Compass Cymru – a political organisation comprising mostly members of the Labour Party and Plaid Cymru – is to charge members of the public £2 a head to attend its forthcoming “public debate” on the E.U. Referendum at the Paget Rooms, Penarth, on May 13th.
The meeting is to be chaired by Labour Party supporter and Cardiff University economist Gerry Holtham who was one of six left-wing academics who recently proposed that Labour voters should “give” their second vote in the Welsh Assembly Election to Plaid Cymru or some other “progressive” party .
The six said that in constituencies where Labour traditionally does well it “makes sense” for voters to “aid a progressive party like Plaid” . It’s an idea also being floated out by Labour Leader Carwyn Jones in the face of Labour’s declining opinion poll numbers – but Plaid Cymru has emphatically rejected the idea
Meanwhile, looking ahead at the European Referendum, “Compass Cymru’s” Penarth debate on May 13th is to “consider the progressive case” for remaining within the EU. Amongst the confirmed speakers to far is Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) and Neal Lawson of Compass . So far no other speakers have confirmed they will take part.