YesCymru co-founder withdraws as candidate for committee election
A co-founder of YesCymru has withdrawn as a candidate for the organisation’s Central Committee.
Iestyn ap Rhobert, who was the first Chair of the grassroots pro-independence group says he will step down from the committee at the upcoming AGM.
He was set to face Shane Brennan for the post of Secretary at the election for the group’s ruling body. The AGM is due be held online at 10am on Saturday 22 May.
The former Chair said his withdrawal was an opportunity to concentrate on “developing complimentary projects on behalf of the indy movement”.
Since its founding YesCymru has grown to over 18,000 members and support for independence has polled at an all-time high of 39%.
Iestyn ap Rhobert said: “Since co-founding YesCymru in 2014 and having had the honour of serving as the organisation’s first chairperson from 2016-18.
“I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for the 2021-22 Central Committee, therefore, I will step down from the Central Committee at this year’s AGM.
“The last seven years has brought me great satisfaction knowing Wales voice for independence is the strongest it has ever been in modern times.”
He added: “I would like to express my heartfelt ‘diolch’ to all of our members and supporters. It has been a great privilege to have worked alongside you and to have earned your trust.
“It has also been a privilege to meet so many exceptional people in YesCymru; people I respect and hold dear.
“As we enter a new phase, I wish the YesCymru Central Committee ‘pob lwc’. It is very important for us to keep in mind that YesCymru is made up of volunteers who work diligently and passionately for independence.
“I encourage goodwill, respect, tolerance and cooperation amongst all members for the mutual benefit and advancement of our goal – a free and independent nation. Gorau chwarae cyd chwarae.
“I will continue to be a proud member of YesCymru knowing that the organisation at present is in good health.
“This provides me with the opportunity to immediately embark and concentrate my time on developing complimentary projects on behalf of the indy movement, with the goal to advance the cause of Welsh independence even further.
“With sincerity and humility, I hope I can count on your support. Diolch o galon i chi oll.”