Mother’s thanks for messages of support
STEFFAN Lewis’s mother has thanked all well-wishers following the death of the Plaid AM from bowel cancer.
Gail Davies thanked those who had sent kind messages to the family after the 34-year-old politician lost his battle against the condition last Friday.
The dad of three-year-old Celyn and husband to Shona died at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach.
It was just a year after he was diagnosed with the disease.
Mrs Davies, of Tredegar, said: “I can’t really express the pain and loss we are feeling in losing Steff.
“We feel, however, completely wrapped in love because of your messages, which are giving me, Shona Neil, Nia, Sian and Dylan great comfort.”
Her message follows a family tribute to the politician, who began his career as an elected politician in 2016.
The tribute published last week described Mr Lewis as “our rock, he was our anchor and most certainly, our hero. Above all Steffan was a loving husband, father, son and brother.”
They said Mr Lewis fought the disease with the same courage and determination that he applied to his politics.
During his short elected career he became Plaid’s Brexit spokesman, leading the campaign against the “power grab” by Westminster of competencies that were due to transfer from the EU to the Assembly.
He pushed the Welsh Government to back the Continuity Bill, whose aim was to achieve that, working closely with Mark Drakeford, the Labour Minister whose responsibilities included Brexit.
Plaid leader Adam Price also paid tribute to Mr Lewis, who he described as a “politician of rare talent who achieved an incredible amount duribng his time in elected office,l which has been cut short in such harrowing circumstances.”
As a sign of respect the flags at National Assembly buildings were lowered last Friday and a book of condolence made available in the Senedd.
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