labour has 30 out of 60 seats in the Senedd, and Plaid Cymru has 13. The Welsh Government needs the help of at least one opposition Senedd member to pass laws and budgets in the legislature.

In an interview with BBC Wales, Mark Drakeford said: “I agree that the discussions need to come to a conclusion.

“There has been a great deal of discussion this week involving members of my cabinet and members of the Plaid Cymru group here.

“There are things we still need to resolve in those discussions, but they can’t continue forever.”

‘Common ground’ 

According to Sioned Williams MS, there is a lot of “common ground” between the parties.

She said: “I agree that perhaps the programme for government we’ve had from Labour isn’t ambitious enough.

“Plaid Cymru have the ideas to ensure that this Senedd builds a better Wales over the next five years, so yes, we do need to get on with it.”

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Argol Fawr
Argol Fawr
7 days ago

Its one thing to have ideas, Its another matter completely to sign the dotted line. A lack of negotiating skills, internal disagreements or an inability to commit. whatever, it doesn’t look good for a self proclaimed progressive party Sioned.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 days ago

There must a number of no-brainers they can agree on and share with us just so we can see they are not wasting our time and money…are the minutes of these meeting published online or is this more behind closed door business.

Time is short and the outlook is grim so don’t sit on your hands…

Pay should be performance based…only half joking…

Grayham Jones
7 days ago

The Labour Party have got to start fighting for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 a Free Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 and stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Brian Coman
Brian Coman
7 days ago

There are more things that need a conclusion, including an end date as Drakeford still continues to tell us to wash our hands and work from home..
Daddy Daycare comes to mind !

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 days ago
Reply to  Brian Coman

You have probably changed your mind by now…Wolves 43,000 – Wales 4,000

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