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Ieuan Wyn Jones
Ieuan Wyn Jones

The Plaid Cymru President Ieuan Wyn Jones assumed the party's leadership from the Caernarfon MP Dafydd Wigley when he stood down for health reasons last summer.

Mr Wyn Jones is standing down as MP for Ynys Mon at this election - a position he has held since 1987. Since 1999 he has also been the National Assembly member and will retain his role at the head of the party from Cardiff Bay.

He is from the party's rural Welsh-speaking heartland. A family man with three children, he has written books in English and Welsh on things as diverse as Europe and the Welsh 19th century publisher, Thomas Gee.

Mr Jones has been criticised for a recent performance on BBC's Question Time programme in Caernarfon, a Welsh-speaking Plaid stronghold. He was said by some to have played into the hands of political enemies with a less than convincing performance on that most difficult of subjects in Wales - the impact of inward migration on Welsh- speaking communities.

Following in Dafydd Wigley's footsteps is undoubtedly a hard act to follow and Ieuan Wyn Jones knows it. His managerial and organisational abilities - he helped mastermind the party's sensational National Assembly campaign - are recognised and appreciated within his own party.

A selection of your questions:

Does Mr Wyn Jones see this general election (in Wales) as a vote for and against more powers to the Welsh Assembly?
Barrie Holmes, Stoke-on-Trent

Is Mr Jones' vision of Wales as an independent state, part of a federal Europe and no longer part of Great Britain?
Mark Milkins, Neyland, Pembs

When most of the Welsh people - who are proudly Welsh - neither speak nor want to speak Welsh as a first language, is it sensible or reasonable to persist in forcing the Welsh language on the Welsh when it is know to act as a disincentive to inward investment and costs to industry and the public of Wales.
Janet Pinder, Newport

President Kennedy exhorted 1960s Americans to ask "not what their country could do for them - but what they could do for their country". Could a modern UK leader pose the same question - and if not, why not?
Andy Stoker, Stockport

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