Labour makes big gains in Wales defeating ex-Plaid Cymru leader

Party unseats Leanne Wood in Rhondda and holds on to key Senedd Tory targets despite electoral woes

Despite Labour’s woes elsewhere, the party exceeded even its own expectations in Wales, holding on to key Senedd seats the Tories had targeted and defeating one of the most well known figures in Welsh politics, the former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.

Mark Drakeford, whose cautious approach to the Covid crisis as first minister has proved to be one of the party’s bestselling points, said he would wait until all results were in on Saturday before he turns his mind to forming a new Welsh government.

Speaking after extending his Cardiff West seat’s majority by more than 10,000 votes, Drakeford said: “No party has ever won a majority in the Senedd. It’s very hard to find those extra couple of seats. But we will be far closer to it than I think anybody imagined we would be.

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