Ynys Môn AM loses Plaid leadership bid

Rhun ap Iorwerth has missed out in his bid to become the leader of Plaid Cymru.

The Ynys Môn AM was runner-up to Adam Price, the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr AM, in a three-way contest, which saw the end of Leanne Wood’s leadership after six years.

Adam Price

Mr Price beat Mr ap Iorwerth by over 1500 votes in the second round of voting, using an AV (Alternative Vote) system. Ms Wood was eliminated in the first round after finishing last.

Mr ap Iorwerth, a former BBC Wales journalist and presenter, has been Anglesey’s assembly member since 2013. He was the first to challenge Ms Wood to a leadership contest in July, hours before a biennial window closed, allowing Plaid AMs to launch a leadership contest.

After Friday’s result, he congratulated Mr Price and said: ”Now it’s about coming together under the new leadership of Adam Price to take forward that joint vision that we have of a new Wales, a new more confident Wales, out to the public and build towards the next assembly election.”

After the result was declared, Mr Price told party members in Cardiff: ”This election shows we are ready to lead again. Our time has come. Our message must be simple. Yes, Wales can. As the first openly gay man to lead any party in Wales…there will be no second class travellers on our journey to a prosperous, self-confident and independent Wales.”

Ms Wood left the declaration without comment but later tweeted congratulations to her successor.

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