Wednesday 24 May 2017

Labour top in Wales but short of majority

Dean Gray

LABOUR emerged victorious in the Welsh Assembly elections yesterday -- but narrowly missed out on securing an overall majority.

Carwyn Jones's party comprehensively beat its rivals, winning 30 of the Senedd's 60 seats.

But it was unable to get to the magic figure of 31, which would have resulted in Labour being able to form a majority government.

Yesterday's poll result saw Labour increase its Assembly Members (AMs) from the 2007 local election by four, and former coalition partner Plaid Cymru slip into third place after shedding four seats.

The Conservative Party endured a "bittersweet" morning, managing to increase its number of AMs by two but losing leader Nick Bourne after he was defeated in the Mid and West Wales region.

And the Liberal Democrats, who endured a torrid time in the Scottish and English local elections, managed to pull themselves back from the brink, with five of their members returning to the Siambr -- the same number it had before the Assembly went into recess.

Labour leader Carwyn Jones, who retained his seat in Bridgend, said: "Thirty seats is a good result -- we've made gains across Wales.

"To get up to 30 seats with the electoral system we have is quite an achievement.

"The task now is to make sure we are in a position to form a Labour-led government, because that's what the people of Wales have shown they want."

Irish Independent

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