Wales politics

Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood names 'strong' shadow cabinet

Plaid Cymru assembly members May 2016
Image caption Plaid Cymru has displaced the Conservatives as the official opposition in Cardiff Bay

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has named her team of shadow ministers, with newly elected Adam Price given the key portfolio of business, economy and finance.

Llyr Gruffydd will handle education, Rhun ap Iorwerth health, Simon Thomas energy and Bethan Jenkins housing.

Lord Elis-Thomas's duties include government liaison and the Wales Bill.

Ms Wood said: "This is an excellent, strong team to deliver for people and communities in Wales."

The party is now the official opposition to Labour in Cardiff Bay, after beating the Conservatives for second place at May's election.

There are shadow cabinet jobs for all the new Plaid Cymru AMs, including Sian Gwenllian with responsibility for local government, and Neil McEvoy, who will speak on sport and tourism.

Dai Lloyd, who returns as an AM after a five-year break, has been named as Plaid assembly group chair and will also speak on culture and infrastructure.

Steffan Lewis will be responsible for external affairs, non-devolved matters, police, criminal justice and social protection.

Image caption Ceredigion AM Elin Jones is the assembly's new presiding officer

Earlier in May, Elin Jones was elected presiding officer of the assembly to succeed Dame Rosemary Butler, who stood down at the election.

Ms Wood said she wanted Plaid Cymru to be "the most effective opposition" in the assembly's history.

"This team has the ability, drive and experience to live up to that promise," she said.

"Together we are looking forward to holding the government to account and for making the most of the opportunities that will arise over the next five years.

"We have already demonstrated to the minority Government that they cannot act as if they have a majority."

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