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Plaid Cymru election boards vandalised in tight Cardiff marginal

05 May 2021 2 minutes Read
Vandalised Plaid Cymru election boards

Several of Plaid Cymru’s election boards have been vandalised in a tight marginal constituency.

According to Plaid Cymru Cardiff West, this is the third time their boards in the Radyr area of the city have been destroyed.

The destruction of the boards has been described as “shocking” and “lousy” after images of them were shared online by the party.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford is defending a Labour majority of fewer than 1,000 votes from a challenge from Plaid Cymru’s candidate Rhys ab Owen.

Neil McEvoy, whose party Propel is currently polling at 1% nationally according to a recent opinion poll, is also battling to take the seat from Labour.

In response to the election boards being vandalised, Plaid Cymru Cardiff West said: “So, for a third time our election boards in Radyr have been destroyed. Clearly someone’s worried about @RhysOwenThomas in Cardiff West”.

‘Shocking’ 

Dan Lawrence said: “I saw this on my drive to work this morning. Shocking the lengths some people will go to.”

Tegid Roberts said: “Someone has gone to quite a bit of trouble to do this. Very lousy behaviour.”

Neil McEvoy was Plaid Cymru’s candidate in 2016 and came within fewer than 1,000 votes of overturning Labour in the constituency.

The seat has been represented by two First Ministers – Drakeford and his predecessor, Rhodri Morgan.

Despite missing out on the constituency seat Neil McEvoy was elected on the South Wales Central regional list for Plaid Cymru, before being suspended soon after and setting up his own party in 2020.

That has turned the seat into a three-way contest, between Labour, Plaid Cymru and Propel, who are all vying for victory on Thursday.

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