As Plaid Cymru’s leader Adam Price launches his bid for a referendum on Welsh independence, Havard Hughes Conservative Candidate for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr has launched his own campaign for independence – from Plaid Cymru.
Havard Hughes commented:
“Even Plaid Cymru’s former leader Dafydd Elis-Thomas seems to think our sitting Senedd member has lost the plot. Plaid has represented Carmarthen East & Dinefwr at every level of government for the last 20 years. All we’ve had are broken promises. Over those long decades they have failed to meet their pledges from the Llandeilo bypass to broadband.
2021 represents a watershed year for our community. Carmarthenshire defied Plaid to vote for Brexit. The last 5 years has seen a steady drift away from Plaid in Carmarthen East & Dinefwr so that now there are only 297 votes between Adam Price’s 2016 result and my result in 2019.
Every vote will count in Carmarthen East & Dinefwr. There are clearly enough Conservative voters in Carmarthen East & Dinefwr to send Plaid Cymru packing. We need investment and jobs in our county. Having a constitutional row is not going to do anything for local people. It is time for Carmarthenshire to declare independence from Plaid Cymru.”
Notes to editors
- You can read more at: www.297votes.com
- Havard Hughes, a Carmarthen based businessman, was selected to fight Carmarthen East & Dinefwr for the Conservatives after winning 14,130 votes - the party’s highest ever share in 2019. Carmarthen East & Dinefwr is now a two-way marginal between Plaid and the Conservatives.
- At the last Senedd election five years ago Plaid gained only 14,427 votes.