Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Welsh First Minister Is Ready to Quit over Losses

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Welsh First Minister Is Ready to Quit over Losses

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LABOUR'S Welsh leader Rhodri Morgan was today considering quitting after his party was set to be forced into coalition in the Welsh Assembly.

First Minister Mr Morgan had vowedto resign if Labour did badly and said he would "know in my bones" if it had.

Labour was on course to fall short of a majority in the 60-seat assembly. It is likely to form a coalition, with the Liberal Democrats, or possibly Plaid Cymru.

After the results of 48 seats had been announced, Labour had 24, down five, Plaid Cymru, 10, up three, the Conservatives, eight, up two, the Lib-Dems unchanged on five, and one independent.

Labour had 32 per cent of the vote, down 8.5 per cent, the Tories were up by between one and two per cent to 20 per cent, as were Plaid, up to 23 per cent.

The Lib-Dems made more modest gains to 16 per cent.

Ogmore Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies said: "It has been a tough night, but it hasn't been the meltdown some pundits forecasted."

LABOUR'S Welsh leader Rhodri Morgan was today considering quitting after his party was set to be forced into coalition in the Welsh Assembly. …

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