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Welsh aspirations

The result of last year's election to the Scottish Parliament was little short of seismic with the SNP being returned to power with an overall majority.

But for the nationalists in Wales, it was a different story.

In the election to the National Assembly, Plaid Cymru won just 11 seats out of 60, its worst result since the Assembly was created.

Back in 1999, in the first Assembly election, Plaid produced a stunning performance, winning close to 30% of the vote. Since then, the party has often struggled although it did share power with Labour between 2007 and 2011.

Nevertheless, Plaid has achieved one of its biggest aims: a year ago Wales voted in a referendum to increase the Assembly's lawmaking powers. But many in the party would like to go further and campaign for independence, just as the SNP has done in Scotland.

Indeed, independence has become one of the biggest issues in the contest to elect a new leader of Plaid to succeed Ieuan Wyn Jones.

John Beesley has been talking to the three candidates.

How big an impact has the success of the Scottish National Party had on Plaid Cymru? And how will voters in Wales react to the prominence given to independence in the contest to elect a new leader of Plaid?

Questions we put to Richard Wyn Jones, professor of Welsh Politics at Cardiff University.

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John Beesley's report.

Interview with Richard Wyn Jones.

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