THE Green Party's only county councillor in Wales has quit the party and joined Plaid Cymru.

Emily Durrant, a Powys County Councillor who stood for the Brecon and Radnorshire seat in May's election, confirmed that she had joined Plaid Cymru.

Ms Durrant said the move was motivated by the realisation that social and environmental justice would “never be achieved” whilst Wales was a member of the UK and “ultimately governed by Westminster”.

Her decision was welcomed by Plaid Cymru Group leader on Powys Council Elwyn Vaughan and Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price.

She will now join Cllr Vaughan and Councillor Bryn Davies as Powys' Plaid councillors. She had sat as part of a joint Liberal Democrat/Green group on Powys council.

Councillor Durrant, who represents the Llangors ward near Brecon, said: "Changing party is not an easy decision and it has come after much deep and careful thought. But it has become clear to me that social and environmental justice will never be achieved whilst we are ultimately governed by Westminster.

“Climate change and nature loss is the greatest challenge facing future generations. But, with full control over our own resources, trade and infrastructure Wales would be better equipped to contribute to the global fight against climate change – unlocking Wales’ green potential at the same time."


Cllr Vaughan welcomed her, adding: “I am thrilled to welcome Emily to Plaid Cymru and to the Plaid Cymru group on Powys County Council.

“Emily brings with her a wealth of experience which will be invaluable as we work together towards tackling the climate emergency, laying the foundations of a socially just independent Wales, and creating a sustainable future for our nation and our planet.

“I have been impressed by Emily’s commitment to the causes she champions, and I couldn’t be happier that she has found a new home with Plaid Cymru.

The move is the second high profile defection from the Green Party to Plaid Cymru.

In 2018 the then leader of the Green Party in Wales, Grenville Ham, joined Plaid on the eve of its party conference, and cited his disappointment that Green members in Wales had voted against splitting from the English party.

Mr Ham is a community councillor in Brecon.

The Green Party in Wales had previously said it would back Welsh independence if such a referendum was held.

Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS said: “I’m delighted to welcome Emily to Plaid Cymru. Emily is a hugely respected and hard-working councillor and I know she will make a significant contribution to the work of our party.

“Her decision reflects the broad appeal of Plaid Cymru and in the week of COP 26 it is a powerful endorsement of the party’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency.”

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