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WELSH PARTY LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS 1998-2016

 

Plaid Cymru
Welsh Labour Party
Welsh Conservatives
Welsh Liberal Democrats

 

Plaid Cymru 2003-2012

2003   16 September  
All-member ballot First count Second count
  Votes % Votes %
Ieuan Wyn Jones 2,078 40.1 2,603 50.7
Helen Mary Jones 2,089 40.3 2,532 49.3
Rhodri Glyn Thomas 1,014 19.6 - -
Non-transferable - (-) 46 (0.9)
Turnout: 61%        
         
         
         
2012   15 March  
All-member ballot First count Second count
  Votes % Votes %
Leanne Wood 2,879 47.7 3,326 57.1
Elin Jones 1,884 31.2 2,494 42.9
Dafydd Elis-Thomas 1,278 21.2 - -
Non-transferable - (-) 221 (3.7)
         

 

Notes:
2003:
Ieuan Wyn Jones was elected by party members as leader of the Plaid Cymru group in the national assembly for Wales, with a separate position for leader of the party overall, known as the party president. However, a structural reorganisation in 2006 saw the leader of the assembly designated as the party’s overall leader, while the president would henceforth be the leader of the voluntary party. Jones became overall leader that year without the need for an election.
2003-12: Postal ballot of party members using alternative-vote system


Sources: Plaid Cymru HQ, private communication, 16 February 2011; Roy Jones, ‘Politicians’ pantomime’, Morning Star, 20 September 2003; BBC, 'Plaid Cymru elect Leanne Wood as new leader', BBC News, 15 March 2012.

 

 

Welsh Labour Party 1998-2009

1998   19 September  
Electoral college (1/3-1/3-1/3) Elected members % CLPs % Affiliates % Total %
Ron Davies 60.8 52.2 91.7 68.2
Rhodri Morgan 39.2 47.8 8.3 31.8
         
         
         
1999   20 February  
Electoral college (1/3-1/3-1/3) Elected members % Individual members % Affiliates % Total %
Alun Michael 58.4 35.7 64.0 52.7
Rhodri Morgan 41.6 64.3 36.0 47.3
         
         
         
2000        
Ad hoc ballot   9 February  
Rhodri Morgan Elected leader after being only candidate to be nominated
         
         
         
2009   1 December  
Electoral college (1/3-1/3-1/3) Elected members % Individual members % Affiliates % Total %
Carwyn Jones 50.9 53.7 51.3 52.0
Edwina Hart 28.3 25.3 33.9 29.2
Huw Lewis 20.8 21.0 14.8 18.8

 

Notes:
‘Leader’ is understood here as leader of the Labour Party group in the national assembly for Wales
1998: Elected members section consisted of Welsh Labour MPs and panel of 150 approved candidates for Welsh assembly; CLPs and affiliates sections used block voting, although party members were balloted
1999: Elected members section consisted of Welsh Labour MPs, MEPs and assembly candidates; individual members section used all-member postal ballot of Welsh Labour members, which Morgan won by 8,850 votes to Michael’s 4,903; affiliates section had no uniform procedures – some unions held ballots, others let their electoral-college delegates decide
2000: Morgan unanimously elected at meeting of the Welsh Labour Party’s executive committee and Labour assembly members
2009: Elected members section consisted of Welsh Labour AMs, MPs and MEPs; all-member postal ballots in individual members and affiliates sections. Alternative-vote system.


Sources: Press Association, 19 September 1998; T. Heath, ‘Alun Michael narrowly wins Welsh vote’, Independent on Sunday, 21 February 1999; P. Flynn, Dragons Led by Poodles: The Inside Story of a New Labour Stitch-Up (London: Politico’s, 1999), pp. 193-4; G. Gibbs and L. Ward, ‘Morgan pledges to heal Labour wounds in Wales’, Guardian, 12 February 2000; M. Shipton and D. Williamson, ‘It’s Carwyn’, Western Mail, 2 December 2009.

 

 

Welsh Conservative Party 1998-2011

1998 10 November
All-member ballot Votes %
Rod Richards 3,873 58.1
Nick Bourne 2,798 41.9
     
     
     
1999 18 August
Nick Bourne Declared leader after being only candidate to be nominated
     
     
     
2011 14 July
All-member ballot Votes %
Andrew R. T. Davies n/a 53.1
Nick Ramsay n/a 46.7
Turnout: 49%    

 

Notes:
‘Leader’ is understood here as leader of the Conservative Party group in the national assembly for Wales
2011: The Welsh Conservatives did not release full details of the results of the leadership election, with only percentages provided. The latter sum to 99.8%, which presumably means that the remaining 0.2% were spoilt ballots. The campaign manager of the defeated candidate, Nick Ramsay, claimed that the margin of victory was 153 votes. The present compiler contacted the Welsh Conservatives to request further information on the details of the result without success.


Sources: S. Buchanan, ‘Tory Rod’s victory attacked by rivals’, South Wales Evening Post, 11 November 1998; ‘Nick is Tories’ choice’, South Wales Evening Post, 19 August 1999; BBC, ‘Andrew RT Davies elected Tory Welsh assembly leader’, BBC News, 14 July 2011; B. Wright, ‘Davies elected new Welsh Tory chief’, Press Association, 14 July 2011.

 

 

Welsh Liberal Democrats 1999-2016

1998: assembly only 28 November
All-member ballot Votes %
Mike German 1,037 54.0
Christine Humphreys 883 46.0
     
     
     
2007: assembly & state party 5 November
Mike German Declared leader after being only candidate to be nominated
     
     
     
2008: assembly & state party 8 December
All-member ballot Votes %
Kirsty Williams 910 59.8
Jenny Randerson 612 40.2
Turnout: 69.4%    
     
     
     
2016: state party    
All-member ballot   7 May
Mark Williams Declared leader after being only candidate to be nominated

 

Notes:
There is no constitutional requirement for the leader of the Welsh state party of the Liberal Democrats to be an AM (s/he could also be an MP or MEP for a Welsh constituency). From 1998-2007, Mike German led the assembly group, but the state party had a different leader. The two posts were unified under a single leader in 2007 when Lembit Öpik, the leader of the state party, stepped down and German took over. German’s successor, Kirsty Williams, also occupied both positions.
2016: Williams confirmed as leader at meeting of Welsh Liberal Democrats' national executive committee. No assembly leader as only one Lib-Dem AM.


Sources: B. Walters, ‘Lib Dems choose assembly leader’, South Wales Evening Post, 30 November 1998; BBC, ‘Top Welsh Lib Dem job for German’, BBC News, 5 November 2007; D. Williamson, ‘Kirsty Williams, 37, elected to lead the Welsh Lib Dems’, Western Mail, 9 December 2008; T. Bodden, ‘Wales Kirsty is voted Lib Dem leader’, Liverpool Daily Post, 9 December 2008; BBC, 'Welsh Liberal Democrats name Mark Williams as leader', BBC News, 7 May 2016.


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