PLAID CYMRU leader Leanne Wood has thanked supporters after her party won two out of four Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
The Party of Wales’ Dafydd Llywelyn has been elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Police, whilst Arfon Jones has become the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales Police. Plaid Cymru also had strong results in South Wales and in Gwent.
Party leader Leanne Wood said that Dafydd Llywelyn and Arfon Jones would work to deliver improvements in policing in the communities they will serve by increasing transparency and accountability in the police service.
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said told The Herald: “People in Dyfed Powys and North Wales police areas have voted for transparency and accountability in their public services. They have voted for the police to come under the jurisdiction of the Assembly. In all police areas Plaid Cymru has secured strong results, and I offer my particular congratulations to Dafydd Llywelyn and Arfon Jones on their success.
“These elections have been a success for Plaid Cymru. Whilst each of the other main parties in the Assembly lost ground, more and more people voted for Plaid Cymru because they trust us to always stand up for Wales and do what is right for our communities.
“We now have a renewed team of Plaid Cymru elected representatives all across Wales who are ready to work hard for the people of Wales every single day. Arfon and Dafydd will work tirelessly to ensure the full democratic accountability of the police through our elected representatives in the Assembly, as has been agreed by all parties in the Silk Commission process.”
Responding to his defeat in his bid for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys, Christopher Salmon said: “Securing a second term was always going to be hard. This was a tough fight. Whatever my personal disappointment, the important thing is that the public have had their say.
“I congratulate Dafydd Llewelyn on being elected. This is a fantastically rewarding job with huge potential to make a difference to our lives. I am sure he will come to see its value.
“I’m honoured to have been the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys. I hope I have been able to establish this role effectively and to leave behind a new office and governance arrangements which improve how the police can serve our public.
“I am privileged to have worked with many dedicated officers and staff who are so committed to their duty. I hope people will feel that I have done mine.”