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Welsh Labor Party wins Senedd election but falls one seat short of majority

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Welsh Labor leader Mark Drakeford looks set to dominate local politics for the foreseeable future

The Labor Party in Wales has retained power after winning 30 of the 60 available seats in the Welsh Senedd (Parliament).

The Conservative Party came second in the Senedd election with 16 seats, while the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru trailed closely behind in third place with 13 seats. 

The Welsh Liberal Democrats finished a distant fourth by managing to secure only one seat in the Senedd.

Although Labor is just one seat short of an outright majority, nonetheless its impressive victory means it has now held power in Wales – either as part of a coalition or a minority government – for the past 22 years.

Celebrating Labor’s best ever election result in Wales, party leader, Mark Drakeford, pledged that the next Welsh government would be both “radical” and “ambitious”.  

Meanwhile, a leading Labor MS (Member of the Senedd), Huw Irranca Davies, who has been re-elected in Ogmore, told BBC Wales (May 08) that it was now possible the party “could say we will now go it alone and govern in the interests of the people in Wales as Welsh Labor”.  

"To actually take 30 seats is quite a remarkable achievement and I don't think you will find anyone who said they saw this one coming", Davies proclaimed.

The prospect of Labor governing alone has also been implicitly raised by the Welsh Liberal Democrats after their leader, Jane Dodds, who has won the party’s only seat in the Senedd, said she will not be seeking a ministerial portfolio, unlike her predecessor Kirsty Williams.  




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