2000 Plaid Cymru leadership election

The 2000 Plaid Cymru leadership election was held following the resignation on health grounds of Dafydd Wigley.[1]

2000 Plaid Cymru leadership election

 1991 31 May 2000 (2000-05-31) – 3 August 2000 (2000-08-03) 2003 
Candidate Ieuan Wyn Jones Helen Mary Jones Jill Evans
First round 4,834 798 598
Percentage 77.6% 12.8% 9.6%

Leader before election

Dafydd Wigley

Elected Leader

Ieuan Wyn Jones

Wigley had led the party since 1991 and saw them make a surprise breakthrough in the 1999 Assembly elections winning 17 seats and almost a third of the popular vote.[2]

The role of leader, at this point, was combined with the role of Party President.

Three candidates stood. MEP for Wales Jill Evans, Ynys Mon AM and MP Ieuan Wyn Jones and Llanelli AM Helen Mary Jones

The contest was won by Ieuan Wyn Jones with 77.6% of the vote in the first round.[3]


Candidate Votes %
Ieuan Wyn Jones4,83477.6
Helen Mary Jones79812.8
Jill Evans5989.6


  1. Plaid Cymru leader steps down BBC News, 13 May 2000
  2. Plaid makes breakthrough BBC News, 17 May 1999
  3. Plaid Cymru picks Ieuan Wyn Jones by a landslide The Independent, 3 August 2000