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From impeachment to Iraq
As Plaid Cymru's annual conference comes to an end, BBC Wales looks at the main themes emerging from three days in Llandudno.

Impeachment

Adam Price MP
Adam Price, the man trying to impeach Tony Blair
The party opened its conference by publishing new legal advice on its campaign to impeach Tony Blair - provided by two leading barristers working for the same London legal chambers as the prime minister's wife, Cherie Blair QC.

The rising star of the party Adam Price, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr and the man leading the campaign, accused the prime minister of showing "contempt for the rule of international law and scant regard for the lives of our soldiers".

He said this had shown Mr Blair "to be unfit for any office, let alone the highest office in the land".

He told delegates that the ancient mechanism of impeachment was "a weapon of mass democracy on behalf of the millions of people that the prime minister had deceived".

Election

The party's parliamentary leader, Elfyn Llwyd, MP for Merionydd Nant Conwy, told conference that Plaid Cymru would fight the general election on opposition to the choice agenda promoted by "both Conservative parties".

He dismissed claims that Labour in Wales was pursuing a more left-wing approach than Labour in London.

Mr Llwyd claimed that his party was confident of winning seats off Labour next year, including Ynys Mon.

Referendum

The party announced that it would lead an attempt to get a referendum in Wales on the question of future devolution.

Dafydd Iwan
Dafydd Iwan: Wales can play 'crucial role' uniting nations
Ieuan Wyn Jones, leader of the party in the Welsh assembly, said such a referendum on further powers for the institution is "extremely likely" and should by run by the assembly itself.

Mr Jones said proposals put forward by a special commission set up to look into the matter, recommending more powers for Cardiff Bay, were still viable despite the Labour Party drawing up its own alternative plans.

Under a little-known and never-used clause in its constitution, the Welsh assembly can run its own referenda in Wales.

Iraq

The conference closed with a blistering attack on Tony Blair and his party over the war in Iraq.

The party's President, Dafydd Iwan said that Labour politicians had "the blood of innocent lives on their hands" and that Labour at Westminster and Labour in Cardiff Bay were one in the same.

He sent a message to the US President George Bush and to the prime minister telling them that "if there is to be a tomorrow, the world must change and that the small nations of the world can play a big part in that change".

He added a country like Wales could play "a crucial role" in bringing nations together.


SEE ALSO:
Gazing into Plaid's blue skies
25 Sep 04  |  Wales


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