Plaid makes advances in Ynys Môn

Leanne Wood Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has hailed her party’s excellent result in the Ynys Môn County Council (Anglesey)election with 12 Plaid Cymru councillors elected.

Leanne Wood said the results were not only testament to the hard work of local candidates and members but also reflected the desire of local people to consign the local authority’s chequered history to the past.

“This is an excellent result for Plaid Cymru,” said Leanne Wood, “winning 12 seats on the council and increasing our representation on the council is a definite sign that we are winning support up and down the country with our positive policies to boost the economy.

“I’ve said from the beginning of my leadership that the Welsh economy and job creation are the priorities. I hope that we will be able to implement this ethos on Ynys Môn now because it is something that was said to me by voters time and time again on the door steps.

“What is most important of all for Ynys Môn now is that political point-scoring is put to one side in the name of good governance and bringing to an end a difficult chapter in the history of the council.”

Newly-elected Councillor Bob Parry said:

“The interests of the people of Ynys Môn must be placed before all else. There is a lot of trust to be re-built between the local authority and the people of Ynys Môn and I know our excellent team on the island have the integrity, determination and work ethic to achieve this.

“At the beginning of this election campaign we urged voters to make ‘Anglesey/Môn proud again’ and that is what our councillors at the local authority will be focusing on over the next few years.”

12 comments on “Plaid makes advances in Ynys Môn

  1. Uncle Albert on said:

    Plaid:
    “The interests of the people of Ynys Môn must be placed before all else.” Result: 12 councillors elected.

    Trots:
    “The interests of the Party must be placed before all else.” Result: irrelevance.

  2. Llew on said:

    Big increase in vote share for Plaid, and a very small increase for Labour. UKIP not doing well compared to English councils (Anglesey not the right constituency for them) but getting 7% of the vote, more than the Tories and Lib Dems. Remember Anglesey is a 60% Welsh speaking county, but that it has been held by Labour and Tories in the past. We will hopefully now see a Plaid-Labour coalition similar to the arrangement in Gwynedd and Conwy. The only other point I’d make is that the Tories had claimed they could take “rural votes” off Plaid now that they had an effectively communist leader. The evidence suggests that the rural Plaid vote is holding up and in some places growing. The Tories have completely misread the nature of Plaid’s rural and semi-rural constituency.

  3. Robert P. williams on said:

    Uncle Albert:
    Plaid:
    “The interests of the people of Ynys Môn must be placed before all else.” Result: 12 councillors elected.

    Trots:
    “The interests of the Party must be placed before all else.” Result: irrelevance.

    I only really hear that sort of thing from Labour Supporters to be honest…. Just ask Andy, the man with ‘no red lines’.

  4. Vanya on said:

    It’s a great result and Robert just begs to be told, if the cap fits wear it.

  5. Robert P. williams on said:

    Vanya: It’s a great result

    Who is it a great result for exactly?
    Not ordinary working people who are losing their jobs and services and benefits.

    Plaid Cymru (welsh nationalists) are a very mixed bunch. Leanne is on the left, but you can’t say that for the rest of her party, with many more just as much on the right. What they say seems to depend on their audience.

    Plaid, Labour, ConDems, whatever… they try to be whatever they think will win the most votes while keeping the business community on side.

    I will support anyone who puts the right program forward. TUSC is a coalition of different groups around a program. It is not a single party, but is rooted in those sections of the trade union movement that are actually up for changing something.

    We oppose all cuts and put forward socialism as an alternative.

    http://www.tusc.org.uk/press030513a.php

  6. Robert P. williams on said:

    SA: Cedar Lounge

    Just had a look at the ‘discussion’… And I disagree, ‘Millies’ if you want to call us that don’t just regurgitate what Trotsky said at such and such a time.

    However, where what Trotsky said is still relevant then we will certainly not ignore it because of the time when it was said. And I think a lot of what Trotsky said IS relevant for today.

    It is the dialectical ‘method’ of Trotsky, Lenin, Marx, and others, that matters. That means we understand that material forces and real world events can change the situation and demand a change in perspective.
    That doesn’t mean we would idolize them and treat every word as gospel, to do that would be anti-dialectical.

    Also, we don’t say they never made mistakes. E.g., Trotsky’s ideas for South Africa would not be put forward today.

    The ‘Millies’ do change our positions… e.g. with regard to the Labour Party being a capitalist party… and as nothing is fixed, there is the (unlikely) possibility that that situation would change.

    But that change in perspective is based on analyzing the objective situation, and assessing what possibilities could develop from it… rather than basing our position on populism or adolescent name calling.

  7. Robert P. williams: The ‘Millies’ do change our positions… e.g. with regard to the Labour Party being a capitalist party… and as nothing is fixed, there is the (unlikely) possibility that that situation would change.

    Yes they booted you out and won’t let you back in.

    I was more taken by the accurate description of the m.o on the ground not least in the destruction of the ULA. No suprise mind you.

  8. Vanya on said:

    #9 Have you changed your position on the South Atlantic or do you still have the highly marxist dialectical position that there should be a socialist federation of Britain, Argentina and the islands?

    #7As for who it’s a great result for,I doubt a serious deiscussion is possible with people who abstained on the issue of whether Ken Livingstone or Boris Johnson should be mayor of London .

  9. Llew on said:

    Robert P. williams: Plaid Cymru (welsh nationalists) are a very mixed bunch. Leanne is on the left, but you can’t say that for the rest of her party, with many more just as much on the right. What they say seems to depend on their audience.

    That’s a very misleading comment. We are broad but I wouldn’t say “very mixed”. It’s a left-nationalist party. “Many more just as much on the right”- no. In Plaid Cymru right-wing means social democratic or traditional Welsh liberal type people. It’s probably relatively the same breadth as Labour’s church. I suppose you prefer politics that can be put into a nice, narrow box.

    Robert P. williams: I will support anyone who puts the right program forward. TUSC is a coalition of different groups around a program. It is not a single party, but is rooted in those sections of the trade union movement that are actually up for changing something.
    We oppose all cuts and put forward socialism as an alternative.

    Or rather, you support what you are convinced is the “right” program but that nobody on the ground or in communities actually believes in or finds realistic. TUSC would never appeal to Welsh-speaking rural areas but you’ve actually got less appeal than Plaid Cymru even in Cardiff, Wrexham, Swansea and the urban areas. TUSC isn’t seen as credible. To me it sounds like obviously good people talking to each other, and talking to themselves, rather than thinking about how to build communities.