A Nation for our Youth

As students in Wales receive their GCSE results today, Rhun ap Iorwerth has outlined some of his plans to support young people

On exam results day, Plaid Cymru Leadership Candidate Rhun ap Iorwerth has congratulated Welsh students on their success and has outlined his ‘Young Wales Plan’ that would put youth welfare at the heart of Government decision-making.

Speaking on results day for GCSE and other exams, Rhun ap Iorwerth said:

“Congratulations to those who received their GCSE and other exam results today after all their perseverance and thank you to the teachers and school staff for their support and hard work with the students. I wish them all the best as they make decisions about their future.

“Giving young people the opportunity to reach their potential is something that’s very important to me. I strongly believe in the ability to give educators freedom to raise and realise the aspirations of Wales’ young citizens.

“And I want to put youth welfare at the heart of everything in Government. That is why, as part of my leadership campaign, I have published my intention to create a new comprehensive ‘Young Wales Plan’ to support young people.

“The Plan will include steps to promote and look after physical and mental health through education and leisure, and will give our young people a real chance to set the agenda, including through our new Youth Parliament in Wales. I would establish a new ‘Young Wales’ information and citizenship service, learning from the ‘Young Scot’ scheme in Scotland.

“I want our young people to be excited about growing up in Wales, and feel that they have the best possible support to reach their potential, academically, at work, in health and socially.

“And the intention of my ‘Bring your Skills Home’ strategy would be to try and give every opportunity to those who have left for education and training to come back home and contribute to Wales’ future.”

Plaid Cymru’s youngest MP, Ben Lake, has given his support to Rhun in the Leadership race. He said:

“Rhun has outlined an exciting vision, and of particular importance is the prominence he gives to the future of younger generations. I am in no doubt that Rhun has the passion and ability to inspire the widespread support necessary to realise such a future. I am pleased to support his candidature for leader of Plaid Cymru.”

Welcome consultation to lower voting age to 16

Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth has welcomed the decision to consult on giving young people from the age of 16 the right to vote in local elections. It is part of a Welsh Government consultation document that includes many changes to the current electorate system such.
Anglesey AM Rhun ap Iorwerth stated:
“I am a strong believer in lowering the voting age to 16, and it is something that Plaid Cymru has campaigned for for years. It is important that young people see that there is a place for them in Welsh democracy. By lowering the voting age, we’re opening the door of democracy wider to a new generation of voters. I hope that young people will take advantage of the opportunity to be able to vote to change things in the political world.”
Elin Lloyd Griffiths, a 17 year old student at Ysgol David Hughes who is currently on work experience with Rhun added:
“I am very happy to see that the Government will consider lowering the voting age to 16 years old in local elections. As a 17 year old myself, it has been very frustrating not being able to use my vote due to my age especially as politics has been evolving and changing rapidly in the past year in particular. However, the fact that the Welsh Government is aware of the young person’s voice is extremely significant, and I hope that this will only be the beginning of the journey to ensure that the young person’s voice is heard loud and clear.”