Mum of teenage stats whiz hits back at criticism for attending Senedd opening
The mum of a teenage stats whiz has hit back at criticism for attending the official opening of the sixth Senedd term.
Donna Warburton and her son Lloyd Warburton were invited to the event by the Llywydd Elin Jones, who is also their local Senedd member.
According to Donna, her and Lloyd, who both support Welsh independence, have been accused of not being “nash enough any more” because they attended the opening of the Welsh Parliament. The sixth Senedd was opened by the Queen, and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were also there.
Lloyd was invited to the event because of his award-winning work to keep Wales updated with the latest Covid-19 trends through much of the pandemic .
In response to the criticism Donna fired back, saying: “How dare we attend our Parliament on invitation by our own MS”.
While he was at the opening Lloyd met NHS Wales Chief Executive Dr. Andrew Goodall as well as Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price.
2 leaders and a future leader.
Great to catch up with @LloydCymru during the official opening of the 6th Senedd today, which was masterfully led by the Queen of the Senedd @yLlywydd @ElinCeredigion 🏴👑 pic.twitter.com/idsPLYDHbd
— Adam Price 🏴🏳️🌈 (@Adamprice) October 14, 2021
Donna said: “Apparently we’re not ‘nash’ enough any more. How dare we attend our Parliament on invitation by our own MS.”
Social media expert Owen Williams said: “You were attending the opening of the only Parliament we have. In what way is that *not* ‘Nash’?!”
Donna replied: “Thanks Owen. That’s how I saw it. It’s our parliament, the royals are the outsiders, not us.”
Ifan Huw Dafydd said: “You were not there because of the other guests that happened to attend. You, Lloyd especially, were there because he was being honoured by his nation for the excellent work he did during the pandemic. Period. Any other interpretation is childish and disingenuous. Diolch Lloyd.
Lloyd has recently revealed his intention to stand for the Welsh Youth Parliament.
The election will take from 1 to 22 November and those age 11 to 18 can register now to vote. Voters must register by 29 October.
The Welsh Youth Parliament was set up in 2018 to provide young people with a voice in Welsh politics. Forty members are elected in an electronic election using the Senedd constituencies and twenty further members were chosen by partner organisations.
All sixty members of the Parliament meet at the Senedd building in Cardiff, over a total of three occasions, during their two-year term. They then make recommendations to the Welsh Parliament itself.
“I am delighted to announce that I am standing to be Ceredigion’s next representative in the Welsh Youth Parliament,” Lloyd Warburton said on Twitter, and called for young people to register to vote for him.