Peter Hughes Griffiths will become deputy chair of the council at the AGM this month, and he made his final contributions as leader at last week's meeting of the full council. Whether you agree with him or not, Peter is a man of integrity who never minces his words, and he has a long and distinguished record of public service.
Emlyn Dole is from a different generation, and will bring his own style to the job. Those who have seen him in action know that he has a powerful intellect and is tenacious in standing up for ordinary people. He also has a great sense of humour.
Cllr. Emlyn Dole, 57, has represented the Llannon area on the council since 2008. He is married to popular singer Gwenda Owen and is part-time minister of three Independent churches in the Gwendraeth Valley. He lived in many parts of the world in his youth, before returning to Wales as a student at University College Bangor. During his career, he has been a BBC producer and director and has worked in the fields of translation and public relations. Emlyn Dole is a member of the Planning Committee and has chaired the Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee for the past two years.
He takes over from Cllr. Peter Hughes Griffiths, who led the Plaid group on the council for eight years. During that period, the number of Plaid councillors rose from 16 to 28. Upon retiring as group leader, Peter is taking on a new role as vice-chairman of the County Council. Cllr. David Jenkins, Glanaman, has been elected as deputy leader of the Plaid group, as Cllr. Tyssul Evans retires from the post.
“It is with a sense of great pride that I take over the duties and responsibilities as Leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Carmarthenshire County Council,” said Cllr Emlyn Dole. “Although we are the largest political group on the Council, it is controlled by a Labour/Independent coalition which means that I take over from Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths as Leader of the Opposition. As I assume this responsibility, I would like to pay tribute to Peter’s leadership over the past eight years. During his tenure, the number of Plaid members has almost doubled, thanks in no small part to his strong leadership and total commitment. I intend to maintain that momentum and build on that foundation, by representing the views of the people of Carmarthenshire and their wish to hold the present council administration to account. It is a delight to lead such a talented team with its wealth of experience, all of which will be brought to to bear as we look towards a challenging future in local government.”
"It has been a privilege and a pleasure to lead the Plaid Cymru group through a period of growth on Carmarthenshire County Council,” said Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths. “We have developed to be a very effective Opposition, which gives voice to public concerns about the attitudes and controversial decisions made by the coalition Labour/Independent regime in County Hall."I extend by best wishes to Cllr Emlyn Dole and the energetic, experienced and capable team which Plaid has on the Council. The future is in safe hands."