The leader of the Conservative Party in the Welsh Assembly Andrew R T Davies has been re-elected as an AM for the South Wales Central constituency – which includes Penarth.
The four elected representatives for South Wales Central are now Andrew RT Davies (Conservative), Gareth Bennett (UKIP), Neil McEvoy (Plaid Cymru) and David Melding (Conservatives). The party took a total of 11 seats in the Welsh Assembly. Davies says “It is a huge privilege to be elected to serve the people of South Wales Central once again”.
The Labour Party has failed to secure a majority in the Welsh Assembly and has continued the huge decline in its support which has been in evidence in recent years. The unusual characteristics of the Assembly’s complex voting system however continues to give Labour a built-in advantage and has enabled the party to hold on to 29 of the 60 seats in the Assembly.
Labour’s worst defeat came in the Rhondda where the party’s unpopular local government minister Leighton Andrews – who wanted to force the merger of the Vale of Glamorgan Council with Cardiff – lost out to Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood . Plaid ended up with 12 seats
Labour’s UK leader Jeremy Corbyn said he wanted to “congratulate the Labour Party in Wales for its excellent results”.
Meanwhile UKIP – which attracted many disillusioned Labour voters – has won 7 seats in the Welsh Assembly and amongst those now taking their seats in Cardiff Bay will be veteran Westminster politicians Neil Hamilton and Mark Reckless .
The Liberal Democrats retained only 1 seat – that of party leader Kirsty Williams who now not only continues as the Leader of her party but is also its sole AM in the Welsh Assembly .