Plaid Cymru members to vote on Senedd co-operation deal with Labour

Plaid Cymru members are set to vote on a proposed three year co-operation deal with Welsh Labour today, the last day of its annual conference.

In May’s elections Labour won 30 of the 60 seats in the Welsh Parliament, allowing it to remain in government but with no majority.

Plaid Cymru fell third behind the Conservatives, but gained an extra MS, bringing its total to 13.

Talks between the two parties were first announced in September.

In mid-October, Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said the “discussions need to come to a conclusion” and they could not “continue forever”.

On 21 November the parties’ respective executive committees approved a co-operation deal between the parties in the Welsh parliament.

The deal will not see the two parties enter a coalition government, and Plaid Cymru members of the Senedd will hence not be entering government.

The cooperation proposal includes pledges to work on moving the net zero target from 2050 to 2035, expanding the Welsh parliament, rent controls, housing law reforms, and local tourism taxes.

There are also plans to introduce a free-at-point-of-need National Care Service for social care in Wales.