Mother’s thanks for mes­sages of sup­port

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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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