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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsWell, it's 10:30 on Friday the 6th of May, the morning after the electoral night before. And it was an interesting night. We started the night off with YouGov's on the day poll, which suggested that Labour were likely to lose quite a lot of support from 2011 but remain much the largest party. It also suggested that Plaid Cymru might just edge the Conservatives for second place and that UKIP would emerge as a significant force in the assembly. And that's pretty much how the results seem to have played out. We had quite a few interesting results along the way most particularly, I think, for the two female party leaders in the assembly.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsKirsty Williams had an extraordinary result in Brecon and Radnor, holding the seat with a sharply increased majority against most people's expectations, but looks almost certain to be leader of a party of one in the assembly now. Leanne Wood achieved singular achievement. She won the Rhondda in the only constituency to change hands last night with a very decisive victory over Labour's Leighton Andrews. More generally, I think we see now in this assembly Labour still very much the dominant party. We see the opposition to it, if anything, even more fragmented than it was before, even more unable to form an alternative government. You know, there's lots of detail in those results. We'll spend many happy months analyzing them.

Skip to 1 minute and 34 secondsBut the basic picture, I think, is mostly one of continuity, Labour remaining dominant, but some significant changes with Plaid overtaking the conservatives. And, I suppose, most obviously, the substantial move forward made by UKIP.

Election 2016 Wales Results

Roger Scully reviews the Welsh election results and gives an overview of the main election events.

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