Can’t stand the heat?

Leader 01.07.2014

Another letter in the Leader today taking offence at our campaigning. My response below. If you’d also like to reply, send them to

Dear Editor

I’d like to take this opportunity to respond to Mr Stephen Moore’s letter in your paper today.

I’m afraid that he’ll have to wait until the Autumn for Plaid Cymru to announce their candidate for Clwyd South. It’s nice that he, and now through his letter to this paper others as well, are taking such an interest. Plaid Cymru will make sure that Mr Moore and readers of The Leader are amongst the first to hear the announcement.

It’s also nice of Mr Moore to take such an interest in the campaigning that I and Plaid Cymru do side-by-side with our communities. As someone who lives in the same constituency as Mr Moore I’m sure that he’d welcome seeing a political party stand up for the people of this area for once, instead of standing up for self-interested bankers and oligarchs in the City of London, which is what we’ve sadly come to expect from the London parties: Labour, Conservatives and Lib-Dems. After all the people of this area aren’t to blame for the economic mess of this country, but we are the ones paying for it.

When Labour proposed to close Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, I and my Plaid colleagues stood firmly with our communities to fight the decision. I didn’t do this just because I was a regular user of the service, I did this because it was the right thing to do.

When the Health Board decided to close the hospital in Llangollen I and a group of local residents formed a campaign group to oppose the downgrading of the health service in the Dee Valley. I didn’t do this simply because friends and relatives were service users; I did this because it was the right thing to do.

When various bus companies proposed to axe the X94, Number 60 and other bus services, I didn’t fight to oppose these simply because I use some of these bus services, I did so because it was the right thing to do.

I have and always will fight the corner of the disenfranchised and the vulnerable, because standing in solidarity with others is the right thing to do.

If Mr Moore and others share in Plaid Cymru’s mission to make our society more equal and fairer, then join us and be that change.

Mabon ap Gwynfor


Letter’s page in The Leader today (02:07:2014)

Leader 02.07.2014