2017 Welsh Liberal Democrats leadership election


The Welsh Liberal Democrats leadership election took place during the autumn of 2017 and was won by Jane Dodds, who defeated Ceredigion Councillor Elizabeth Evans in a closely fought contest.[1][2]

2017 Welsh Liberal Democrats leadership election

 2016 September 25 – October 28, 2017 Next 
 
Candidate Jane Dodds Elizabeth Evans
First round 587 519
Percentage 56.5% 43.5%

Leader before election

Kirsty Williams

Elected Leader

Jane Dodds

Following the 2017 general election the party's leader, and only MP, Mark Williams lost his Ceredigion seat by 104 votes. Because of this he stood down as leader later that day.

His predecessor as leader, Kirsty Williams, took over as interim leader, but announced she wouldn't be a candidate in the forthcoming leadership election.[3]

Jane Dodds was declared the winner with 56.5% of the vote on 3 November 2017.[4]

Candidates


Candidate Born Electoral History Endorsements
Jane Dodds 23 September 1963
(age 54)
Wrexham
Contested Montgomeryshire in the 2015 and 2017 UK General Elections and Montgomeryshire in the 2016 National Assembly for Wales Election.

Richmond upon Thames Councillor for North Richmond 2006[5] to 2010.[6]

Jenny Randerson, Baroness Randerson,
Joan Walmsley, Baroness Walmsley,
Martin Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gresford
Elizabeth Evans 23 February
Aberaeron
Contested Ceredigion in the 2011 and 2016 National Assembly for Wales Elections.

Ceredigion Councillor for Aberaeron since 2008.[7]

Peter Black,[8]
Mark Williams[9]

Close of ballots was 5PM on 30 October 2017.[2]

Result


Candidate Votes %
Turnout:
35.2%
Jane Dodds 587
56.5
Elizabeth Evans 519
43.5
Total 1,106

[4][10]

References


  1. David Cornock (17 September 2017). "The leadership contest no-one is talking about". bbc.co.uk. BBC News.
  2. "Party Elections". www.welshlibdems.wales.
  3. David Cornock (17 September 2017). "Vince Cable 'optimistic' despite Welsh Lib Dem woes". bbc.co.uk. BBC News.
  4. "Jane Dodds is new Welsh Liberal Democrat leader". BBC News. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  5. http://www.richmond.gov.uk/media/5409/results04may2006.pdf
  6. "Election results for North Richmond, 6 May 2010". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  7. "Councillors & Committees". Ceredigion County Council. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  8. "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  9. "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  10. Adrian Masters (3 November 2017). "Welsh Lib Dem leadership result: Jane Dodds 53.1% Elizabeth Evans 46.9% 35.2% turnout". Twitter.com. Retrieved 4 July 2018.