RIC Lecture with Leanne Wood AM

Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood will give a lecture hosted by the Radical Independence Campaign on July 22nd in Glasgow. Wood, a socialist, republican and a proponent for Welsh independence, is the first female leader of Plaid Cymru.

Wood credits her political awakening to reading Marge Piercy’s 1976 feminist classic Woman on the Edge of Time, and the 1984/5 UK miners’ strike. Her political heroes include Lewis Lewis, one of the leaders of the 1831 Merthyr Rising.

She chaired the Cardiff Stop the War Coalition at the height of the anti-war movement.

In December 2004 Wood was the first assembly member to be ordered out of the chamber for referring to the Queen as “Mrs Windsor” during a debate. Lord Elis-Thomas asked Wood to withdraw the remark on the grounds of discourtesy. When she refused, she was ordered to leave. She later said: “I don’t recognise the Queen … I don’t think I was treated fairly, I don’t think it was necessary. I called her that because that’s her name.”

Standing up for peace and nuclear disarmament, Wood was arrested for protesting against the UK’s Trident nuclear missile programme at Faslane naval base.

She is Chair of the PCS Cross-Party Group in the Welsh Assembly. Wood’s particular areas of interest are: poverty; women’s issues; social services; criminal justice; social exclusion; mental health; anti-privatisation; and anti-war.



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