Gwlad (Welsh for "country" or "nation") is a centre-right[2] Welsh nationalist and pro-independence political party.

Gwlad
LeaderGwyn Wigley Evans[1]
FoundedAugust 2018; 2 years ago (2018-08)
HeadquartersBenglog
Llanddeiniol
Llanrhystud
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 5AW
Ideology
Political positionCentre-right[2]
House of Commons (Welsh seats)
0 / 40
Senedd
0 / 60
Local government in Wales
0 / 1,253
Community Councils in Wales2 seats
Website
www.gwlad.org/en/

It was launched as Ein Gwlad (English: Our Nation) in Llanelli in August 2018 following a preliminary meeting held in Aberystwyth in late 2017.[3] Later it was called Gwlad Gwlad, assuming its current name on 24 March 2020.[1]

Gwlad is committed to achieving full independence for Wales, including the creation of a separate currency.[4] It also describes itself as being committed to enterprise and free markets, and to accepting the result of the Brexit referendum in 2016.[5] The party wants to move the Senedd to Llandudno Junction.[6][7]

The party has one councillor who was originally elected as an independent[8] member for the Hengoed ward of the Llanelli Rural Community Council,[9] and another councillor who was elected in 2017 as a Plaid Cymru[10] member for the Lower Ward of the Ynysybwl and Coed-y-cwm Community Council in Rhondda Cynon Taf.[11]

ElectionsEdit

2019 general electionEdit

The party stood candidates (as Gwlad Gwlad) in the 2019 United Kingdom general election in three of the four Welsh seats where Plaid Cymru had stood down in favour of other parties taking an anti-Brexit position as part of the "Unite to Remain" pact: Cardiff Central (280 votes, 0.7%), Montgomeryshire (727 votes, 2.1%) and Vale of Glamorgan (508 votes, 0.9%).[12]

2021 Senedd electionEdit

The party stood candidates in 14 of the 40 parliamentary constituencies in the 2021 Senedd election and a full slate of four candidates in each of the five Senedd regional lists.[4] The party averaged 0.6% in the regional lists, coming tenth. It had no candidates elected.[13]

2021 Police and Crime Commissioner electionsEdit

The party stood in the 2021 election for a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Gwent Police area.[14] Its candidate was Clayton Jones, who is a councillor on Ynysybwl and Coed-y-cwm Community Council.[11] He came last with 2,615 votes, representing 1.4% of the total.[15]

Electoral performanceEdit

General electionsEdit

House of Commons of the United Kingdom
Year Votes Votes % Seats Change
2019 1,515 votes 0.0%
0 / 650
New party

Senedd electionsEdit

Year Regional vote Constituency vote Overall seats Change
2021 6,776 votes 0.6%
0 / 20
2,829 votes 0.3%
0 / 40
0 / 60
New party

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "View registration - The Electoral Commission". search.electoralcommission.org.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Second party to complain to Ofcom over lack of Senedd election coverage". Nation.Cymru. 19 April 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  3. ^ Crump, Eryl (2 November 2018). "New Welsh independence party launches with a swipe at system 'that's exploited Wales for so long'". Daily Post - NorthWalesLive. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Welsh election: Separate currency plan from Gwlad independence party". BBC News. 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Gwlad - a new voice for an independent Wales". Gwlad. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  6. ^ Mosalski, Ruth; Morris, Lydia (16 April 2021). "The Welsh Independence party that wants to move Senedd to North Wales". North Wales Live. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  7. ^ Mosalski, Ruth (14 April 2021). "Gwlad party wants a new currency for Wales and an army". WalesOnline. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  8. ^ Town and Community Council Election Results 2017, Carmarthenshire County Council. Retrieved 22 April 2021
  9. ^ "Sian Mair Caiach". Llanelli Rural Council. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  10. ^ Jones, Clayton (4 April 2018). "Western Mail letters". WalesOnline. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Councillors". Ynysbwl & Coed-y-cwm Community Council. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Gwlad Gwlad standing in four seats where Plaid Cymru have withdrawn 'to offer people a pro-independence vote'". Nation.Cymru. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Welsh Parliament election 2021". BBC News. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  14. ^ Mosalski, Ruth (14 April 2021). "These are the people vying to be Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent". WalesOnline. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Election of Police and Crime Commissioner for the Gwent Police Area" (PDF). Blaenau Gwent CBC – Voting and Elections – Gwent Area PCC Election. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.