The IWA Podcast looks at the results of the Welsh Assembly election 2016.
In the early hours of this morning we finally heard the full results of this year’s Assembly election.
While Labour remain by far the largest party they have fallen just short of an overall majority, but with a fragmented opposition and the rise of UKIP could avoid having to make a formal coalition agreement.
Despite going into the evening with confidence, the Welsh Conservatives failed to win any of their target seats and ended the night having lost three Assembly Members.
Plaid Cymru moved into second place in the Assembly, with a high point for the party being Leader Leanne Wood’s victory in Rhondda over Labour big beast Leighton Andrews.
The Lib Dems saw near wipeout for the party in the Senedd, with Leader Kirsty Williams being the lone representative of the party left in the Assembly. She’ll now face a difficult road in getting her voice heard, but could be a good ally for Labour in terms of one off deals and agreements.
It was a good night for UKIP in Wales with the party winning their first seats. They came away with seven in total, all on the regional lists. But the party has been marred with allegations of internal strife and there is some speculation that Leader Nathan Gill may not have the full support of his colleagues.
The latest IWA Podcast discusses these results and their implications. Jess Blair is joined by Owen Hathway of NUT, Daran Hill of Positif and Jac Larner from the Wales Governance Centre.
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