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So far, so good, claim Plaid

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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

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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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Carwyn Jones announces plans for smacking ban after slap-down for UKIP

Carwyn Jones' nomination as First Minister was briefly delayed while the Presiding Officer heard objections from the UKIP AM Mark Reckless. He argued that Plaid Cymru should not be allowed to withdraw the name of its leader, Leanne Wood, without a further vote. But Elin Jones ruled against him.

Carwyn Jones said there would be no new legislation in the next hundred days, whilst the Assembly develops new procedures in line with the Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement. However he said there would in due course be a new law put forward to ban parents from hitting their children. It would abolish the defence of "reasonable chastisement". Carwyn Jones also said there would be a new Public Health Bill, replacing the one that was defeated at the end of the last Assembly. He did not say if it would include a fresh attempt to restrict the use of e-cigarettes.

Wales does not want for ambition. Wales does not want for brilliance. And if the last few days are anything to go by, Wales does not want for excitement either. It is our job, collectively, to make real that ambition. To turn that brilliance into sustainable success and growing prosperity for all. And where we have excitement, let’s make sure it comes with results. We have given the media, the Welsh historians, and the commentariat plenty of what they want – theatre and intrigue. It is time now to give the Welsh people what they want, and expect. Good governance, delivery and respect.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Plaid Cymru: Why we were right to block Carwyn Jones

The Plaid Cymru Group in the Assembly has set out its reasons for Leanne Wood challenging Carwyn Jones' nomination as First Minister,

On May 5th, Wales chose not to elect one single party to govern Wales with a majority. As is the convention, the biggest party were given an opportunity to reach an agreement on forming a government which could lead Wales with the support of the majority of members in the National Assembly. They took the decision not to pursue that option, and were not prepared to give the process of negotiation any further time. As a result, the Plaid Cymru group followed normal Parliamentary protocol and nominated Leanne Wood for First Minister. Carwyn Jones was informed of this decision yesterday. Since that time, and as far as Plaid Cymru is aware, there have been no formal discussions, agreements or deals pursued between any party. This afternoon, the Assembly failed to reach agreement on who should become First Minister and form the next government. It is now for the parties to discuss this matter further in order to seek the best outcome for Wales.

– Plaid Cymru Group Spokesperson
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