A group of celebrities, including actor Michael Sheen and musician Cerys Matthews, have released an open letter calling on politicians to support a Welsh-only name for Parliament in a vote next week.
The announcement of the letter comes ahead of a campaign rally held tomorrow by campaigners (1pm, Saturday, November 9th) in favor of using the name ‘Senedd’ only.
Over 30 celebrities have signed the letter, including rugby referee Nigel Owens, DJ Huw Stephens, poet Gwyneth Lewis, National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn, comedian Tudur Owen and musician Kizzy Crawford.
Last month a total of 43 AMs to 13 backed former First Minister Carwyn Jones’ changes to the Senedd and Elections Bill, which would change the name of the institution to both Senedd Cymru and Welsh Parliament.
A vote backing a Welsh-only name was defeated by 38 AMs, with 16 in support and one abstention.
The letter sent to all politicians in Parliament says:
“At one time in Wales’ history, there was a deliberate and specific effort though the law and by the authorities to erase the Welsh language from every part of public life – from our schools to our courts, from public administration to place names. There is now a broad consensus that Wales’ unique language is something to treasure and celebrate as an essential part of our future.
“The naming of our national legislature as the ‘Senedd’ is therefore significant as a statement of the Wales we want to see for generations to come. Giving this most important of national institutions a Welsh-only name sends an important message about the central and special status we wish to see for the language in the public life of the country. This is a chance to show that Welsh really does, as is so often said, belong to and include everyone, whatever their background.”
All the signatures
Michael Sheen, Actor; Gwyneth Lewis, Poet; Huw Stephens, Broadcaster; Gruffudd Owen, Children’s Poet Laureate for Wales 2019-21; Cian Ciaron, Musician; Rhys Mwyn, Musician and Broadcaster; Angharad Mair, Presenter; Ffion Dafis, Actor; Catrin Dafydd, Author; Tudur Owen, Comedian; Lleuwen Steffan, Musician; Aled Jones Williams, Playwright and author; Gwyneth Glyn, Musician; Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales; Kizzy Crawford, Musician; Dewi Pws Morris, Musician; Ani Saunders, Musician; Siw Hughes, Actress; Geraint Lovgreen, Musician; Bryn Fôn, Musician; Steve Eaves, Musician; Merched y Wawr; Baptist Union of Wales; Brian Jones, Vice Chair of CND Cymru; Dilwyn Roberts-Young, UCAC Secretary General; Lleucu Myrddin, President of Bangor’s Welsh Students’ Union; Jacob Morris, Cardiff University Welsh Language Officer; Tomos Ifan, President of UMCA; Sue Jones-Davies, Actress; Nigel Owens, Rugby Referee; Cerys Matthews, Musician and Broadcaster; Anthony Evans, Artist; Twm Morys, Musician.