2012 Plaid Cymru leadership election
The 2012 Plaid leadership election was held following the resignation of Ieuan Wyn Jones following the 2011 Assembly Elections. Following the election Jones originally stated that he would resign in the first half of the Assembly term. Nominations officially opened on 3 January 2012.
The leadership was fought by former Agriculture Minister Elin Jones, former party leader Dafydd Elis-Thomas and backbencher Leanne Wood. Simon Thomas declared his intention to run, but later withdrew in favour of Elin Jones.
The Guardian reported that 7,863 members were entitled to vote, which was an increase in membership of 23% over the preceding four-month period.
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Of the 11 Plaid Assembly Members, Elin Jones received the support of 6 (including herself), Leanne Wood won the backing of 3 (including herself) and Dafydd Elis-Thomas 1 (himself). Out going leader Ieuan Wyn Jones did not publicly back any candidate.
- Ieuan Wyn Jones to stand down as Plaid Cymru leader BBC News, 13 May 2011
- Plaid to name new leader from Lord Elis-Thomas, Elin Jones, and Leanne Wood BBC News, 15 March 2011
- Simon Thomas withdraws from Plaid Cymru leadership race and backs Elin Jones Wales Online, 6 February 2012
- Plaid Cymru membership increases by 23% The Guardian, 27 January 2012
- Plaid Cymru elect Leanne Wood as new leader BBC News, 15 March 2012
- Plaid Cymru leadership: Adam Price backs Leanne Wood BBC News, 9 January 2012
- Plaid Cymru leadership: Rhodri Glyn Thomas backs Elin Jones BBC News, 20 February 2012
- FFRED SUPPORTS ELIN JONES
- Plaid leadership 2: Democratic instinct is a resource for hope IWA, 23 February 2012