Funniest hustings moment tonight - seeing David Rowland, the UKIP candidate who's well into his seventies, wearing a hoodie! I must explain that it was for a photograph - we were all wearing tshirts or tops to show our support for the schools in powys. But he somehow ended up with the only hoodie! Priceless and he was very good humoured about it all.
Important debate tonight though - solely focused on education. Why bother debating an issue that's devolved you might ask? Well, there's still plenty for any MP to do on the matter, and here in Powys, ALL elected representatives will have to work together to save the schools.
During the day, I was canvassing in Kerry. And yes, response was again very positive. I even have a poster up in the local post office now! Progress!
Machynlleth tomorrow - will be at the Wynnstay from 10:30am and 11:30am so pop in for a chat if you're around. I'm more than happy to answer any questions!
Wel, hystings yr FSB oedd heno yn y Drenewydd. Gen i lot o barch tuag at yr FSB a dwi'n meddwl bod nhw'n wych am gyfathrebu gyda gwleidyddion a chodi ymwybyddiaeth ynglyn a'r problemau mae busnesau bach yn eu gwynebu. Byddwn yn falch iawn o weithio gyda nhw os ydw i ddigon ffodus i gael fy ethol.
Wnaeth Nick Colbourne ddim troi fyny yn anffodus, ac roedd nifer o bobl yn siomedig. Ond dyna ni - o leiaf roedd y gweddill ohonom yno i ddadlau a thrafod!
Fe wnes i fwynhau a dweud y gwir a cafwyd nifer o gwestiynnau difyr ynglyn a economi cefn gwlad, busnesau bach, twristiaeth a hyd yn oed adran gynllunio Powys! Mae'n amlwg bod pobl Maldwyn wedi cael llond bol o gael eu hanghofio gan lywodraeth Llundain a bod nhw wir angen AS wnaiff weithio gyda nhw i wella'r sefyllfa. Rhaid i ni gael buddsoddiad i wella'r cyfleusterau syflaenol megis band eang, cysylltiad ffon symudol, gwell trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus ac ati heb son am gefnogaeth i'r rhai hynny sydd eisiau ail-hyfforddi, dechrau busnes newydd neu ehangu busnes presennol.
Fe gafodd yr AS presennol ei herio cryn dipyn gan y gynulleidfa heno, a cafwyd ambell gwestiwn oedd yn anodd iawn iddo ateb. Pobl wir ddim i'w gweld yn hapus gydag o... Pwy fydde'n meddwl a phobl Maldwyn mor enwog am eu mwynder!
Cyn heno yma, fe fush i'n Ngholeg Powys bore yma yn siarad gyda myfyrwyr Welsh Bac. Fe wnesh i wir fwynhau cael trafodaeth gyffredinol ynglyn a gwleidyddiaeth gyda'r myfyrwyr, yn hytrach na jest trio eu perswasio i bleidleisio i'r blaid. Ond gorau oll os wnawn nhw yn y diwedd!
Elfyn yn wych ar Question Time heno. Da iawn fo! Dangos bod lle pendant i wleidyddion Plaid tua San Steffan!
It's been a bit crazy since Monday night. I've received a huge amount of emails saying the nicest things, and the response when out and about has been great. Well, apart from one lady who thought it was a disgrace I was standing as a candidate. She thinks women should stay at home raising children and not interfeer in politics! Very critical when I told her I had no husband or children, and that even if I did, I'd still be a candidate. So that's one vote I'll definitely not be getting!
Things are really hotting up, and I honestly have no idea how it's going to go here. I really do hope that Plaid Cymru can really stir things up and significantly increase our vote here. One thing's for certain, Mr Colbourne for Labour will struggle to find support after Monday night. He seems lovely, but came across as being very out of touch with local issues. And that has been picked up on.
There was another hustings in Montgomery Town Hall last night. It was an odd set up as we weren't allowed to challenge each other, and therefore it gave Lembit a platform to go on (and on) about how great he was and blatantly lie to the public about his record. I wish he'd stop trying to mislead people with made up statistics about what he's done in parliament. He's doing exactly what people are fed up of politicians doing - spinning things and tricking them with words. And we just had to sit there and listen to all the rubbish he was saying. Very annoying...
