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BBC Wales's Matthew Evans reports
"Senior party figures deny any involvement in a plot"
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BBC Wales's Becky Dickinson reports
"Mr Wigley said he did not know if there had been a plot against him"
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Plaid Cymru chairman Dafydd Wigley
"Dafydd Wigley said he went on grounds of health; he has spoken extremely honestly"
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Friday, 14 July, 2000, 06:43 GMT 07:43 UK
'Wigley downfall' plot denied
Outgoing Plaid president Dafydd Wigley
Dafydd Wigley: Resignation was a shock
A front runner in the race to lead Plaid Cymru has dismissed rumours of a plot to push president Dafydd Wigley out of office.

Speaking on BBC Wales's The Point programme, Mr Wigley said he would be "the last to know" if there was any substance in the claims.

Ieuan Wyn Jones distanced himself from claims that he may have played a part in Mr Wigley's exit as party president.

Mr Jones - AM and MP as Ynys Mon - went on to challenge those spreading the rumour to come forward.

I deny I was involved in any conspiracy, or that there was a conspiracy to undermine Dafydd as leader of the part

Presidential hopeful Ieuan Wyn Jones
Mr Wigley's announcement that he was to give up the presidency of Plaid Cymru in May came as a shock.

Although he had been in hospital undergoing heart surgery, he was expected to resume his career.

Some AMs said privately that he had taken on too much - being an MP, AM, party president and also group leader in the National Assembly.

But there was also the suggestion that there was a conspiracy to oust him.

Speaking on The Point, he said: "I read the Wales On Sunday (newspaper) the week after I had announced that I was standing down and there were comments in that suggesting there had been plots.

Ieuan Wyn Jones
Ieuan Wyn Jones: Denied plot allegation
"I don't know whether there's substance to that or not."

However senior figures - including Ieuan Wyn Jones who hopes to succeed Mr. Wigley as president - denied any involvement in a plot to undermine him and has challenged those spreading the rumours to do so publicly.

Responding to Dafydd Wigley's refusal to deny there was a plot to oust him, Ieuan Wyn Jones said: "Some people may have led him to believe there was a plot.

"If people say there's a plot but they're not prepared to put their names to it then it's very difficult to deny it".

When asked where the rumours had come from he said he had no idea.

"If people have got any allegations let them name themselves and then we can deal with them.

"I deny I was involved in any conspiracy, or that there was a conspiracy to undermine Dafydd as leader of the party."

Party chairman Marc Phillips told BBC Wales that he had no evidence of a plot.

"Dafydd Wigley has spoken with extreme candour and honesty," he said.

"I think he has made it perfectly clear that he has no evidence of a plot and I echo that.

"All the evidence I had at the time of his resignation was the sole factor troubling him was his health."

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