Leanne Wood – Rebel With A Cause


It is not often we simply link to an article but the story in Friday’s WalesOnline about Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood’s, and her early life is well worth a read.

It is to be hoped that Leanne can do for Plaid Cymru’s fortunes in Wales what Nicola Sturgeon has managed to achieve in Scotland.

Obviously given her background – brought up in a family that was struggling in a Labour heartland in Wales she should naturally have gravitated to the Labour Party however as she says:

“It would have been so much easier to have become involved with the Labour party that was dominant in the valleys. That was my dad’s view.

“He frequently asked me in the early days why I was wasting my time with a small party like Plaid Cymru, as he put it. I told him he was wrong. He accepts that now.

“In the Rhondda, the political scene mainly consisted of old men. Despite being members of Labour they had right wing views on questions like feminism and homophobia, even racism.

“Some of the views expressed by some of Labour representatives locally weren’t in line with my views and values at all, so joining them was never an option for me.

“Plaid Cymru was more youthful in its approach and more open to listening to the voices of people like me, a young woman from a working class background in the Valleys.”

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Issued by: The Celtic News



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