Leanne Wood to lead Plaid

Leanne Wood
Leanne Wood was considered the outsider when the leadership race began Photo: Plaid Cymru

Leanne Wood has been named the new leader of Plaid Cymru. She won 55 per cent of the vote. Elin Jones, who was also in the running, came second with 41 per cent. The least popular candidate, Lord Elis-Thomas, was knocked out in the first round of counting.

Wood will be the first female head of the party. She takes over from Ieuan Wyn Jones, who stood down after Plaid fell into third place in last May's Asssembly elections. She's an avowed republican who's boycotted visits by the Queen in the past. She's strongly pro-independence, and was the only candidate from a non-Welsh-speaking background.

This campaign has not been about individuals. It has been about a vision - a programme, a set of connected politics. Our task now is to build on the work of all of those who have gone before us. We may be small, as a party and as a country, but we can stand tall if we stand together and we stand up for our principles. The election is over, now the real work begins. I may not be the leader of the official opposition, but I intend to lead the official proposition, the proposition that another Wales is possible. So here's my message today to the people of Wales: we are your party, the people's party, of Wales, for Wales. Join us. Help us to re-build your community. Help us to re-build our economy. Together we'll build a new Wales that will be fair, a new Wales that will flourish and a new Wales that will be free.

– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader