At his home in the Vale of Glamorgan Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies thanks supporters for re-electing him

At his home in the Vale of Glamorgan Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies thanked  supporters for re-electing him

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”.

Conservatives attacked the Welsh Assembly for being a "part time" institution that knocks-off at 5 pm on Tuesdays"

Conservatives attacked the Welsh Assembly for being a “part time” institution that “knocks-off at 5 pm on Tuesdays”

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 Leighton Andrews has been booted out

Labour’s Leighton Andrews has been booted out

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 .


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  1. Marcus says:

    Fantastic News – at last a chunk of hope!

  2. Big Davey says:

    Good to see the back of LA, complete hypocrite when it came to applying his policies to his constituency.

    • Ann Other says:

      You can say that again! He even demonstrated against the closure of a local school in the Rhondda that was closing as a direct result of HIS OWN POLICIES as Education minister, as he at that time was. Extraordinary. Absurd.

  3. ColinD says:

    I would have liked to see R.T go head to head with the waste of space that is Jane Hutt for the Vale seat rather than sit on his safe regional list. To be far to Ross England to take 3 thousand or so votes away from an established AM is not to shabby at all, perhaps R.T could have won it outright.. anyway just a thought!!

  4. Paul says:

    Marcus, hope of what?
    Seems to me that this election has been one where no real changes have happened, nothing to get excited about at all.

  5. Harry Herbert-Hyde says:

    What an election that was, I must admit I am really not to sure if I voted correctly, but is was very exciting none the less.
    The chap on the polling reception desk told me I had four votes, great I though, four chances of getting the Liberals into power.
    The Liberals sometimes get a bad press, but as the come from the same mould as the great Lloyd George they all can not be that bad.
    Today I am a bit sad the Liberals got just one seat in the Wales Forum and a women for that matter, but I suppose this is progress. I was surprised there was two elections for police chief. Do they share the job or what on earth happens if they don’t get on with each other.
    Good luck to them I say and don’t spend too much money.

    • ColinD says:

      If I’m not mistaken it was one vote for seat, one vote for party in the Assembly elections (separate papers) and then 1st and 2nd choice for PCC. If you were told 4 votes per ballot then you were miss-informed and your ballot was probably void,

    • pompousfruit says:

      I would have given them my second vote but for it being a wasted vote. Would have been good if Eluned Parrott had won in South Wales Central instead of UKIP.

  6. hopenotnasty says:

    I am so delighted that the new Labour government can now push on with local government reorganisation. The VOG will now merge with Cardiff. More efficient, less chief officers, less councillors, and better buying power.

    Opinion polls and pundits get it wrong again. Labour were expecting at least four losses to end up losing one is a tremendous achievement. It takes me back to the Thatcher years when she drove through the middle of opposition parties who could not get their act together.

    Much the same happened yesterday, plaid 12, cons 11, ukip7, libdems 1, Labour win with 29.

  7. Timothy Hughes says:

    Have to respect Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood for taking on the Labour incumbent and winning. Not sure why Andrew Davies doesn’t show the same leadership.

  8. penarthblog says:

    The voters have voted and as a LibDem it’s been a very bad night. But that’s democracy, I’ll continue to criticise those policies that I think are wrong, but praise those things that AMs get right.

  9. Huw says:

    with plaid beating them into 3rd his leadership will probably be coming into question very soon .

    • Lindsay says:

      Yep. Methinks Arty’s days are numbered. Poor electoral showing and failing to toe the party line on Europe.

  10. Chris Franks says:

    And a big welcome to Plaid’s Neil McEvoy Penarth’s newest AM.

  11. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Nice to see that despite their protestations that they are a major party in Wales Mr Slaughter’s green party getting slaughtered by the recently set up Abolish the Assembly party in the regional list vote.

    One has to wonder why the Green party is allowed such prominence in the media when it was trounced by a party that was allowed none. Surely this dreadful little gang of left wing greeny malcontents should be cast back into the ranks of the micro parties and denied the oxygen of publicity that fuels their delusions that they are a measurable force in Welsh politics.

    • Peter Church says:

      Yes the Greens got 3.0% and the Abolish the Assembly Party got 4.4%!!
      What are the Greens for I too ask myself, not to be voted for, seems the answer.

    • Timothy Hughes says:

      I think the reason is that the people that work for the Greens are not just politically active but also contribute to local society in other ways, Mr Slaughter being a good example of this. So even people who vote for other parties have an interest in what the Greens are saying. The Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party has no such credentials and so don’t carry the same level of public interest. I think you may not really want this answer as it looked a little like a retorical question.

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