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Welsh first minister welcomes Ukip's Neil Hamilton

Newly elected to the Welsh Assembly, Ukip member Neil Hamilton shook hands with Wales first minister Carwyn Jones outside the Senndd building.

The sight of the first minister welcoming Mr Hamilton would have been an unusual one for the Welsh electorate.

The former member of the Conservative party lost his seat in 1997 after becoming embroiled in the cash for questions scandal, but has now found himself back in public office as representative for Mid and West Wales.

Mr Hamilton, along with another former Tory, Mark Reckless, were among seven UKIP AMs elected via the regional lists.

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Labour secures fifth successive Welsh Assembly term

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones. Credit: Press Association

The Labour Party is preparing for a fifth successive Welsh Assembly term after winning 29 seats from a possible 60 following the declaration of the last result - in an election which also saw UKIP claim its place in the Senedd for the first time ever.

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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