Plaid Leader Adam Price AM and Cllr Gibson
Plaid Cymru's Andrea Gibson has won a by-election in Ely to gain an extra seat for Plaid on the City of Cardiff Council. The by-election took place within the Cardiff West constituency held by Mark Drakeford, the Welsh First Minister, after the death of Labour Councillor Jim Murphy.
The Ely contest was seen as a measure of Mark Drakeford's popularity, coming just months after he was elected as First Minister. Ely was an area of traditional Welsh, working-class Labour support and has consistently been one of Labour's strongest areas in Wales. But in the 2016 National Assembly elections Neil McEvoy managed to double Plaid's vote and turn Cardiff West into a marginal seat.
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Following the Welsh Government’s agreeing a license for the dumping of 300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station in Cardiff's inshore waters, the Plaid Cymru Group on Cardiff Council have tabled a motion (Thursday, 25 January) demanding independent and rigorous testing be done first.
It was revealed at the Petitions Committee of the National Assembly for Wales in January that Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government have already granted a license for the dumping to go ahead in June.
Leader of the Cardiff Council Plaid Cymru Group, Cllr. Neil McEvoy AM said, “I was shocked to have it confirmed at the Assembly Petitions Committee that there has been no analysis of the radioactive dose that the mud below 5cm may or may not contain, even though the potential total dose is the most important thing.