Elfyn Llwyd backs Rhun ap Iorwerth in Plaid Leadership contest

Plaid Cymru’s former MP and leader in Westminster has pledged his support for Rhun ap Iorwerth to become the party’s next leader.

Elfyn Llwyd served as a Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament between 1992 and 2015, and was the party’s Westminster parliamentary group leader for 17 years.

Outlining his reasons for supporting Rhun, he said:

“Whilst accepting that the three candidates are worthy, I believe that Rhun is a credible candidate to be First Minister, and the right person to ensure that Plaid Cymru moves forward and succeeds in the next election.

Having had the pleasure of campaigning with Rhun over the years, I cannot emphasise his connection on the doorstep – he’s great with people and is a good listener – and has the essential qualities to unite and mobilise our membership.

Undoubtedly, Rhun’s appeal is equally as strong in the South Wales Valleys as it is in North and Mid Wales. He also understands the great challenges that face our rural communities over the coming years, whilst also aware of the challenges facing our urban areas, having spent most of his working life based in Cardiff, as well as in London.

I believe that changes need to happen within the party ahead of the next election, and Rhun is in an excellent position to take the party forward, and lead the talented team of AMs that we have in the Senedd.

Plaid Cymru needs a new leader, and Wales needs Rhun.”