A ‘co-operation agreement’ is being discussed by the Labour Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, it has been announced. 

A joint statement, agreed between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, was issued today which said both have held “initial constructive discussions”. 

It suggested some form of partnership could emerge in response to the recovery from the Covid pandemic, the continued Brexit fall out and “threats to devolution.” 

No firm details on what sort of partnership is being discussed have been announced but the statement suggested there would be a governance arrangement. This means that any deal would be based on more than a gentleman’s agreement between Plaid leader Adam Price and First Minister Mark Drakeford. 

The full statement:

A statement jointly agreed by the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru 

As Wales prepares for a stronger future beyond the coronavirus pandemic; responds to the climate emergency, the ongoing consequences of leaving the European Union, and threats to devolution; it is more important than ever that political parties work together wherever they have common interests on behalf of people in Wales. 

Constructive initial discussions have taken place between the Welsh Labour Government and Plaid Cymru exploring ways of building a more equal, just and democratic nation for all. 

These discussions are continuing to explore an ambitious co-operation agreement to be based around a number of defined policy priorities and the governance arrangements on which the Welsh Labour Government and Plaid Cymru can work together to deliver for Wales. 

Ends 

At May’s election, Labour won 30 of the 60 Senedd seats which allowed it to form a government but it runs the risk of being out voted in key topics. Plaid won 13 seats in the spring poll. 

The 2007 to 2011 Labour government featured Plaid Cymru as junior partners and then Plaid leader Ieuan Wyn Jones was deputy first minster. Labour won only 26 seats in 2007 but Plaid’s 15 seats meant a government with a comfortable majority could be formed. 

The formal coalition in 2007 had to be agreed by rank and file members of both parties. 

When Labour won 29 seats in 2016 and Plaid Cymru 12, to become the largest opposition party, then leader Leanne Wood ruled out a formal coalition with Carwyn Jones but did reach a policy agreement.

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