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So far, so good, claim Plaid

Credit: Plaid Cymru

Some significant targets for Plaid Cymru are councils where counting is only just getting underway. Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly and Anglesey are all places where the party is looking to gain power. The result in Gwynedd, the only council where Plaid is defending an overall majority won't be known until later, and the same is true in Carmarthenshire, which Plaid Cymru runs in a coalition with the independents.

So far it looks positive for Plaid Cymru with our stronger areas yet to be announced.

We have broken new ground in all parts of Wales from Aberavon to Blaenau Gwent, and from Bridgend to Wrexham. It’s also good to be holding and gaining seats where we have run councils like in Ceredigion, with our strong record on running public services despite the onslaught of cuts.

The story of the night seems to be Plaid and Tory gains versus Labour and UKIP losses. I look forward to seeing the results of the remaining counts across the country.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

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Plaid leader calls for new PM to face voters

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood says there should be an early UK General Election, on the grounds that Theresa May doesn't have a democratic mandate. Ms Wood claims that the expected appointment of the new Conservative leader as Prime Minister "shows a disregard for democracy".

It is a matter of principle that the most powerful political position in the UK should be elected to his or her role as a result of a fairly contested election.

That is why I support an immediate UK-wide election to allow people to have their say as to who they believe is best placed to lead the UK through these testing, challenging times.

With Labour and the Tories engulfed by chaos and division, Plaid Cymru is putting forward the vision and values needed to take our country forward.

Plaid Cymru politicians would never abdicate their responsibilities to people in Wales in the same way as Brexit's so-called leaders have.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party must now campaign for Welsh independence

Leanne Wood made her call for independence in an interview for tonight's Wales at Six Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party must now campaign for Welsh independence, rather than be part of a UK outside the European Union. In an exclusive interview with ITV Cymru Wales Political Editor Adrian Masters, she's revealed that she's calling a special party conference to prioritise a campaign for Welsh independence.

Even though this situation was not of our making, Plaid Cymru believes that redesigning the current UK is the only option. A new union of independent nations working together for the common good.

This is a huge challenge that we face. All of us, whether we voted in or out should be prepared to be bold and confident in being able to forge a new, strong, inclusive, outward-looking future for our nation.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

Until now, Plaid has only regarded an independent Wales as a long term aim but Leanne Wood argues that the vote to leave the European Union has "changed everything". She argues that as Scotland and Northern Ireland could leave the UK, Wales must not become what she calls "a forgotten part of a right wing England and Wales".

Opinion polls have rarely shown support for independence above 10% and Leanne Wood acknowledges that she's setting her party a huge task. She also claims that as an independent nation, the Welsh people would want to be part of the EU, although there was a majority in Wales for UK withdrawal.

  • You can see Leanne Wood's interview with Adrian Masters on Wales at Six at 6pm on ITV Cymru Wales.
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