Thursday, September 23, 1999 Published at 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
Plaid celebrates year of success
Plaid Cymru's conference finds the party in buoyant mood
The Plaid Cymru Conference takes place in the north Wales town of Llandudno at the end of the most successful 12 months in the party's history, writes BBC Wales's Vaughan Roderick.
In the assembly elections in May, the party almost trebled its share of the vote and emerged as the main opposition party.
In the general election, Plaid was in a poor fourth place with just 6% of the vote. In May, it leapfrogged the other three parties and took a seat which had been a key target for both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
That gave Plaid its longed-for breakthrough outside its Welsh-speaking heartlands.
That success was mirrored at the European elections in June when the party came within 2% of overtaking Labour as Wales's largest party.
Success has brought its problems, though. The party has been accused of having too cosy a relationship with Labour in the Assembly, and this week the party president Dafydd Wigley admitted that they had given Labour "an easy ride" in Cardiff Bay.
The party is likely to highlight the securing of matching funds from the treasury for European grants as one issue that could lead to the fall of Alun Michael's government.
The new radicalism is partly an attempt to silence critics within the party but on one issue the division between the pragmatists and radical wings is certain to be highlighted.
The radicals are fundamentally opposed to the party accepting any offer of additional seats in the reformed House of Lords - a move which the party leadership regard as an important means of strengthening the Plaid voice at Westminster.