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By Robert Dalling

Leader of Carmarthenshire Council and Plaid in the county Emlyn Dole has lost his seat. The politician was standing in the Llannon election where there were two seats available.

He received 561 votes, but was surpassed by his fellow Plaid Cymru candidate Llinos Mai Davies who received 568 votes, and Labour's Dot Jones, who received 594 votes.

Mr Dole has spent 14 years elected as a county councillor and seven of those as leader. You can follow the latest updates from the Carmarthenshire Council local elections by clicking here.

READ MORE: Wales local election 2022 live updates: Results, polls, reaction, winners and losers as votes are counted

Speaking to WalesOnline following the shock result, Mr Dole said: "It is a feeling of disappointment. The thing with elections, it's in one moment and out the next. That's the reality of elections - it's the will of the people. I have spent 14 years in the county council and half of that leading it. We have always said to people, if you win, do it with good grace, and if you lose, do it the same.

"I'm comfortable losing to Llinos, she is a Plaid Cymru member and she is a young lady. What we have been trying to do is make Plaid more representative of the electorate. It is great for Plaid, she is a young female with great energy and a will to achieve, I'm really pleased about that.

"In Llannon there is two seats but there were seven candidates. You tend to find that happens when it is a leader's ward. It has been an absolute privilege and an hour, the privilege of my life to lead the Plaid group and the council. I hope in that time with good will and vision I have made a difference. I am sure that will continue onwards with Plaid."

Discussing where it leaves the Plaid leadership and the leadership of the council going forward, Mr Dole said that Plaid must elect at their AGM, which takes place three days before Carmarthenshire Council's AGM.

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