Adam Price, the popular progressive Plaid Cymru MP for Camarthen East and Dinefwr, is to stand down at the next General Election.
In recent week’s Adam has been making his voice heard in his own quarters and elsewhere on the need to resist cuts in public spending. He has been a verocious champion for progressive causes and working people, and will remain an influential voice in Welsh politics and the progressive agenda for Wales. His departure from Westminster will be sadly missed by his admirers, both in Wales and elsewhere.
However this is by no means an end to Adam’s political career for he intends to stand in the Welsh Assembly elections in 2011.
He will be spending the next year on a Fulbright Scholarship in the US to study devolution and economic development at a top graduate school.
On the face of it Adam’s decision could be seen as being left until a bit late in the game, but I am sure he has judged correctly following a positive Plaid conference last weekend.
However, Adam’s year away in the US might scupper his chances of finding a decent safe seat. Camarthen East and Dinefwr’s current AM, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, has said he has no intention of stepping down. As of yet there has been no comment from any existing AMs on their intention to stand for Adam’s Westminster seat.
I would like to wish Adam the best of luck in his future endeavours, particularly his aspirations for entering the Assembly in 2011.