“I have had discussions with the First Minister since the tied vote for him becoming First Minister which I participated in on a three line whip as part of the Plaid group and that was when I decided I did not want to be in that position again when I was subject to a three line whip not realising the Welsh Conservatives and UKIP had been lined up to vote for my then leader Leanne Wood as First Minister,”
After the Plaid group had decided to put Leanne’s name forward on a three line whip UKIP were approached and I know that from talking to them.
“I didn’t know that this was going to happen and then there was a second vote and I was asked by the First Minister and other Labour colleagues whether I would vote with them and I decided I couldn’t because of the three line whip.“But I didn’t think it was a good strategic approach to contest the election of the First Minister. And I was very pleased that the Liberal Democrat leader as she then was, voted in the conscientious way that she did.“The approach to UKIP was an indication that the strategy of opposition was more important for the Plaid group then contributing to the governance of WalesThe Liberal Democrat leader e us talking about is Kirsty Williams the sole Lib Dem in the Assembly who subsequently joined the Assembly Government in the "Not a Coalition".
“Yes, because I have a very simple view of politics and that is my job is to ensure Wales has good governance, the argument then is who runs the government of Wales and I do not believe that relying on the support of the Welsh Conservatives and UKIP was appropriate strategic position.”
Dafydd El having a "simple view of politics?
"It is facile and assumes a kind of superiority that we decide who is Welsh and who is not Welsh.""A party which gets votes from ordinary citizens in Wales has to be taken seriously."It clearly represents a point of view in Wales."
Plaid Cymru hit back at the accusations, a spokesperson for the party said: “Plaid Cymru has been a constructive and effective opposition party since the May elections.
“We have held the Labour Government to account when necessary and we have negotiated agreements in June and more recently the biggest budget deal in the history of the Assembly to secure additional and important funding for cancer care, transport infrastructure, help for small businesses and local councils as well as mental health services.“Leanne Wood has made no approach to UKIP at any stage and it should be remembered that the AM for Dwyfor Meirionnydd was nominated by UKIP’s Neil Hamilton in his bid to become the Presiding Officer.”