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Saturday, September 26, 1998 Published at 05:31 GMT 06:31 UK

UK Politics

Welsh nationalists incorporate English name

Dafydd Wigley: Assembly should have greater powers

Plaid Cymru is set to give itself a bilingual English-Welsh name.

The Welsh nationalists' annual conference will hear a motion on Saturday proposing to change the name for the first time in its history.

The BBC's Wyre Davies reports on the change of name
The plan is to add the English words 'The Party of Wales' to the existing title.

The move is designed to reflect the party's changing image - and appeal to the majority of voters in Wales who live outside its Welsh-speaking heartland in the north and west of the country.

In the last conference before the Welsh Assembly elections take place next year, Plaid Cymru is gearing up to try to gain seats in traditional Labour areas.

[ image: Bilingual name for nationalists]
Bilingual name for nationalists
Recent opinion polls show that the party has 24% support - which would give them 11 of the 60 seats in the new assembly.

President of Plaid Cymru, Dafydd Wigley, has rallied the conference to demand greater powers for the Welsh Assembly.

He said it was an "outrage" that the Welsh Assembly should not be given the law-making powers afforded to its counterparts in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

And he pledged support for farmers and people living in rural Wales.

He said: "We look to the assembly to be a vehicle which brings a better life, a better quality of life and a fairer standard of living for the people of Wales.

"We look to the assembly to safeguard the land of Wales against exploitation and environmental disfiguration."

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