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Welsh Lib Dems leader ‘disappointed’ at Senedd tributes to Adam Price

19 May 2023 3 minute read
Jane Dodds. Photo Welsh Liberal Democrats. Picture by Huw John

The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats says she’s “disappointed” that no group leader in the Senedd acknowledged the damning report into Plaid Cymru’s culture as Adam Price addressed members on Tuesday.

Mr Price, who led Plaid Cymru since 2018, made his final appearance in the Senedd as leader on Tuesday, and bid farewell in an eight minute speech that made no reference to allegations of bullying, harassment and misogyny within the party.

First Minister Mark Drakeford and Senedd Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies both paid tribute to Mr Price, but made no reference to the Prosiect Pawb report on Plaid Cymru.

Speaking on S4C’s Y Byd yn ei Le programme Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said “I expect more to be honest. I expect more men to defend women in politics.

“It’s a problem in every party, but it’s a responsibility on each and every one of us, especially men, to speak out against the things that happen to people like me. That’s why it was disappointing that Adam Price didn’t discuss it, nor Mark Drakeford nor Andrew RT Davies – not one of them. I expect more to be honest, I expect more men to defend women in politics.”

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Welsh Labour MS Alun Davies also told the programme he found it “odd” that Adam Price MS hadn’t mentioned the report at all.

“He didn’t say anything about it and that is odd that he did that. But he did speak well and he did – I think – look forward to the future, his future as an individual more than the future of the party.”

But the interim leader for Plaid Cymru, Llyr Gruffydd MS, defended his predecessor saying Mr Price had apologised previously, to the media and to the party’s ruling body.

“Adam has spoken about what has happened. He spoke eloquently to the National Council about many of these issues.”

Asked how those who have experienced a toxic culture within Plaid Cymru would feel after hearing Price’s speech, Mr Gruffydd said he was “not going to answer on behalf of anyone else, just that I’m comfortable about what happened on Tuesday.”

The Y Byd yn ei Le programme is available to watch on BBC iPlayer and S4C/Clic.


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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 months ago

Ah, the Lib Dems. Remember them!!

Paul
Paul
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

That’s it take the mick out of the Lib Dems, totally ignoring the problems that led to your leader’s resignation.

boris
boris
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

In 3 years time we probably will be saying ” Ah Plaid Cymru Remember them” also

Cymraes65
Cymraes65
9 months ago
Reply to  boris

In 18 months time we’ll be saying ‘ah remember the tories’

Richard
Richard
9 months ago
Reply to  boris

In 18 months time 🕰️
Boris who ❓

adopted cardi
adopted cardi
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Student fees – unforgettable- unforgivable.

Will Jones
Will Jones
9 months ago

I have never heard of this woman.

Arthur Owen
Arthur Owen
9 months ago
Reply to  Will Jones

Why inform the nation of your ignorance

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
9 months ago

Ten years ago (or so) the Liberal democrats had the same problem with their chief executive – he had to resign. The party then had to take action to become more inclusive with a much improved and effective complaints procedure.
I trust that Plaid Cymru would follow a similar solution.

Both of our parties must promote liberal solutions as the future of Wales depends on us getting this right.

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
9 months ago

(yawn)

Richard
Richard
9 months ago

Lib Dem -Disappointed is the word ✅

Student Tuition Fees ❌
Failure to bring in PR ❌
No Wales agenda ❌

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