Plaid Shadow Cabinet holds public meeting in Aberystwyth

TUESDAY saw the Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet hold their first open meeting in mid Wales, at the Belle Vue Hotel in Aberystwyth.

The open meeting, which was part of a series of public events designed to engage with the public to develop ideas for Wales’s future, was attended by nearly 100 people, including students and Students’ Union representatives.

Students’ Union President Jacob Dafydd Ellis said; “As Aberystwyth is entering 3 years of elections  it is important that students enter the political spheres and contest different ideas and policies. The evening allowed us to ask Plaid Cymru on some student related issues such as the FCF and the Diamond Review. There will be plenty of opportunity for us to ask similar questions to the other political parties over the next year as well and we encourage all of our members to do the same”.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet + Ceredigion MP candidate Mike Parker

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet + Ceredigion MP candidate Mike Parker

The five Assembly Members who are part of the Shadow Cabinet, leader Leanne Wood, Ceredigion’s Elin Jones, Simon Thomas, Llyr Huws Gruffydd and Rhun ap Iorwerth, answered questions on their policy portfolios and outlined a number of ideas to improve Welsh public services.

Many of the students present quizzed the Shadow Education Minister, Simon Thomas, on a number of issues including the role of young people in the democratic process.

Simon Thomas AM said: “As the Party of Wales we want to ensure that all people including young people are included in our democracy if they live in Wales. We campaign for votes at 16 in the National Assembly for Wales and at Westminster. We want to unite Welsh society not divide the nation. Plaid Cymru still adheres to the principle of free tuition at undergraduate level. We believe that this can, and should be, an investment for all for the future of our nation”.

Ceredigion’s local AM Elin Jones added: “I was delighted to welcome the Shadow Cabinet to Aberystwyth. We had a very lively and informed discussion, which forms part of how Plaid wants to listen to the people of Wales.”