Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price won’t resign following election disappointment
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has said he won’t resign following a disappointing Senedd election campaign.
He said his party had “laid foundations for the future” and that his “job is to lead” and “not to give up at a set back”.
His party won 13 seats, one more than the election in 2016, but was beaten back by Labour in many of its target constituencies.
It has also slipped into third place in the Senedd, behind the Conservatives, which achieved its best ever result with 16 MSs.
Plaid’s former leader Leanne Wood also lost her seat in the Rhondda to Labour.
But Price insisted his party’s message of “hope and change” was the right one, and said that people did respond to it.
He told ITV Wales: “My job is to lead, its not to give up at a set back or disappointment. My job is to sustain the hope – all those young people who voted for Plaid because they were inspired by our message of the potential we believe is there in Wales to deliver a decent society for our people.
“I firmly believe that we have sown a lot of seed at this election. A lot of young people in particular who did come with us this time has laid the foundations for the future which I think will set us up for growth in the years to come.”
He continued: “I’m not in politics for Plaid Cymru, I’m in politics because I want to change the lives of the people of Wales and unfortunately we’re not going to be able to do that to the extent we would have liked.
“That’s a disappointment but what do you do? You carry on because the vision we set out is still the right one. We shouldn’t accept that this is as good as it gets.
“We need radical transformational change and my job, and our parties job, is to carry on with that message of hope and change that many people did respond to.”