Plaid Cymru move annual conference online due to coronavirus

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price. Picture by Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru’s 2020 Annual Conference will be held digitally this year due to the Covid crisis, the party has confirmed.

Plaid Cymru’s National Executive Committee has also decided that Policy Motions will be deferred to the National Council in November, and elections to the NEC to the 2021 Annual Conference.

The original conference dates of 2 and 3 October will be kept, with activity throughout the week in the run up to the digital conference itself.

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have also called off their autumn conferences and will hold them as online events.

Plaid Cymru said that their conference would be “packed full of speeches, discussions, fringe sessions, and social events” with a full programme published soon.

“We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be holding our Annual Conference digitally this year,” a spokesperson said.

“Whilst we’re all disappointed we won’t be able to meet in person, we’re delighted that whatever the situation with Covid-19, we will be able to come together online instead.”

 

‘Integrity’

The spokesperson said that they were “innovating, we’re doing something a little different, and we’re adapting to the challenges still presented by Covid-19.

“Members, supporters and anyone who’s interested in what the party has to offer can look forward to an exciting conference event packed full of speeches, discussions, fringe sessions, and of course social events.

“With less than a year to go until the Senedd elections,  this year’s conference will be the best yet and will show that Plaid Cymru, under the leadership of Adam Price, is ready for Government and ready to implement the change that we so desperately need to see in Wales.”

In a separate message to those on their email list, the party also noted that internal elections were on hold until after next year’s Senedd elections “to guarantee the integrity of our processes, and to facilitate the most engaging digital Annual Conference possible”.

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