Rhun Ap Iorwerth AM is a former BBC journalist who represents Ynys Mon in the Welsh Assembly. He is one of three candidates in the current Plaid Cymru Leadership contest, alongside Adam Price and Leanne Wood.
Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales – is at a crucial stage, as members choose their Leader in the context of growing discussions of Welsh independence, and the obvious concerns that many have about life in Wales after Brexit.
I reached out to the three candidates to see whether any would like to provide details about their campaign, to coincide with the launch of Shwmae.Wales.
Rhun kindly responded with the following, mapping out his vision for the Party, and for Wales.
Ymlaen by Rhun Ap Iorwerth
This election is about choosing not only a leader for Plaid Cymru, but a leader for Wales – a First Minister that can build support from across Wales for a bold Plaid Cymru vision.
We need a leadership to unite Wales behind that vision. I was born in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and brought up in Meirionnydd and Anglesey. I lived and worked as a journalist and broadcaster in Cardiff, as well as in London, and through those years I always knew that only Plaid Cymru can offer a truly ambitious new future for our country.
It’s time for Plaid Cymru to lead the nation to the next chapter in our history, and with your support, I can communicate a new exciting message to inspire people who have not yet proved ready to support us. I have already done that on Anglesey, where we have the largest majority for any party in any Assembly constituency. I look forward to building on that nationally.
I will bring ideas to the table – to explain to voters exactly what we can achieve through independence, and as First Minister, to launch the first ever Government-led study of the real opportunities and challenges on the road to an independent Wales; to prepare Wales for the future through investment in infrastructure; to introduce a ‘Young Wales Plan’ to put the wellbeing of our young people at the heart of all government decisions; to invest in the Welsh language; to create economic prosperity and support indigenous businesses; to strengthen health and education services and to demand a vote on the deal (if there is one) on leaving the European Union.
But there is no point in having a vision or ideas unless we can communicate them effectively to the widest possible audience in all parts of the country. Let me offer leadership as we all roll up our sleeves ready for that exciting task!
-Rhun Ap Iorwerth