Rhun ap Iorwerth has been announced as the new leader of Plaid Cymru and faces the tough job of getting the party back on track after a misogyny and harassment scandal.

Despite strong calls within the party for the new leader to be a woman, ap Iorwerth was the only candidate who put his name forward.

Ap Iorwerth, who represents Ynys Môn (Anglesey) in the Senedd and is a former journalist, was a deputy leader until Adam Price stepped down as head of the party last month.

When he announced his intention to stand for leader, he said the pro-independence Welsh party was at a crossroads and faced serious challenges over its culture.

Price, heralded as a “once-in-a-generation” leader, resigned after a report found a culture of sexual harassment, bullying and misogyny and made 82 recommendations of ways to “detoxify” the party.

Price’s predecessor as leader, Leanne Wood, was one of those who said the next leader should be a woman, saying they would be better placed than a man to understand misogyny.

But two of ap Iorwerth’s potential rivals, Sioned Williams and Siân Gwenllian, said that though they agreed with Wood, they would not be standing and would campaign for a new leadership model to help ensure equality.

Ap Iorwerth was born in south Wales, brought up on Ynys Môn and educated at Ysgol David Hughes on the island and at Cardiff University, where he graduated with a degree in politics and Welsh. He is married and has three children.

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