Plaid Ifanc

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Plaid Ifanc
Founded 2005
Headquarters Cardiff, Wales
Ideology Democratic socialism
Left-wing nationalism
Welsh independence
Welsh nationalism
Republicanism
Colours Green
Mother party Plaid Cymru
International affiliation None
European affiliation European Free Alliance Youth
Website www.plaidifanc.org

Plaid Ifanc is the youth and student wing of Plaid Cymru, a political party in Wales.

Origins[edit]

CymruX (the predecessor organisation of Plaid Cymru Youth) was founded in 2005 to merge Plaid Cymru's two existing movements into one new youth movement. The student federation and the youth movement were merged to create a brand new youth organisation available to anyone under the age of 30. A number of young Plaid Cymru members wanted to create a vibrant new movement which would appeal to all young people in Wales. The members felt it important that young people of all ages should be able to take part in the political process together, without a separate movement only for students. This opened up the movement to more people, for example, young people in Wales who are working, and school pupils.

In 2012 CymruX was re-branded as Plaid Cymru Youth / Plaid Cymru Ifanc. In 2017, it was re-branded as Plaid Ifanc, to reflect the name used by members and activists.

Structure[edit]

Plaid Ifanc is run by its National Executive Committee, elected during its National Conference every year, which is usually held in the Spring. At community level, the movement is made up of local groups across Wales, namely in Cardiff, Cardiff University, Swansea, Bangor, Newport, Pwllheli, Caernarfon, Pembrokeshire, Anglesey, Aberystwyth and Neath, which are in turn run by their own committees. However, in 2016/17, no branch existed in Aberystwyth University because of the absence of the group's executive during mandatory training sessions. The branch has been relaunched following Ben Lake's victory in the United Kingdom general election, 2017. Each branch sends two representatives to Plaid Ifanc's National Council, which meets 3 times a year. Every member of Plaid Ifanc is entitled to vote or stand as an officer during the National Conference.

Plaid Ifanc operates a strict equality policy, in order to maintain a diverse structure. According to Plaid Ifanc's Constitution, adopted at the Cardiff National Conference in 2016, 50% of the members of the National Executive Committee must be women. One of the Co-Chairs of the movement must also be a woman, and branches are also expected to have at least one woman on their committees (which are usually complied of three members).

Beliefs[edit]

As the Plaid Cymru youth wing, Plaid Ifanc shares many of the wider party's goals. However they aim as a youth wing to abide by the beliefs of their young members. At its 2015 National Conference in Aberystwyth, it adopted the following principles:[1]

  1. National Liberation. The main aim of Plaid Ifanc is to fight for independence for Wales as a full member-state of a democratic, social and united European Union.
  2. Republicanism. We believe every citizen should be completely equal and that every layer of our government should be elected democratically. We believe in creating a Welsh Republic that is fully democratic.
  3. A Strong Democracy. We want Wales to be a nation where all citizens, from 16 years old onwards, are able to vote and contribute fully to our democratic structures. We campaign for a fully proportional electoral system where all votes count.;
  4. Social Justice. We believe that all in our society should be able to contribute to and depend on a strong and efficient welfare state to protect them where needs be.
  5. Work and Employment. All young people have the right to employment that pays a decent living wage.
  6. Free Education. Education is a human right, and we believe that the state should fund the education from the nursery school to the university. We have formed a central part of many campaigns to scrap tuition fees and in favour of free education. Building an engaged and intelligent society is important in creating a mature democracy.
  7. Rights. Plaid Ifanc is a feminist organisation. We work to construct a society free from patriarchy and we fight for equal rights for LGBT people.We condemn all effort to degrade those who belong to a certain minority, be that ethnic or sexual, and we strive towards a tolerant society free of prejudice.
  8. Welsh Language. We believe in building a truly bilingual society where everybody has the right to use the Welsh language. Welsh deserves a truly equal status in Wales and all school pupils and students should have the opportunity to learn our national language fluently.
  9. Transport. Wales is the only country in Europe without a single kilometer of electrified railway, yet the private companies who run them make them amongst the most expensive in Europe. We campaign for an efficient transport system which quickly connects the communities of our nation. We also support reduced tariffs for young people.
  10. The Environment. We must move our society towards a carbon neutral economy and we have a strong and important role to play to protect our territory from the monopoly of large mining companies and the royal family.

Activities[edit]

Plaid Ifanc has campaigned against university top-up fees, the Iraq War, and the development of new nuclear arms, for the re-introduction of grants for university students, for affordable housing for young people, votes at 16 and for a Yes vote in the Welsh devolution referendum, 2011. Most recently they have launched multiple campaigns, including a beer mat campaign based on consent ("All women have the right to say no"), where beer mats with the message are distributed in pubs. The #FreeWales or #CymruRydd campaign, which aims to make the movement's desire for Welsh independence more visible on the street with stickers, is also ongoing. The movement plans to hold a National Youth Conversation on independence in late 2017 and early 2018.

Plaid Ifanc has strong links with Gazte Abertzaleak, the youth wing of Eusko Alkartasuna from the Basque Country, whose members are regularly invited to participate in Plaid Ifanc's events (and vice versa). It has recently forged links with Young Republican Left of Catalonia, Young Scots for Independence and the youth of Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh from Brittany. It is a member of the European Free Alliance Youth.

National Executive Committee 2018/19[edit]

Executive Position Officer
Co-Chair Sioned Treharne
Co-Chair Fflur Arwel
Secretary Sioned James
Treasurer Morgan Bowler-Brown
Women's Officer Polly Manning
Communications Officer Osian Wyn Owen
Campaigns Officer Luke Fletcher
Membership Officer Dewi Wyn Jones
International Officer Llyr Williams

List of Chairs[edit]

Former National Chairs Years
Sioned Treharne 2018-Present
Fflur Arwel 2018-Present
Emyr Gruffydd 2015–2018
Aled Morgan Hughes 2015
Glenn Page 2014–2015
Charlotte Britton 2013–2014
Cerith Rhys Jones 2012–2013
Lleu Williams 2011–2012
Luke James 2010–2011
Caryl Wyn Jones 2009–2010
Ivor Rees 2006–2009
Ellen Lyn Roberts 2005–2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ About us. Plaid Ifanc (official website). Retrieved 16 June 2018.

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