Lib Dem-Plaid electoral pact talks are “serious”

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The leader of the UK Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson MP, told BBC Wales that talks on a possible future electoral pact with Plaid Cymru are “serious”, though no specific details have yet been agreed.

Plaid Cymru and the Greens decided not to stand candidates in August’s Brecon & Radnorshire Westminster by-election and this decision played at least some part in the Lib Dems winning the seat from the Conservatives.

The primary goal of any electoral pact will be to concentrate the pro-Remain and pro-second referendum vote behind single candidates to get the largest possible number of pro-Remain MPs elected to the UK House of Commons.

Elsewhere, the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Jane Dodds MP (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnorshire), told the party’s autumn conference in Bournemouth that the Lib Dems were opposed to Welsh independence, saying the Lib Dems were the only party “supporting both unions”. She also supported more powers being given to local authorities in Wales.