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Labour holds power in Wales after 'extraordinary' elections – results in full



Labour has retained power in Wales after the party saw off the Tories to win half of the Senedd seats.

First Minister Mark Drakeford will lead the Welsh Government after taking 30 of the 60 seats – just one short of an outright majority.

In a boost to the party after a gloomy showing in England, Welsh Labour defended its Red Wall seats from a Tory assault, losing only Vale of Clywd to the Conservatives.

Wrexham, Clwyd South and Delyn – which went blue at the Westminster elections in 2019 – were all held by Labour despite being targeted by the Tories.

Labour also seized Rhondda from Plaid Cymru’s former leader Leanne Wood, in a symbolic win.

The final tally put Labour on 30 seats, the Tories on 16, Plaid Cymru on 13 and the Liberal Democrats on 1.

Mr Drakeford can now decide whether to form a minority government or to lead a Labour-led administration with other parties.

The party hailed an “extraordinary set of results” in Thursday’s election, which it put down to Mr Drakeford’s leadership during the pandemic.

Mr Drakeford, who boosted his own majority in Cardiff West by 10,000 votes, said his administration would be “radical” and “ambitious”

Asked if he planned to continue his cautious brand of politics, he said: “Well, absolutely as far as coronavirus is concerned. The pandemic has not gone away.

“A government I lead will continue to follow the science to do what our medical advisers tells us we should do, and that does mean doing things in a way that continues to keep Wales safe.

“But on other matters, our manifesto is a radical manifesto with a host of ideas that are ambitious for Wales.

“I’ll be very keen to ensure that we give that the most powerful sense of momentum behind it to get those things happening here in Wales.”

Health minister Vaughan Gething, who also boosted his majority in Cardiff South and Penarth by 4,879 votes, said voters had rewarded Labour for its handling of the pandemic.

He said: “We’ve had to make life-changing choices that affected every single family in the country.

“The pandemic has thrust the First Minister in the spotlight, and most people like what they’ve seen in the way he’s handled the pandemic.”





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