I was shattered last night, but feel re-energised again today. The sun is shining, all my leaflets have arrived and are ready to go to every house in Montgomeryshire and things are going well. Very well.
Sorry for the lack of video blogs - internet connection is annoyingly slow and I'm trying to come up with a solution so that I can post them up on the same day as I record them.
Can't believe that the election will take place two weeks tomorrow - time is flying by! Still plenty of doors to knock though, so I'll keep busy. One benefit of this election - I've already lost half a stone from walking so much! No much time to eat either, despite my grandmother trying to give me cakes all the time. So all good!
Well no video blog tonight as you've probably had enough of seeing me on the BBC debate if you were watching! I definitely enjoyed my first ever television debate - great fun, as was the Radio Wales phone in at lunchtime. It's a strange feeling to go up against two experienced politicians like Lembit and Glyn. Nothing was really expected of me, so I was able to relax and enjoy the programme. And stir things up a bit! Lembit was furious with me at lunchtime, and seemed rattled even this evening. Still didn't give a proper answer about going on a cruise though...
So to everyone who's sent me facebook and twitter messages, emails and texts this evening - thank you. I do appreciate your support. Let's hope people will finally realise that this isn't a two horse race between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives here in Montgomeryshire! There is another choice, and I hope tonight I've been able to prove that. Voters have until the 6th of May to make up their minds, so from now until then, I'm going to be out there fighting for every possible vote!
Wel, mi wnesh i fwynhau ddoe yn arw. Diwrnod gwych o ganfasio yn Llanfair Caereinion hefo Mike Allan a'r cynghorydd, Beryl Vaughan oedd i'w gweld yn adnabod pawb! Ymateb gwych unwaith eto, hefo pobl yn gofyn am bosteri a taflenni i'w dosbarthu. Allwn i ddim fod wedi gofyn am well! Dod ar draws nifer o bobl sy'n nabod y teulu i gyd a clywed ambell i stori ddifyr amdanyn nhw hefyd.
Beth oedd yn ddifyr ydi'r ffaith bod gymaint o bobl wedi son ynglyn a'r ddadl deledu da ni gyd fel ymgeisyddion Maldwyn yn cymeryd rhan ynddo nos Lun nesaf. Nifer wedi dweud mai fel yna gwnawn nhw benderfynnu sut fydda nhw'n pleidleision... Hmm, dim pwysau o gwbwl felly!!!
Ddoe hefyd y gwnes i roi fy ffurflen swyddogol i mewn a talu blaendal - felly mi ydw i'n ymgeisydd swyddogol. Dim troi nol rwan!
Neithiwr, fe fush i mewn digwyddiad hynod o ddifyr yn y Plas yn Machynlleth - Dathlu Dyfi. Noson i ddathlu biosffer Bro Ddyfi ynghyd a'i diwylliant. Awyrgylch anhygoel, a llu o berfformiadau gwahanol, o lefaru i gerdd dant. Codi hiraeth arna'i braidd am y dyddiau pan o'n i'n llefaru a chanu ond eto'n falch dros y gynulleidfa nad ydyn nhw'n gorfod gwrando arna'i yn gwneud hynny erbyn rwan!
Dyffryn Tanat fyddi hi heddiw yma. Edrych ymlaen i weld rhai o fy mhosteri caeau a gardd sydd wedi dechrau mynd i fyny neithiwr. Fydd hi'n od iawn gweld fy enw ar draws y Sir ond mae angen a hithau'n etholiad.
Well, what did you make of it all? Personally, I feel like I've had an overkill of politics tonight - hour and a half debate, then all the analysis. Enough to make your head spin!
I was appalled by the complete lack of understanding about devolution displayed by all three leaders, and the lack of references to either Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Though it didn't surprise me, it did mean that what we got was an England only debate. I'm sorry, but this just isn't good enough if you're running to be Prime Minister of the UK! Bring on the referendum is all I say. Definitely made me long for an independent Wales where none of the three would have a say in our future!
