Call on Welsh Government to provide transparency on assembly name vote

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Rumours Welsh Government will be whipped on Assembly name change

Plaid Cymru have called for First Minister Mark Drakeford to clarify whether his ministers will be whipped on the Assembly’s name change next week.

Welsh Government Minister Rebecca Evans yesterday seemed to confirm that the vote on the new name for the Assembly will be a free vote.

However, Plaid Cymru now understands that Welsh Government may in fact be whipped on the name change.

Noting that he hoped Labour backbenchers will continue to support the ‘previous consensus of ‘Senedd’’, Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth asked for clarification from Welsh Government on whether their ministers will be whipped to vote for ‘Senedd’ or the ‘option backed by the Tories’.

Mr ap Iorwerth noted that ‘Senedd’ was the First Minister’s own preferred option.

Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth said,

“During FMQs yesterday, the Trefnydd Rebecca Evans confirmed that the vote on the new name for the National Assembly for Wales will be a free vote for members and we hope backbench Labour AMs will continue to support Plaid Cymru’s call to stick with the previous consensus of ‘Senedd’ – a name that belongs to everyone in Wales, regardless of their language choice.

“However, Plaid Cymru understands that Government Ministers, will be whipped. We therefore call for clarification on whether Welsh Government ministers will be whipped to vote for the name ‘Senedd’, the option the First Minister himself has said he favoured, or the option backed by the Tories.

“It would be very strange were Government Ministers were not even allowed to back the First Minister’s preferred option.”

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