Assembly Members

Plaid Cymru has eleven Assembly Members and is currently working in opposition in the Welsh Assembly. Each one works diligently to represent their area while supporting the Party of Wales's aims to move our country forward. You can visit their websites by clicking on the pictures.


 Leanne Wood

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Constituency: Rhondda

Leanne has been the Leader of Plaid Cymru since 2012. From a working class background, which she has credited for her strong values and principles, she has been a formidable champion for her area and Wales in general.

Polls continue to show that Leanne is the most popular party Leader in Wales and her campaigning work goes from strength to strength as she continues to travel the length and breadth of the country listening to people's concerns and crafting solution to them.

  


 Llŷr Gruffydd

LlyrGruffydd.jpgTitle: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education, Children, Skills and Lifelong Learning

Region: North Wales

 Llŷr lives on a family farm near Ruthin. He was previously a manager with an economic development company specialising in helping set up new businesses and assisting existing businesses to grow.

He started his career as a youth worker and went on to work as a researcher and press officer for Plaid’s Members of the European Parliament, Jill Evans and Eurig Wyn. He was also National Campaign Co-ordinator for the then Plaid Cymru President, Dafydd Wigley, in the run-up to the 1999 National Assembly elections.

After moving back to his family roots in Denbighshire in 2004, Llŷr was the 2010 Westminster Election candidate for Clwyd West, increasing the party’s vote by over 50% and securing the second biggest swing to Plaid in the country.  


Siân Gwenllian

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Title: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Welsh Language, Planning, Local Government and Equalities. 

Constituency: Arfon

Siân is a member of two Assembly committees: the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee; and the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.She joined the Council, representing the Felinheli ward in 2008. She has held top positions on Gwynedd Council including Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Education, Lead Member for Children and Young People and Finance Portfolio Leader.

Siân has followed a long and distinguished career in journalism. She started with the BBC in 1980 after completing a post-graduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University. She has worked for ITV, Golwg, as a Press Officer and as a self-employed journalist/broadcaster/Public Relations consultant. 


Rhun ap Iorwerth

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Title: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

Constituency: Ynys Môn

Rhun ap Iorwerth was elected as Assembly Member for Ynys Môn in August 2013 in a landslide by-election victory.

Brought up on the island, he was educated at Ysgol David Hughes, before graduating in Politics and Welsh at Cardiff University. He enjoyed a prolific career as a journalist with the BBC both as a presenter and Chief Political Correspondent.

A fluent Welsh speaker, he is married with three children. He is a member of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee in the National Assembly for Wales and is the Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Secretary. He is also Chair of the Cross Party Group, Wales International. He is also a juniors coach with Llangefni Rugby Club. 


 Bethan Jenkins

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Title: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Poverty, Communities and Steel Issues

Region: South Wales West

Bethan Jenkins was first elected to the Assembly in 2007. She is a former President of Aberystwyth Guild of Students and a member of Cymdeithas yr Iaith.

A formidable campaigner, her interests include economic development, international affairs, women's rights, asylum issues, protection of local services, and the provision for eating disorders in Wales. She has recently played a leading role in standing up for steel workers in Port Talbot.

Outside of politics her interests include sports and music.

 


Elin Jones

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Title: Presiding Officer

Constituency: Ceredigion

Elin Jones was raised on a farm in Llanwnnen near Lampeter. She attended Llanwnnen Primary School and Lampeter Comprehensive School.

After graduating from Cardiff University with a BSc in Economics, Elin went on to study for an MSc degree in Rural Economics at Aberystwyth University, before working as an Economic Development Officer for the Rural Wales Development Board. She was also a director at Radio Ceredigion and Wes Glei Ltd, a television production company.

She was elected as Aberyswyth’s youngest ever Mayor in 1997 and was elected to the Assembly in 1999. On 09 July 2007, the 'One Wales' coalition government was formed and Elin was appointed the Minister for Rural Affairs. She is now the Presiding Officer for the National Assembly for Wales.  


 Steffan Lewis

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Title: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs

Region: South Wales East

Brought up in Crosskeys and Tredegar, Steffan attended Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw in Pontypool and gained a degree in History and American Studies from the University of Glamorgan. He lives in Blackwood with his wife and son.

His political interests include international affairs and industrial renewal. He is the Plaid Cymru spokesperson for External Affairs and is leading the response to Brexit.

His interests outside politics include football and travelling. 

 


Dai Lloyd

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Title: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Culture 

Region: South Wales West

Dai was born in Tywyn, Gwynedd, and was raised on a family-run farm near Lampeter. He has lived in Swansea for the past 30 years where he has worked as a GP, building up a wealth of experience and knowledge in the fields of health and social care.


He first entered politics by serving as a local Councillor in his home city, before being elected to the inaugural National Assembly in 1999. Dai is a passionate campaigner on health and cultural issues, and has successfully pushed for a number of legislative and policy changes, particularly in the area of public health.

 


 Neil McEvoy

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Title: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Tourism

Region: South Wales Central

Neil was elected as Assembly Member for South Wales Central in 2016. He also continues to be a Councillor for Fairwater in Cardiff. Between 2008 and 2012 Neil was the Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council.

Before being elected Neil was a teacher of modern languages. He is able to speak Welsh, French, Spanish and English. His interest in languages has continued as he became the first person to use sign language in the National Assembly.

Neil also works hard to expose misuse of public money by shining a light on government grants, the huge pay packets for directors and the influence of commercial lobbyists on our Welsh democracy.


 Adam Price

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Title: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Business and the Economy

Constituency: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

Adam Price was born in Carmarthen into a miner’s family and was educated at Ysgol Dyffryn Amman and then Cardiff University where he graduated with a BSc in Economics. He went on to become a Managing Director of Newidiem, a UK policy and economics consultancy and Executive Director of the Welsh economic development and cultural change agency Menter a Busnes.

He was an MP between 2001 and 2010 gaining widespread recognition for his campaigning work and his attempt to have Tony Blair impeached over his role in the Iraq war.

Following his time in Westminster he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Harvard University where he studied a Masters in Public Administration and became a Fellow at the Centre for International Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

His decision to return to frontline politics was greeted with huge enthusiasm. 


 Simon Thomas

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Title: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs

Region: Mid and West Wales

Simon Thomas was educated at Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School; Aberystwyth University and intially trained as a librarian.

He was the MP for Ceredigion between 2000 and 2005 and succeeded in gaining a reputation as an adept Parliamentarian. He was then appointed development manager for Technium in Pembrokeshire, before being appointed senior special advisor to the One Wales Government, advising the Deputy First Minister and other Plaid Cymru Ministers.

He is married and has two children. He enjoys walking, reading and spending time with the family.

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