After the overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote in the Assembly powers referendum – handing the Assembly more power than ever before – who were the winners and who were the losers at the May 2011 Assembly Elections?
The Labour Party failed to hit the magic 31 number to secure a majority, but have decided to go it alone as the party of government in Wales. Labour leader Carwyn Jones has been sworn in as First Minister.
The Conservative Party became the second largest party at the Assembly but lost its leader at the election. The race to become the party’s new leader has already begun with a number of AMs in contention.
Plaid Cymru had a disappointing election, losing seats and falling from second to third largest party. Plaid’s leader, Ieuan Wyn Jones, has already declared his intention to stand down. The timing of leadership election is yet to be decided by the party.
The Liberal Democrats were expected to face a tough challenge at the ballot box this time round but did better in Wales than their colleagues in local elections over the border in England. The Lib Dems lost one Assembly seat in Wales.
The Assembly results were: Labour 30 seats (up 4), Conservatives 14 (up 2), Plaid Cymru 11 (down 4), Liberal Democrats 5 (down 1 and other down 1.
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