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Phillips leaves Plaid in turmoil; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: PAUL STARLING

ANOTHER senior Plaid Cymru politician is to quit the party.

Marc Phillips is to leave their national executive to take up a job with BBC Wales.

He becomes the fifth high-ranking party member to jump ship.

Mr Phillips joins former president Dafydd Wigley, policy director Cynog Dafis, economics spokesman Phil Williams, and chief executive Karl Davies.

It is another body blow for leader Ieuan Wyn Jones. Mr Phillips denied he would have any political influence within BBC Wales.

"It was raised by BBC Wales during the interview and discussed at some length. I made it clear that I was withdrawing from Plaid Cymru and politics.

"I will not be in any position to influence BBC Wales policy, or politics," he claimed.

Top Welsh Labour figure Don Touhig last night said: "Plaid Cymru is disintegrating."

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QUIT: Phillips; BLOW: Wyn Jones
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