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New leader takes charge of Plaid Cymru for Carmarthenshire Council

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

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GWENDRAETH Valley Minister Emlyn Dole is the new Plaid Cymru leader on Carmarthenshire Council.

The 57-year-old (pictured), who has represented Llannon since 2008, will take charge of the 28-strong group.

He is married to singer Gwenda Owen and is part-time minister of three independent churches in the Gwendraeth Valley. Councillor Dole has also been a BBC producer and director and has worked in the fields of translation and public relations.

He has chaired the social care and health scrutiny committee for the past two years. He takes over from Peter Hughes Griffiths, who led the Plaid group for eight years.

New deputy Plaid leader is David Jenkins, of Glanamman, in succession to Tyssul Evans who is retiring. "It is with a sense of great pride that I take over the duties and responsibilities as leader of the Plaid Cymru group," said Mr Dole.

Although Plaid is the largest political group, he also becomes opposition leader on the council, which is run by a Labour and Independent coalition.

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