Plaid can beat Lib Dems in Wales

06/07/2011

Councillors Association Secretary Chris Franks has said that the recent Arllechwedd by-election in Gwynedd shows that disenchanted Lib Dem voters can turn to Plaid Cymru instead of to Labour.

Plaid Cymru snatched the seat from the Liberal Democrats with an overwhelming majority of 150 plus votes. Dafydd Meurig for Plaid took 255 of the votes; in second place the Liberal Democrats took 93 votes, Labour third with 72 votes and the Tories, the last in the race with 35 votes. There were no representatives from the Independents nor Llais Gwynedd.

The By-Election was called following the sad and untimely death of the late Councillor John R Jones.

Father of four, Dafydd Meurig lives in the Ward and is looking forward to representing the people and area he knows so well.:

“It will be an honour and a privilege to serve the people and the communities of Arllechwedd as their representative on Gwynedd Council. I am absolutely delighted that all the hard work over the past weeks has born fruition. Thank you to everyone in the Ward for their support yesterday, it has been great to see friends old and new whilst canvassing and discussing issues of importance to the local people. I feel it a great privilege and honour that they have given their faith and trust in me as a Plaid Cymru Councillor to carry out this role on their behalf,” he said.

“During the past year, I have served as Chairman of Llanllechid Community Council and I truly believe that my experience as a Community Councillor will assist me as I develop and work hard on behalf of the community as a County Councillor . My priority will be to ensure the very best for the Ward, working hard to safeguard local services albeit the huge cuts that face the public sector over the coming years,” Dafydd explains.

“Thank you to Plaid Cymru’s team in Dyffryn Ogwen for their support and leadership during this campaign. I look forward to continuing my work with them and other Plaid Cymru County Councillors in order that the community of Arllechwedd remain at the fore of all that we do.”

Married to Louise, Dafydd Meurig owns two local businesses. Welsh language book publisher Gwasg Gee is based in Dyffryn Ogwen, as is media concern Carreg Ateb which he set up in 1996. Dafydd believes that small, local businesses are the life blood of the rural economy in Gwynedd, and his experience and understanding in this field will, no doubt, prove useful to him as he stands as County Councillor .

A native of Dyffryn Ogwen, Dafydd is heavily involved with community projects in the area. He is on the board of Cwmni Mynydd Llanllechid, a non profit company, that administers the Llanllechid Common management plan in association with the Countryside Council for Wales and Snowdonia National Park . He is also one of the Directors of Adwy, a non profit company that renovates properties in the slate mining valleys of Ogwen, Peris, Nantlle, Ffestiniog and Corris and rents them to local businesses to create jobs.

Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Chair of Plaid Cymru’s Gwynedd group said it was great to welcome Dafydd to the team:

“On behalf of Plaid Cymru in Gwynedd I would like to congratulate Councillor Dafydd Meurig on his success at Arllechwedd’s By-Election. It will be a great pleasure to welcome him to the team to share his enthusiasm and understanding of the area. He is a busy man, full of ideas and I’m sure he will work hard to benefit the people of Gwynedd. It’s great to see a local man who has established businesses in the area keen to represent local people We look forward to working with him and offering guidance and support in his new role as County Councillor.”

Councillors Association Secretary Chris Franks added:

“This result shows that in many parts of Wales it is Plaid Cymru rather than Labour who will gain from the collapse in the Lib Dem vote. I am sure Dafydd Meurig will be looking to build on this result ahead of next year’s local elections in Gwynedd."