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Sunday, 12 December, 1999, 13:55 GMT
MP hopes for decision on 'dual seats'

Dafydd Wigley MP/AM Dafydd Wigley MP/AM is recovering after surgery

Plaid Cymru's only full-time MP said he hopes his colleagues who sit in both the National Assembly and Westminster may resolve their political futures in the new year.

Elfyn Llwyd, MP for Meirionydd Nant Conwy, said he foresaw a possible decision soon by Ieuan Wyn Jones, Dafydd Wigley and Cynog Dafis to concentrate on their Assembly duties.

But Mr Llwyd said it was important for Mr Wigley, the party's president, to be allowed time to recover from his recent heart surgery.

They cannot be in two places at once and there are times when they are required in both places.
Elfyn Llwyd MP

"Dafydd clearly needs to recuperate now," Mr Llwyd told BBC Wales.

"He has worked damned hard for 25 years and deserves time to get over his illness."

Ieuan Wyn Jones, Ynys Mon's respresentative, Mr Wigley AM and MP for Caernarfon and Mr Dafis who is Ceredigion's MP and regional AM for Mid and West Wales, have all declared their intention to stand down from Westminster.

Mr Llwyd said he could not speak on behalf of his three colleagues, but he suspected a decision on their futures would be made in the new year.

It may be appropriate to hold by-elections before the next General Election, he said.

Elfyn Llwyd MP Elfyn Llwyd MP: Hoping for a decision in the new year

The pressures on the time of an Assembly Member and Member of Parliament meant it was difficult to fulfill both roles.

"They cannot be in two places at once and there are times when they are required in both places," said Mr Llwyd.

"My colleagues hold down responsible positions and it is difficult for them."

Mr Llwyd urged a re-think of dual roles in the light of Mr Wigley's ill health.

'Rock solid'

"I would hope there is a decision in favour or elections or by-elections soon.

"Plaid Cymru will win them. The seats are rock solid because Labour are totally and utterly betraying people in the streets. They are dictated to by Millbank."

He said that while Westminster hung on to powers over defence, taxation, transport and post offices, there was a worthy role for Plaid Cymru MPs in the House of Commons.

"I will carry on there doing my best for Wales.

"Clearly, Plaid's profile could he improved with extra colleagues there. We have two candidates in place and shortly there will be a third."

Mr Llwyd said he hoped that up to six Plaid MPs could be elected to Westminster at the next General Election.

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09 Dec 99 |  Wales
Plaid MPs consider standing down
22 Jul 99 |  Wales
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