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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 14:28 GMT
Pupils interview Plaid leader
By Emily
Bishop Hedley School, Merthyr

Ieuan Wyn Jones is leader of Plaid Cymru. These are some of the questions we asked Mr Jones in an interview. The answers came from Mr Jones himself.

Ieuan Wyn Jones

How old were you when you first became interested in politics and was it any one issue that motivated you at the time?

I can't really recall a time when I was not interested in politics. As a young child I found political discussions fascinating and enjoyed vigorous debates with my parents.

What is the best thing and the worst thing about your role as leader of Plaid Cymru?

The best thing about my role as Leader of Plaid Cymru is the opportunity and platform I get to put forward my views. The worst? Endless meetings, I suppose

Who is your Welsh political hero and who have you most admired in world politics?

Gwynfor Evans, former Plaid MP, is my hero and Nelson Mandela on the international stage.

What are the major political issues in Wales at this moment?

I have no doubt that the major issues we face are health, education, the lack of good housing the economy and the environment.

Can you describe your ideal Wales, in a political sense?

I want the people of Wales to have confidence in our identity and in our ability to think and do things for ourselves.

You list your interests as local history, sport and walking. Do you have time for these things at the moment?

It is vital I make time for my personal interests. It's a time to switch off politics and to have clear thinking time.

Have you ever "fallen-out" with politics and public life?

Not really. Sometimes frustrated, yes, but I've always wanted to get on and do things. Patience is a virtue I wish I had in greater abundance!

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