Welsh party Plaid Cymru elected a new leader and he is gay

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Out Welsh Assembly Member Adam Price has been elected as leader of Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru. The new leader, who is openly gay, served as an MP in 2001-2010 and had a seat in the Welsh Assembly in 2016. The vote makes him the first out politician to take leadership of a major political party in Wales, though in 1998, Labour’s candidate to become the first First Secretary for Wales, Ron Davies, was outed in press against the will. Price’s leadership indicates a rapid transformation for the country considering that fact that there were no out politicians in the Welsh Assembly until 2016. Stepping into the new post the politician said: “Firstly, my thanks to Leanne Wood for her hard work since 2012 and to her and Rhun ap Iorwerth for such a good campaign. Secondly to those who supported me, and all our party’s members for taking part in the election. Thanks, then, to the party’s staff for administering the election so well and arranging all its events. The work of all of us starts today. By rolling up our sleeves together, we will now win a new Wales.”

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