Welsh Tory MP backs independence freedom fighter Owain Glyndŵr
A Welsh Tory MP has surprised social media followers by backing the commemoration of a medieval Welsh leader who instigated a fierce and long-running war of independence against the English crown.
Today is Glyndŵr Day, celebrated by some Welsh independence supporters as the anniversary of Owain Glyndŵr beginning his revolt against the rule of Henry IV.
Wrexham MP Sarah Atherton posted a message on social media saying “Happy Owain Glyndŵr Day! Diwrnod Glyndwr Hapus!” with a picture of Owain Glyndŵr riding into battle.
🏴 Happy Owain Glyndŵr Day!
🏴 Diwrnod Glyndwr Hapus! pic.twitter.com/zrA1KcFIuD
— Sarah Atherton MP (@AthertonNWales) September 16, 2021
Sarah Atherton has not formally made her views known on Welsh independence, but celebrated the pro-independence Plaid Cymru’s lack of progress in the Senedd election on the basis that “it was also a good night for pro-Union parties and the Union itself, with Plaid failing to make the inroads they hoped for”.
Her Owain Glyndŵr post was met with a bemused response by some social media followers, with Jack Bailey replying: “How you can then have the gall to post this is baffling.”
Former North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Plaid Cymru’s Arfon Jones, posted in response: “A raging Unionist has gone native! Don’t believe a word of it, the Welsh Conservatives are enemies of Wales.”
On being crowned Prince of Wales in 1404 in Machynlleth, Owain Glyndŵr declared his vision of an independent Welsh state with a parliament, a separate Welsh church, and two universities.
However, from 1405 the rebellion began to be pushed back and Owain Glyndŵr disappeared after 1412.