Plaid hold Anglesey seat

Plaid Cymru has retained its Welsh Assembly seat in Ynys Mon, denying Labour the chance of a Senedd majority. Former BBC presenter Rhun ap Iorwerth polled almost three times more votes than his nearest rival, Labour's Tal Michael.

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New Plaid AM 'humbled and overwhelmed'

Plaid Cymru's newest AM, Rhun ap Iorwerth says he's 'humbled and overwhelmed' by his resounding victory in the Ynys Môn by-election.

The real work starts today. I am passionate about building a brighter future for the people of the island, where I was raised and where I am raising my family. I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support that I have received. I am committed to being a strong local voice for the people of Ynys Môn. I will grasp with both hands every opportunity to push for action to boost our economy and create jobs on the island.

I also look forward to working with Leanne Wood and my Plaid Cymru colleagues to ensure that we become the biggest party in Wales.This is a pivotal time for Anglesey, and I will work from the outset to deliver a brighter future for Ynys Môn.

– Rhun ap Iorwerth, Plaid Cymru

Ynys Môn by-election result official figures

Anglesey council has tweeted the official figures in the island's by-election.

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Ynys Môn result as follows... Rhun Ap Iorwerth PC 12601 Stephen Churchman LD 309 Neil Fairlamb Con 1843

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Nathan Gill UKIP 3099 Kathrine Jones Soc Lab 348 Tal Michael Lab 3435

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Plaid supporters in celebratory mood

by Nick Powell
Plaid Cymru supporters, Llangefni
Plaid Cymru supporters, Llangefni Credit: ITV Cymru Wales, Nick Powell

A crowd of Plaid Cymru supporters have gathered at the entrance to the Llangefni Leisure Centre where the count is taking place. Until their candidate Rhun ap Iorwerth appeared to cheers, they sang loudly, including a chorus of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau but also a song mocking UKIP.

Nigel Farage's party are the only rivals likely to steal any headlines from Plaid Cymru. They seem to be on course for at least third place and appear to be running Labour close for second place at this stage in the count.

Ynys Môn state of play

by Nick Powell

There was a 42% turnout in the Ynys Mon by-election, down on the 49% at the last Assembly election but considered pretty respectable for a by-election in August.

As the count continues and the votes start to pile up next to the candidates' names, predictions of a comfortable win for Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth are growing more confident. Labour's Tal michael is expected to come second but there is clearly strong support for UKIp's Nathan Gill.

The Tories are expected to save their £500 deposit, which is lost by candidates who fail to win at least 5% of the vote. The Liberal Democrat and Socialist Labour candidates aren't expected to see their money again.

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