The 2003 Plaid Cymru leadership election was held following the resignation of Ieuan Wyn Jones after a disappointing showing in the 2003 Assembly elections where the party fell from 17 to 12 seats.
Ieuan Wyn Jones had led the party since 2000. Ieuan Wyn Jones initially resigned but then decided to contest the leadership election, he was challenged by Helen Mary Jones whom he had defeated three years previously, as well as Rhodri Glyn Thomas.
Candidates and EndorsementsEdit
- Dafydd Elis Thomas, former Plaid Cymru President and AM for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
- Elfyn Llwyd, MP for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
- Dafydd Wigley, former Plaid Cymru President
- Hywel Williams, MP for Caernarfon
- Dafydd Iwan
- Cllr Lindsay Whittle, Caerphilly Council Leader
|Candidate||First round||Second round|
|Ieuan Wyn Jones||2,078||40.1||525||2,603||51.7|
|Helen Mary Jones||2,089||40.3||443||2,532||49.3|
|Rhodri Glyn Thomas||1,014||19.6|
Turnout was around 61% of Plaid's estimated 8,500 members.
- Plaid leader resigns BBC News, 8 May 2003
- "Has Wigley scuppered Ieuan's ambitions of winning party battle?". Daily Post. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
- Ieuan and Iwan for Plaid BBC News, 15 September 2013
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- "Ieuan win". Daily Post. Retrieved 16 August 2022.