Adam Price replaces Leanne Wood as Plaid Cymru leader

From BBC News: Adam Price has won the Plaid Cymru leadership contest, taking nearly 50 per cent of the vote.

The assembly member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr defeated Rhun ap Iorwerth and former leader Leanne Wood in a ballot of party members.

Despite leading the party for six years, Ms Wood came last.

In his victory address at the Novotel in Cardiff, Mr Price said: “This election shows we are ready to lead again. Our time has come.”

He told party members: “Our message must be simple. Yes, Wales can.”

The AM is the first openly gay assembly party leader in the history of the institution and leads the third largest group in the Senedd, behind Labour and the Tories.

Mr Price, who has vowed to put independence at the core of his party’s message, said: “There will be no second class travellers on our journey to a prosperous, self-confident and independent Wales.”

“We must become the hope of those without hope.”

Mr Price paid tribute to former leader Leanne Wood.

“She has inspired thousands with her drive, her resilience and her unending commitment to the causes that she and we hold dear,” he said.

The leadership election began in the summer after Ynys Mon AM Mr ap Iorwerth and Mr Price challenged Ms Wood for her job.

Adam Price took 49.7% of first preference votes (2,863), while Rhun ap Iorwerth took 28% (1,613) and Leanne Wood 22.3% (1,286).

After no candidate reached 50%, Ms Wood was knocked out and a second count began with the second preference votes of her supporters redistributed.

This gave Mr Price 618 more votes and Mr ap Iorwerth 348.

In the final totals, Mr Price beat Mr ap Iorwerth by 3,481 votes to 1,961.

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