2003 Plaid Cymru leadership election

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.[1]

2003 Plaid Cymru leadership election
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  Ieuan Wyn Jones 2011 (cropped).jpg Helen Mary Jones AM.jpg Rhodri Glyn Thomas (5804285537).jpg
Candidate Ieuan Wyn Jones Helen Mary Jones Rhodri Glyn Thomas
First round 2,078 2,089 1,014
Percentage 40.1% 40.3% 19.6%
Final round 2,603 2,532
Percentage 51.7% 49.3%

Leader before election

Ieuan Wyn Jones

Elected Leader

Ieuan Wyn Jones

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.

Voting closed in 15 September, with the results announced at Cardiff's St David's Hall on September 18.[2]

The contest was narrowly won by Ieuan Wyn Jones in the final round with 2,603 votes, against Helen Mary Jones' 2,532.[3][4]

Candidates and EndorsementsEdit

Ieuan Wyn JonesEdit

Supporters included:

Helen Mary JonesEdit

Supporters included:

Rhodri Glyn ThomasEdit

Supporters included:

ResultsEdit

Candidate First round Second round
Votes % Transfers Votes %
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
Total 5,181 100 968 5,135 100

Turnout was around 61% of Plaid's estimated 8,500 members.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Plaid leader resigns BBC News, 8 May 2003
  2. ^ "Has Wigley scuppered Ieuan's ambitions of winning party battle?". Daily Post. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  3. ^ Ieuan and Iwan for Plaid BBC News, 15 September 2013
  4. ^ "WELSH PARTY LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS 1998-2012". tquinn. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Ieuan win". Daily Post. Retrieved 16 August 2022.