COUNCILLOR Dyfrig Siencyn has been re-elected Leader of Gwynedd Council at the first full Council meeting (May 19) following the recent local elections.

As Gwynedd Councillor for the Dolgellau (Gogledd) ward, Councillor Siencyn has been Leader of the Council since 2017, and leads the Plaid Cymru group on the Council.

On his re-election by his fellow members, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said: "It is a privilege to be re-elected to lead Gwynedd Council, and I look forward to working with my fellow members and Council officers over the coming years.

“I am delighted that there is a significant increase in the number of women on the Council as well as a number of new young members, all of whom will bring new experiences and perspectives that will enrich our work as a Council.

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“There is no doubt that all of the members will make a contribution and I look forward to working with and having discussions with my fellow councillors across the Council for the benefit of Gwynedd's communities.

"I would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution made by the number of councillors who retired or who are not returning in 2022 - we owe them a debt of gratitude for their hard work and commitment to public service over the years.

"I now look forward to establishing the Council's new Cabinet and to working with all councillors on the task ahead to contribute to the creation of a prosperous Gwynedd, a caring Gwynedd, a confident Gwynedd and a Welsh-speaking Gwynedd.”

In the same meeting of Gwynedd Council, Councillor Elwyn Jones (Penisarwaun) was elected Chair of Gwynedd Council, with Councillor Medwyn Hughes (Canol Bangor) as Vice-Chair.

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A Gwynedd Councillor since 2017, Councillor Elwyn Jones has served on several committees during this time.

On his election as Gwynedd Council Chair, Councillor Jones said: “It is a great honour and a privilege to be elected as Chairman of Gwynedd Council and I look forward to serving all of Gwynedd’s residents during the coming year.”

Councillor Siencyn will announce members of the Council's Cabinet over the coming weeks.