Surge in YesCymru membership as campaign group prepares for annual meeting
2019 saw a big surge in membership of YesCymru, as well as increased support for independence, the chairman of YesCymru has said before their annual general meeting.
YesCymru’s AGM will be held on Saturday, 25 January 2020 at Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil.
The group’s Chairman Siôn Jobbins said that their membership had more than trebled since the last AGM in 2019, to around 2,500 members.
After marches last year in Cardiff, Caernarfon and Merthyr Tydfil last year, All Under One Banner Cymru marches have been lined up this year in Wrexham on 18 April, Tredegar on 6 June and Swansea on 5 September.
“Thousands took to the streets in 2019 to declare their wish to see an independent Wales at AUOB Cymru marches – something that has never happened before,” Siôn Jobbins said.
“And discussing independence for Wales is now becoming an everyday and natural part of life and conversation for the people of Wales.
“Former Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, spoke at one of YesCymru’s public meetings at the National Eisteddfod, and a September 2019 YouGov poll showed that between 32% and 41% would vote for independence in a referendum depending on the question.”
Both figures are with ‘don’t know’ and ‘wouldn’t vote’ removed, but represented a significant increase on support for independence in previous polling.
“The number of YesCymru members has trebled since the last general meeting to around 2,500, and new groups have been set up all over Wales and are busy spreading the positive message of independence,” Siôn Jobbins said.
“There has also been tremendous growth on social media, with our Twitter followers doubling, from 10 thousand to 20 thousand, in a year. ”
Following the AGM at Merthyr Tydfil a number of speakers will take part in a ‘YesCymru Talks’ sessions in the afternoon.
- David Buttress (The business and entrepreneurial opportunity for independence)
- Angharad Mair (Media)
- Carolyn Hitt (Rugby and Independence)
- Mark Evans (Football and Independence)
- Mark Hooper (Banc Cambria)
“The fact that we have been fortunate enough to attract eloquent speakers of substance like David Buttress, Carolyn Hitt, Angharad Mair, Mark Hooper and Mark Evans to the YesCymru AGM in Merthyr on 25 January is testament to the change among the people of Wales,” Siôn Jobbins said.
“Three further marches have already been organised in conjunction with AUOB Cymru for 2020, in Wrexham, Tredegar and Swansea, and we are very confident that the campaign will continue to go from strength to strength in 2020.”