Price aims broadside at corruption and incompetence at Westminster
Richard Youle, local democracy reporter
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price blasted Westminster for “corruption, incompetence and elitism” after romping to victory in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr yesterday.
On a disappointing night for the party, which saw former leader Leanne Wood defeated in Rhondda, Mr Price defended his Senedd seat, winning with over 49% of the vote.
The seat has been won by Plaid since 1999, with incumbent and former MP Mr Price serving since 2016 and, before that, Rhodri Glyn Thomas represented the constituency in the Assembly.
In a rousing victory speech, Mr Price said he had never felt as positive as he did now for the future of Wales.
Wales, he said, was on the move and on the march, judging by conversations he had had with voters. There was, he said, a rising self-confidence.
But he also reflected on persistent inequality and poverty.
“The answers won’t come from Westminster,” said Mr Price.
He claimed there was “corruption, incompetence and elitism” in Westminster.
“We will never be a priority for them.”
He added: “There is nothing inevitable about the problems we face as a nation. We have got to take the future into our own hands – that was the positive message at the heart of our campaign.
“My message to 16 and 17-year-olds is, don’t give up hope.
“We made progress in this election. Why? Because we made independence the main question.”
Before Thursday’s election, Carmarthen-born Mr Price said he would focus on getting broadband speeds, better access to housing, better transport links by road and rail, and council tax reform.
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr result…
Adam Price (Plaid Cymru) 15,261
Rob James (Labour) 8,448
Havard Hughes (Conservative) 7,751
Monica French (Lib-Dem) 975
Karl Pollard (Reform UK) 818