Leanne Wood warned to resist Corbyn effect as splits in Plaid show

Written by James Millar on 23 March 2018 in Diary

They've only got a few MPs but that doesn't mean they can't fall out

A bit of 'friendly advice' from Plaid Cymru big beast Jonathan Edwards to his leader Leanne Wood has exposed splits in the Welsh nationalist party.

Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr and the party's Treasury spokesman, appeared to warn Wood against leaning too far to the left at the party's spring conference. He's expected to say in his speech that the party should not "respond to the electoral challenges we face from Corbyn's Labour by basing our political strategy on the intricacies of socialist theory. I fear that road leads to political oblivion."

Instead he'll make the case for staying in the centre ground. "In the face of an increasingly insular, hostile, right wing centralist Tory party and a hard left statist command and control Labour party we have to aim for the gaping void in the middle."

His words are being interpreted by many as an attack on leader Leanne Wood who referred to her party's 'socialism' in a speech earlier this year. Some commentators have suggested her strategy increasingly looks like an effort to 'out-Corbyn Corbyn'.

However Edwards, regarded as one of the most ambitious parliamentarians in Plaid Cymru, insists he is only offering "a bit of friendly advice" to the party rather then targeting the leadership.

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