Plaid Cymru conference votes in favour of co-operation agreement with Welsh Government
Plaid Cymru members have overwhelmingly approved the Co-Operation Agreement with the Labour Welsh Government, with 94% voting in favour.
The party’s members had been given the opportunity to vote on the deal today during a special session of the party’s virtual annual conference.
Party leader Adam Price called it a “huge step forward” for Wales and its democracy.
Adam Price, alongside First Minister Mark Drakeford, unveiled the Co-operation Agreement on Monday after it was endorsed by the Plaid Cymru and Labour executive committees last week. However, it required ratification by Plaid Cymru members to pass the final hurdle.
“This is a huge step forward for Wales and our democracy,” Adam Price said. “The co-operation Agreement will bring immediate, tangible and long-term benefit for the people of Wales.
“All primary school children will now receive free school meals; there will be free childcare for all two-year-olds; and radical action to tackle the housing crisis.
“There will be stability payments to support family farms; exploration of an accelerated pathway to net zero by 2035; the creation of Ynni Cymru – a company to expand community-owned renewable energy generation; and a new and reformed Senedd – bigger, more diverse, and gender balanced in law.
“From feeding our children to caring for our elderly, this is a nation-building Programme for Government which will change the lives of thousands of people the length and breadth of our country for the better.
“And none of it would be happening without Plaid Cymru.”
Having been ratified by Plaid Cymru members, the co-operation Agreement will come into effect upon signing by the First Minister and the Leader of Plaid Cymru.
The by the First Minister and Leader of Plaid Cymru outlines a three-year cooperation agreement that includes action on free school meals for all, strengthening the Welsh media, a north-south railway, the teaching of Welsh history, second homes, and a larger Senedd.
The two partners – the Welsh Government and the Plaid Cymru Senedd Group – will work together to jointly develop and oversee the delivery of the policies covered by the agreement, they said.
The First Minister Mark Drakeford said that this would be in addition to the Welsh Government’s own “ambitious Programme for Government”.
“But we do not have a monopoly on good ideas and we will work with progressive parties where we have shared and common interests to benefit people in Wales,” he said.”
Plaid Cymru will appoint a designated lead member for the agreement and committees made up of Welsh Ministers and Plaid Cymru designated members will be established to reach agreement on issues covered by the Co-operation Agreement.
Speaking after the vote Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS added: “Almost a quarter of a century ago, people in Wales voted for self-government for Wales, with a promise of a new type of politics. They placed their trust in a new democracy with an instruction to work differently – inclusively and co-operatively.
“In the face of the pandemic and a hostile Conservative government in Westminster – a government determined to do everything it can to undermine our long-contested national institutions – it is in our nation’s interests for the two parties to work together for Wales.
“I am therefore pleased this pioneering Co-operation Agreement is founded on common ground on a range of issues that will make a long-lasting difference to people’s lives. And I cannot wait to get to work, for the people of Wales.”
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Best move forward on the agemda /programme involving and engaging civic and civil society through a big tent approach.
Communication needs to be clear, open and honest
Around 80 per cent of our nation will be willing most of the agenda well and they will look towards steady progress and achievable outcomes that effect their lives.
Even better if the other parties joined too, to rid Cymru of the Tory menace.
Now if we can just get Drakeford and the other senior Welsh Labour figures to drop their emotional attachment to the UK …
Sad that this magnanimous act by the leadership of both parties has been spoiled by the tribal crowing. Why did so many politicians on each side find it so difficult to pay tribute to the contributions of their counterparts?