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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsSo the Labour Party-- I think this has to be counted as a very successful election for the Labour Party given the apparently difficult context it was fought in. The UK-wide Labour Party not doing particularly well under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, and the Welsh Labour Party-- its record in government widely criticised-- and in this election, fighting against the background of their performance last time, which was so strong that they could almost not fail, but to lose ground in 2016. In that context, I think this is very much mission accomplished for the Labour Party. Yes, their vote share fell on both ballots by more than 5%.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsBut they've ended up with, it seems, only one seat loss net, the one which went to Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood. Other than that Plaid failed to challenge Labour in some of the marginal seats, the Conservative challenge to Labour, also in other marginal seats, was not effective at all. And I think the Labour Party, whether by a mixture of luck and good judgement and good planning, seem to have had an amazingly effective electoral strategy. They lost votes largely where they could afford to lose votes, but they got out just enough votes in a lot of their key marginal seats and in the mid and west Wales regional list to maintain 29 seats, a net loss of only one from last time.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 secondsSo Labour remain much the largest party in the Assembly, clearly going to be leading the government in the Welsh Assembly. Their supremacy in Welsh electoral politics remains unchallenged. In the last 38 Wales-wide electoral contest, this was the 37th time the Labour has come first.

Election Review - The Welsh Labour Party

Roger Scully reviews the election performance of the Welsh Labour Party.

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Scotland and Wales Vote 2016: Understanding the Devolved Elections

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