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Party's ex-leader attracts support.

PLAID CYMRU parliamentary leader Elfyn Llwyd MP wants members to back Ieuan Wyn Jones's bid to become leader of the party's group in the National Assembly.

This follows the unanimous endorsement given to Mr Jones by the Meirionnydd Nant Conwy constituency committee at which both Mr. Llwyd and local AM Lord Elis-Thomas were present.

Mr Llwyd said, 'I am urging party members to support Ieuan Wyn Jones and to give him a clear victory in the forthcoming election for the leadership of the party's group in the National Assembly.

'Such a victory for Ieuan is vital for our future as a serious political party. He is the best person to undertake the leadership role in the Assembly by virtue of his ability and experience.

'I worked closely with Ieuan for nine years in Westminster and saw his political skills at first hand. The Assembly group desperately needs those skills at this time, particularly as we need to consolidate our current position as the main opposition party in the Assembly.

..TEXT: Ieuan is the right person to lead the battle to turn the Assembly into a real Parliament for Wales. Rhodri Morgan and Labour in Wales don't have the political will to do it, and Plaid Cymru must have an experienced person at the helm to drive it forward.'

Another leadership contender, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, said the group needed a more oppositionist role.

New Labour's 'conservative agenda' was damaging Wales, and the failure of the Government to make any impact since the Assembly was set up was damaging the credibility of the devolution process, he said.
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Date:Aug 29, 2003
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