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Labour-run Blaenavon town council backs Welsh independence

25 Sep 2019 2 minutes Read
Blaenavon is home to the Big Pit museum. Picture by Jonboy at wts wikivoyage (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Labour-dominated town council of Blaenavon has backed an independent Wales.

The valleys town, which has nine Labour councillors, two independents, and one Plaid Cymru, voted to support independence at a meeting tonight.

“I’m pleased to pass on the information that Blaenavon town council has adopted by a majority a proposal that we support moves towards an independent Wales,” Councillor Gareth Davies said.

“The boundary for support in Gwent is now just 14 miles from the border with our English friends and neighbours.”

He said that the motion was cosponsored by himself on behalf of Labour and Gareth McCann, the Plaid Cymru councillor.

The town of Blaenavon, home to 6,000 people and most famous as the home of the Big Pit Heritage Site, is the first council in Gwent to support independence.

A Welsh independence march in Merthyr Tydfil, 16 miles away, attracted 5,000 campaigners at the beginning of the month.

Caerphilly, Aber Valley and Llanbadrach and Pwyllpant councils were the first in south-east of Wales to back independence.

Crymych, Clydach and Llandysiliogogogo have done so in south-west Wales.

In the north-west, Gwynedd County council has backed independence, as have 17 town and community councils.

Machynlleth in Powys was the first ever to declare for Welsh independence, on the 28th of May.

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vicky moller
vicky moller
2 years ago

I toast Gareth McCann for being a leader and a bridge.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
2 years ago
Reply to  vicky moller

Seconded.

jr humphrys
jr humphrys
2 years ago
Reply to  Rhosddu

and Gareth!

Tudor Rees
Tudor Rees
2 years ago

The present set-up is dysfunctional. It has led to over-development and congestion in SE England and infrastructure under-development in Wales and Scotland. It would benefit England as well as Wales and Scotland to see the emergence of 3 self governing countries in the UK.

John Young
John Young
2 years ago
Reply to  Tudor Rees

Agreed. Over-development in the SE also hits the South West, North East and North West of England.

The imbalance is not a North/South one but a South East/rest of the UK one.

R Pugh
R Pugh
2 years ago
Reply to  Tudor Rees

Frankly, I don’t know why the South East (or perhaps just London) isn’t pushing for independence. Of all the regions theirs is the one that is best placed to stand on its own and it has most to lose from leaving the EU. Also means they could keep more of their money, which currently goes on everyone else

Chris Priest
Chris Priest
2 years ago

If Blaenafon council will vote for independence maybe they would be happt to make Blaenafon the official and only name of the town.

james green
james green
2 years ago

Forget independence should be sorting out Brexit Labour has let us all down hope they pay for it next election

Withheld
Withheld
2 years ago

The town council has gone dolally. They don’t have the authority to organise roadsweepers or able to organise a formal traders association, yet vote for independence.. Hahaha, This small mindednes is typical of this town council, ask any resident.

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