Former Plaid Cymru candidate who now hopes to defeat the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats as a Conservative says he sees no contradiction in his political position.
Gary Price, a Powys county councillor and postman, will be taking on Kirsty Williams in Brecon & Radnorshire at next year’s National Assembly election.Maybe this says more about the Tories lack of confidence in wining Brecon and Radnor that they have gone for a Plaid defector rather than an established party member . I bet La Pasionaria (Kirsty Wiliams) is shaking in her boots
It won’t be the first time he has been up against her. In 2011 he was Plaid’s candidate in the seat, coming fourth with just 1,906 votes. Ms Williams won with 12,201 votes – more than six times as many.
Now he has switched parties, however, Mr Price is in with a much better chance of defeating Wales’ top Lib Dem. In May’s general election, the Conservatives won Brecon & Radnorshire from the Lib Dems’ former MP Roger Williams with a comfortable majority of 5,102.
Asked what had changed from his point of view since he joined Plaid Cymru in 2010 saying Plaid offered the best set of policies for Powys, Mr Price said: “I don’t want to talk about the past – I want to talk about the future. People have seen through the Liberal Democrats and want a change. I am the only candidate saying I would not prop up a failing Labour government at Cardiff Bay.”
Probably more worrying is the report that
A former Plaid Cymru council candidate has rejected a Labour MP’s claim that she “lied” when registering as a Labour supporter to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership election.
Esther Nagle, who stood unsuccessfully for Plaid in Ystrad Rhondda in 2012 said she was no longer a Plaid member, although remained a supporter of the party and its anti-austerity stance.