The BBC have announced that he former leader of Plaid Cymru, Ieuan Wyn Jones, is to stand down from his Ynys Mon seat, triggering a by-election, BBC Wales understands.
He is expected to announce he is standing down for a new career away from politics.
Although it is no surprise that he intends to stand down as Ynys Non AM it is that he intends to leave early and not wait until the next Assembly elections in 2016.
He may have been influenced by Plaids good showing in the recent Anglesey Council elections.
|Party name||Seats won||% of votes|
|Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales||12||32%|
|Annibynnol / Independent||9||20%|
|Welsh Labour / Llafur Cymru||3||17%|
|Welsh Liberal Democrats / Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru||1||5%|
|Independent / Annibynnol||1||3%|
|UK Independence Party / Plaid Annibyniaeth y DU||0||7%|
|Welsh Conservative Party Candidate/Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru||0||6%|
The last election saw Ieuan Wyn with a comfortable 12:2 Majority over the Conservatives
|Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Ynys Môn|
|Plaid Cymru||Ieuan Wyn Jones||9,969||41.4||+1.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Rhys Taylor||759||3.2||−0.2|
|Plaid Cymru hold||Swing||−7.3|
|Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Ynys Môn|
|Plaid Cymru||Ieuan Wyn Jones||10,653||39.7||+2.3|
|Labour||Jonathan Edward N. Austin||4,681||17.4||−6.4|
|Conservative||James Paul Robert Roach||3,480||13.0||−15.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Mrs. Mandi L. Abrahams||912||3.4||−4.9|
|UKIP||Francis C. Wykes||833||3.1||+2.2|
P laid should be confident of winning here but probably be wary of the Conservatives who can argue that they are the main opposition to Labour in the Assembly and Labour poor showing in the Council elections are unlikely to be repeated in the forthcoming by election
After all they hold the Parliamentary seat
|General Election 2010: Ynys Môn |
|Plaid Cymru||Dylan Rees||9,029||26.2||−4.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Matt Wood||2,592||7.5||+0.7|
Attenton now will turn to Party Nominations ,
Helydd Fychan may well have been a leading choice for Plaid but she has recently announced that she is seeking the nomination for the Arfon seat
This will be risky for Plaid but a comfortable win will boost the party immensely but a loss could be disastrous so expect Labour in particular to pull out the stops.
The By election will not be for a few months so eyes will be on the Island for a while