Wales politics

Jane Dodds is new Welsh Liberal Democrat leader

Jane Dodds (R) with ex-Welsh Lib Dem leaders Kirsty Williams and Lord German
Image caption Jane Dodds (R) with ex-Welsh Lib Dem leaders Kirsty Williams and Lord German

The new leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has been named as Jane Dodds.

She beat her only rival for the job Elizabeth Evans, taking 53.1% of the vote, after five weeks of campaigning.

Ms Dodds replaces Mark Williams, who stepped down after losing his Ceredigion seat in June's general election.

She said: "It's an absolute honour to be elected as leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats."

The party currently has no MPs in Wales; its only AM is Kirsty Williams, education secretary in the Welsh Government.

"Wales needs the Welsh Liberal Democrats more than ever," added Ms Dodds.

Ms Dodds received 587 votes, with Ms Evans getting 519. Turnout was 35.3%.

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