Following the recent rule changes to open up leadership of the Welsh Liberal Democrats so that approved candidates rather than just Parliamentarians can stand, Jane Dodds – victim of a nasty election smear in 2012 – has now been elected the new leader:
It is an honour to have been elected as the next leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats – to focus my energy on bringing like minded people together to rebuild our party and to re-establish the Welsh Liberal Democrats as the radical, progressive force of Welsh politics.
I’d like to thank Liz Evans for running an excellent campaign and giving members a vital opportunity to discuss our next steps as a party. I’d also like to pay tribute to Mark Williams and Kirsty Williams for their unwavering commitment to our party.
Wales needs the Welsh Liberal Democrats now more than ever. Wales needs the progressive, pragmatic, and reforming voice of Welsh Liberal Democrats in the Assembly and in Westminster to give us an exit from Brexit, a fresh look on creating more and better paid jobs, protecting our environment, and delivering on Kirsty Williams’ education reforms.
We have been down, but we aren’t out, and I’m confident of what lies ahead for my party.
Jane Dodds won with 53.1% of the vote in a two candidate contest against Elizabeth Evans, who secured 46.9%. Turnout was 35.2%.
She takes over from Mark Williams.