Welsh Republican Movement

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Welsh Republican Movement
Mudiad Gweriniaethol Cymru
Founded 1949
Dissolved 1966
Split from Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by Members returned to Plaid Cymru & Labour
Newspaper Y Gweriniaethwr
(The Welsh Republican)
Ideology Welsh nationalism
Socialism
Republicanism
Political position Left-wing
Party flag
Welsh Tricolor
Welsh Tricolor with black star

The Welsh Republican Movement (Welsh: Mudiad Gweriniaethol Cymru) was a Welsh nationalist political party.

It was founded in 1949 as a split from Plaid Cymru. The group, some of whom had previously been members of the Labour Party aimed to build a base in industrial south east Wales by focusing on socialism and republicanism rather than on rural affairs, pacifism and the Welsh language.

In 1950, the group began publishing a newspaper, The Welsh Republican - Y Gweriniaethwr. It stood Ithel Davies in Ogmore in the 1950 general election, and took 1.3% of the vote.

Some members of the party were arrested for burning the Union Jack, and it faced accusations of initiating violence. They also conceived a Welsh republican flag, a tricolor with green, red and white bands.

By the mid-1950s, most members of the Movement had either returned to Plaid Cymru or joined the Labour Party, and its newspaper ceased publication in 1957. However, F. W. S. Craig believed that it remained active as late as 1966.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ F. W. S. Craig, Minor Parties at British Parliamentary Elections

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