Following Labour’s stunning triumph at the local elections in Cardiff earlier this month, Peter Law has spoken to the leaders of the city’s opposition groups about their future
Judith Woodman has been appointed the new group leader of the Liberal Democrats in Cardiff after the party lost 18 seats.
The Pentwyn ward councillor was previously deputy leader of the council for eight years and takes over from former council leader Rodney Berman, who lost his seat.
Coun Woodman was elected leader by Cardiff’s 16 surviving Lib Dem councillors ahead of Adamsdown’s Nigel Howells.
Ed Bridges, who represents Gabalfa, is the new deputy group leader and Margaret Jones is group whip. A shadow cabinet will be announced next week.
Coun Woodman said: “We are going to be very strong in opposition.
“I am delighted that my group have put their faith in me – by the looks of things we are going to have a lot of fun in opposition.”
Plaid Cymru’s Assembly Members have been criticised by their party colleagues after the party lost four seats in the Cardiff council elections.
Group leader Neil McEvoy said the inability of Plaid AMs to “get to grips” with the First Minister over the issue of housing development had been “pivotal”.
Coun McEvoy, one of just two re-elected Plaid councillors, said: “We missed an open goal there because the First Minister is completely wrong.
“We did not pin him down and let him out of jail.”
Meanwhile, outgoing Lord Mayor, Delme Bowen, criticised the decision of Plaid leader Leanne Wood to boycott the Queen’s visit to South Wales before the election.
The Tories say that their “disappointing” losses, which saw them lose seven of their 16 seats, were a result of the national political situation.
Group leader David Walker, who has retained his leadership following the local elections, said: “I feel pretty certain it’s all down to the national situation.
“We fought the best campaign we have ever fought for local government in Cardiff and yet the results were worse than we achieved four years ago.
“I was surprised at Labour’s majority and I think they were too.”