One of Wales’ most prominent journalists has been appointed as Plaid Cymru’s Director of Political Strategy and External Relations.
Newyddion 9 Chief Correspondent Aled ap Dafydd had spent more than two decades with the BBC, starting as a sports reporter and later becoming a political reporter.
Plaid Cymru announced that Aled ap Dafydd will work with Plaid Cymru’s elected members, the National Executive Committee, and existing staff team to come up with a political strategy for the 2021 National Assembly election.
Aled ap Dafydd is not the first BBC correspondent to make a surprise move into politics. Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth made a similar switch in 2013 to stand in the Ynys Môn by-election.
“I am extremely happy to welcome Aled to the Plaid Cymru team. He will be a fantastic addition to our staff team, which is already doing some brilliant work,” Plaid Cymru chair Alun Ffred Jones said.
“He brings with him decades of experience that will be invaluable to us as we continue to share our positive message with people across Wales.
“Plaid Cymru is on the up and we are well on track to forming the next government. Aled will play a key role in shaping our political strategy and messages ahead of the election.
“I look forward very much to welcoming him to the team after the summer.”
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM added that he was “extremely happy” to see Aled ap Dafydd join them “in this crucial, new role”.
“Plaid Cymru is going from strength to strength: from becoming the lead party of Remain in the European elections to the leadership we have shown in working across party lines to beat Brexit.
“Aled comes to us with over 20 years of experience at the BBC. He will have an important contribution to make in delivering our work and keeping up the momentum so that Plaid Cymru forms the next government, which our nation desperately needs.”