Nick Clegg certainly came across well this evening, but then again, he has nothing to lose really and can afford to be confident. David Cameron was a nervous wreck and seemed out of his depth, whilst Brown was not as bad as I expected. Apart from the cheesy/ scary smiles occasionally! None of them inspired me though. Three men in suits, speaking in sound bites and coming across as out of touch on a number of issues... In the words of Shania Twain - that don't impress me much!
I'm looking forward to hearing the Wales debate next week - it will be a welcome change as we'll actually get a chance to hear what the parties will do for Wales! Time I think to switch off from it all and catch up on some sleep before hitting the campaign trail again tomorrow. Looking forward to it!
Last night was great - first hustings of the formal campaign organised by Newtown Action on Climate Change. The Environmental 'Question Time' was an opportunity for Glyn, Lembit, Nick Colbourne (Labour) and myself to give our views, not just party lines, on a whole range of Green issues, both global and local.
There was a fantastic turnout and people were certainly keen to challenge all of us. It was my first time meeting the Labour candidate, and to be honest, I felt sorry for him. He seems like a decent man, but he had no grasp on local issues - nor Labour policy! Also, most of his points related to Wrexham unfortunately which is a shame considering he's running in Montgomeryshire.
As you would expect, Lembit had an opportunity to promote the Segways once again. Personally, I just can't see how the Segway is a viable option for Montgomeryshire. Surely, a more practical solution would be to strengthen public transport links and have more cycle paths?
Overall, it was a lively debate with me holding oppositve views to the other three on many of the issues! It's always a gamble, but I think my honesty paid off. A considerable number of people came up to me at the end saying they'd never have considered voting Plaid until last night, but that I now have their support. Some even asked for Plaid posters and leaflets!
It was the same kind of reaction I had when canvassing Carno, Caersws, Trefeglwys and Clatter yesterday. I know politicians always like to big up their campaigns, even when things are going badly, but honestly the response was far better than I expected. These are not traditional Plaid areas but I cameacross plenty of first time Plaid voters who are looking for change. If it carries on like this, I could be very happy on the election night!
Off to Bro Ddyfi today and hope to leaflet and speak to a considerable number of people. Can't wait!
A constituent from Montgomeryshire sent me this as a PDF yesterday, and I thought those of you who don't live in the county would like to see it for yourselves.
Glyn and mine's are fine I think -focused on why we want to be the next MP for Montgomeryshire and what issues would be important to us.
I find Lembit Opik's one to be bizarre. Surely, it's a weak argument to suggest that it takes eight years for an MP to learn the ropes. Is that an excuse for not achieveing a great deal up to now? Surely, no one can deny the fact that Adam Price has made a huge impact in his short time at Parliament?
Also, I must tackle this hard working line. Asking the most written questions isn't always the best thing, unless the questions you ask are relevant to your constituents or are important to the UK as a whole. In fact, each one costs a lot of money to the taxpayer and personally I' d prefer that money not to be wasted on asking questions just for the sake of asking questions. As the constituent who sent me this PDF said in his email, a number of the latest questions relate to either devolved issues or ones that have no bearing on Wales - no less than four questions relating to traffic in Greater London. And don't get me started on the number of questions about Segways...
And what about the speaking line... Yes, it's true that he speaks a lot. But nearly all are interventions. He walks into the chamber, makes an intervention, and walks out. Rarely does he stay for full debates. In fact, other MP's have even started stating that he does this for the record in Westminster because he does it so often. Because of this, some of his contributions don't even make sense as he hasn't been following the debate or they are points that have been raised previously. So I don't buy that line either.
Incidenteally, I still haven't received an answer to my question asking if he's repaid the salary he received whilst being on a cruise when parliament was sitting. I think it's safe to now presume he didn't...
No one expects perfection or saintly behaviour from an MP, but they do expect to be represented properly. And yes, I have criticized Mr Opik for trying to be a celeb rather than a politician mainly because he's missed votes in parliaments and meetings in Montgomeryshire when earning more than double his MP's salary giving interviews, appearing on Saturday Night Takeaway or going on cruises. A fair critiscim I think!
So, I look forward to the election if these are the kind of lines I'm going to hear at hustings. Glyn and I can focus on issues, Lembit can go on about the fact he's not a saint. Should be fun!