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One Wales 2.0? Labour and Plaid Cymru voters favour coalition with each other, poll shows

29 Apr 2021 2 minute read
Coalition partners? Adam Price (left) and Mark Drakeford (right) clash in the Senedd

A Labour and Plaid Cymru coalition would be the favoured option of both parties’ supporters if a deal had to be struck, a new YouGov poll has shown.

65% of Labour voters would be happy with a coalition deal with Plaid Cymru compared to only 52% who would be happy with a coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats. 97% would be happy with a Labour majority.

Among Plaid Cymru supporters, 78% would be happy with a coalition deal with Labour, compared with only 41% who would be happy to see Labour form a government alone and 26% who would be happy to see another Labour-Lib Dem Coalition.

Over the last term Labour have led a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition, with education minister Kirsty Williams the sole Lib Dem Senedd member, and former Plaid Cymru MS Dafydd Elis-Thomas also a Cabinet member.

A previous Labour and Plaid Cymru coalition – dubbed the One Wales agreement – was agreed to by then Labour leader and First Minister Rhodri Morgan, First Minister of Wales, and Ieuan Wyn Jones, leader of Plaid Cymru, who became Deputy First Minister, in 2007 and ran until the 2011 Senedd election.

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