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PinkNews Q&A: Submit your questions for Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood

Mayer Nissim May 11, 2017
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Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will answer PinkNews readers’ questions in a Q&A before the snap General Election.

She joins the previously-announced Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall and Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley in facing your questions ahead of the June 8 poll.

The Welsh nationalist party won three MPs in the 2015 General Election after picking up 12.1 percent of the vote in Wales.

Submit your questions for Leanne Wood below:

Ms Wood was elected as leader of Plaid back in 2012, becoming the first woman and first non-fluent Welsh speaker to lead the party.

Plaid Cymru attracted attention prior to the last General Election for its controversial “coming out” advert that depicted a man coming out as a supporter of the party.

The TV advert attracted both defenders and detractors.

Ms Wood has a record as a supporter of LGBT rights stretching back several years.

In March 2012, Ms Wood called for greater consistency in the way homophobic school bullying is recorded by local authorities in Wales.

“We know that bullying in general…a lot of it is hidden because young people don’t come forward,” she said at the time.

“With homophobic bullying it is likely to be even more of a problem because of the stigma attached to being gay.”

Prior to the last general election, she shut down then-UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s comments suggesting that the UK should not care for foreign-born people who are diagnosed with HIV.

“I think you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Ms Wood said during the televised leaders’ debate to a round of applause.

Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru

She also expressed disappointment at MPs who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on the basis of negative letters from constituents.

“I can’t believe politics is by mailbag,” she said.

“So if you had a mailbag full of people saying they wanted to bring back hanging, you would vote to bring back hanging?”

Related topics: Caroline Lucas, General Election 2017, interview, Jeremy Corbyn, Jonathan Bartley, Leanne Wood, Paul Nuttall, plaid cymru, questions, Reader Q&A, Theresa May, tim farron, Wales, Welsh Nationalists

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