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Neil Hamilton elected as Ukip assembly member in Wales

Neil Hamilton has become the sixth Ukip candidate to take a seat in the Welsh Assembly.

Nigel Farage's Ukip made history after winning their first place in the Senedd - despite the party being opposed to the Assembly's existence until 2013.

Neil Hamilton has been elected as Ukip Assembly member in Wales Credit: PA

Nathan Gill and Michelle Brown were selected for the North Wales regional list, Mark Reckless and David Rowlands were elected in in South Wales East, while Caroline Jones won a seat in South Wales West.

Hamilton, who is the party's deputy chairman, rose to fame implicated in the 1990s but later dropped out of the public eye when he was implicated in a cash for questions scandal.

Ukip wins first seats in Welsh Assembly

Ukip has won the party's first seats in the Welsh Assembly, with five members elected.

Nathan Gill and Michelle Brown were selected for the North Wales regional list, Mark Reckless and David Rowlands were elected in in South Wales East, while Caroline Jones won a seat in South Wales West.

Leader Nigel Farage recalled surviving a plane crash six years ago as he hailed the party's gains on Twitter.

Farage suffered serious injuries in the accident, which happened as he fought an unsuccessful bid to become MP for Buckingham. He later made a full recovery.

Ukip was opposed to the Assembly's existence until 2013.

Labour remains on course to retain power in the Senedd for a fifth successive term.

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Leanne Wood victory in Rhondda 'shock result of election'

Leanne Wood's victory in the Rhondda can be confidently called the shock result of this election, even with some seats still to declare.

Leanne Wood won the Rhondda by a significant margin. Credit: PA

The Plaid Cymru leader took a huge political risk by deciding to contest her home constituency, a decision she took when it was not certain that the option of standing on the regional list as well would be available.

Plaid Cymru did win the Rhondda in the first Assembly election, in 1999 but Labour had since rebuilt its vote and party organisation under Leighton Andrews, a formidable political figure, who will be a major loss to Labour.

He was expected to continue as minister for public services, driving forward controversial local government reforms.

Labour defeat in Rhondda a 'terrible loss'

Labour's defeat to Plaid Cymru in the Rhondda constituency is a "terrible loss", according to Lord Peter Hain.

Leanne Wood had a majority of over 3,000 votes Credit: PA

Leighton Andrews, Assembly for Wales member for Rhondda between 2003 and 2016, lost by a majority of over 3,000 to Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood.

The last time Plaid held the seat was in 1999.

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Anti-Semitism row: Labour suspends two more councillors

Miqdad Al-Nuaimi and Terry Kelly have both been suspended. Credit: Twitter/ Terry Kelly blog

The Labour party has suspended two more of its councillors over allegations of anti-Semitism.

According to a party spokesman both Miqdad Al-Nuaimi, a councillor in Newport, south Wales, and Terry Kelly, who sits on Renfrewshire Council, have been suspended "pending an investigation".

Labour suspends second councillor over Israel comments

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Labour has suspended a second councillor amid the party row over alleged anti-semitism.

The suspension of Blackburn with Darwen councillor Salim Mulla, a former mayor of Blackburn, came just hours after the suspension of Ilyas Aziz, a Labour councillor in Nottingham.

The Guido Fawkes website reported that Mr Mulla had shared a message suggesting Israel should be relocated to the US - the same post as Ms Shah which led to her apologising in the Commons and having the whip withdrawn.

Another post, from 2014, apparently showed footage of a Palestinian boy being arrested with a comment from Mr Mulla saying: "Apartheid at its best. Zionist Jews are a disgrace to humanity."

When asked for comment, Mr Mulla told blogger Guido Fawkes: "It was probably just forwarded to me.

"I don’t agree with Zionism at all. I have very, very many Jewish friends."

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