ASSEMBLY Member for Wrexham, Dr John Marek, has launched a political party for Wales and called it Forward Wales - Cymru Ymlaen.
Dr Marek and his fellow members held a meeting at the weekend and have now established 10 founding principles for the party, which has been described as a party of the sensible centre-left.
The party already has 60 members in Wrexham, with more in other areas, and Dr Marek is expecting branches to open in other places very soon.
He said: 'I think many people will be attracted to our principles and I already know of many people who wish to stand for election as councillors.
'We want to get away from the leadership culture and we don't want centralist control.
'Councillors are elected by the people to represent their ward and I am sure that Forward Wales - Cymru Ymlaen candidates will be of an independent mind. Their first duty will be to represent their ward in the town.'
Among the party's principles is the belief that Wales should have parity with Scotland within the current constitutional arrangements in the UK and should enjoy no fewer powers than other nations or regions in future arrangements.
The party seeks to reduce the variations of wealth and opportunity within the UK and to secure levels of public spending that reflect the relative levels of economic prosperity between Wales and other parts of the UK.
It has pledged to co-operate with other political parties in Wales, the UK and Europe and to support peace, freedom, world development and social justice.
The party is committed to maintaining public services and supporting special measures throughout Wales to nurture the Welsh language. For more information about Forward Wales - Cymru Ymlaen call (01978) 314085 or call in to Dr Marek's office at 67 Regent Street, Wrexham.