Liz Saville Roberts to lead Plaid Cymru Westminster group

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Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Liz Saville Roberts has been selected to lead Plaid Cymru’s Westminster group.

Ms Saville Roberts was selected unopposed during the party’s first group meeting since the election, in London this afternoon. The party increased its representation in Westminster from three to four MPs in the election last week.

Liz Saville Roberts will take over from Arfon MP, Hywel Williams.

The party has also announced new portfolios for their spokespeople, with Hywel Williams taking responsibility for Brexit and International Trade, Liz Saville Roberts taking responsibility for Justice and Home Affairs, Jonathan Edwards will lead on Treasury, Foreign Affairs and Defence; and new Ceredigion MP, Ben Lake leading on Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Constitutional Affairs and Culture, Media and Sport.

Carmarthen East & Dinefwr Mp, Jonathan Edwards will be the party’s new whip.

Commenting, Plaid Cymru’s new Westminster group leader, Liz Saville Roberts, said:

“It is a great honour to have been selected to lead Plaid Cymru’s strong and talented Westminster group, which is bigger than it has been since the 2001 election. I am grateful to have the support of my colleagues in the Plaid Cymru group and for the encouragement from colleagues within and outside the party.

“Hywel led the group ably and successfully during the last Parliament and is highly thought of and respected, not just in the Plaid Cymru group but across the House of Commons. A hallmark of his leadership has been his determination to make sure Wales’s voice was heard at all times during the previous Parliament and his leadership was central in making Plaid Cymru the official opposition on the Wales Bill in all but name.

“The Plaid Cymru group is bigger than it has been for thirteen years and I look forward to taking advantage the significant opportunities that a balanced Parliament brings Wales and Plaid Cymru; to oppose Westminster’s disastrous obsession with spending cuts, press for the strengthening of Wales’s own Parliament and ensure that Brexit works for Wales.”

Plaid Cymru Leader, Leanne Wood said:

“Liz has proven herself to be a formidable advocate for her own constituents and for the people of the whole of the UK. She has become an authority within the House of Commons and has already earned the respect of MPs from all parties.

“Liz has led on issues of crucial importance to Wales and the whole of the UK including on cyber security, policing and survivors of domestic abuse and I have no doubt that she will lead the group successfully through the next Parliament and ensure Wales’ voice is heard during the crucial negotiations on our future relationship with Europe and the rest of the world.”

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