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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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UKIP 'taking advantage of Labour's weakness in Wales'

As Wales prepares for its National Assembly elections on May 5th, a political wind of change may be sweeping through the country.

UKIP is beginning to take advantage of a sense among some people that traditional parties - especially Labour - are not delivering.

UKIP's support has grown largely based on its campaigns around the EU and immigration, leaving spectators wondering what the outcome of the vote will be.

ITV News Wales & West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

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