Electoral Commission Fines Plaid Cymru £30,000

18 Feb

Details of investigations carried out last month by the Electoral Commission have been released, showing that Plaid Cymru has been fined a whopping £29,268 in nine separate penalties for failure to deliver accurate filings. Oops. Losing candidates Sarah Wollaston and Labour’s Ashley Dalton have narrowly escaped investigation and sanction after “voluntary forfeiture of donations” that they […]

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Election Battlegrounds 10) Wales

4 Dec

Where the Tories have rallied in Scotland, Labour appear to have done so here. There is a broad range of possible Conservative targets, but only a few anticipated gains.

What the 2019 Plaid Cymru manifesto says about Brexit

27 Nov

The Plaid Cymru General Election 2019 manifesto, ‘Wales, it’s us.’ has been published, and the key message on Brexit is: “Plaid Cymru has long campaigned for a People’s Vote to end the Brexit crisis, to safeguard Wales’s place in Europe and the thousands of jobs that depend upon our EU membership.” Regarding Boris Johnson’s deal, […]

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Plaid’s Taffy Jihadi Blamed Lord Ashcroft for London Terror Attack

18 Nov

The Plaid Cymru activist who starred in their party political broadcast and is at the centre of a storm over anti-Semitism and extremist views has apologised and declared she has undertaken “anti-Semitism training” after her social media posts of hers surfaced that Sahar Al-Faifi admits “crossed the boundary of criticism of Israel into anti-Semitism.” Al-Faifi […]

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What difference are the Unite to Remain and Brexit Party pacts likely to make?

18 Nov

The Unite to Remain alliance means the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens are trying to pool their votes to ensure a Remain-backing candidate is elected. But the Brexit Party’s decision to stand down their candidates in Tory-held seats makes this tougher. Heinz Brandenburg (University of Strathclyde) concludes that the overall effect of these pacts will be minimal. Now […]

The Welsh people are backing Boris all the way in his quest to get Brexit over the line

16 Oct

Welsh politics often struggles to break through into the consciousness of a Westminster-dominated media but Tuesday was an exception as Boris Johnson and the Conservatives topped the latest YouGov poll in Wales. As someone who has been through an election or two, I always try to hit a cautionary note when it comes to such […]

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How Brexit reinvigorated the Welsh independence movement

27 Sep

A growing number of Welsh citizens now favour an independent Wales, thanks partly to Plaid Cymru’s decision to position itself as a Remain party. Jac Larner (Cardiff University) looks at how Welsh Labour has begun to question the country’s future as part of the UK, and discusses geographer Danny Dorling’s argument that English retirees living in Wales tipped the 2016 […]