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​​​​The Llywydd​

The role of Llywydd (Presiding Officer) is the single most important office in the National Assembly for Wales.​​


Llywydd Eiln Jones AM

The role of the Llywydd of the National Assembly mirrors the roles of Speakers and Presiding Officers in parliaments across the world. Though the exact responsibilities of the job may vary from country to country, and they may have different titles, the roles are similar.

The Llywydd chairs Plenary meetings, remaining politically impartial at all times. The Llywydd also plays an active role in representing the Assembly and Wales’s interests on a national, UK and international stage and chairs the Assembly Commission.

Each Llywydd brings his or her own unique personality and focus to the role. The current Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales is the Plaid Cymru Assembly Member, Elin Jones, her three priority areas are:

  • Making the Welsh Government more accountable to the Assembly and the people of Wales.
  • Making the work of the Assembly more relevant and topical by transforming the way in which we share information.
  • Maximising capacity and strengthening the Assembly by putting the people of Wales at the heart of Assembly decision making.

Keep up to date with the Llywydd by following @yLlywydd on Twitter. You can also contact her by emailing

Llywydd at BME histpry month event

Llywydd commits to establishing a youth parliament

The National Assembly's Llywydd, Elin Jones AM has outlined her intention to establish a youth parliament during the Fifth Assembly.

The Llywydd will consult young people in the creation of the youth parliament, adding "their voices must be heard" as part of discussions.

Find out more​


Watch the l​atest Topical Questions​

Introduced by the Llywydd, Members are now able to raise current issues durin​g Plenary through the Topical Questions or 90 Second Statements slots every Wednesday.​

Watch​ on YouTube

Follow the Llywydd's Twitter Account

Stay up to date with the Llywydd's work in the Fifth Assembly by following her official Twitter feed.

Follow the Llywydd on Twitter

Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform​

On 1 February 2017 the Llywydd announced the establishment of an Expert Panel to provide robust, politically impartial advice on the future capacity of the Assembly.​

Find out more about the Panel


Digital News and Information Task Force

How do we communicate the work of the National Assembly to a wider audience in Wales? 

Find out more

Keeping Order - Watch the event online

On 2 December 2016, the Llywydd met with the Speaker of the House of Commons for a live Q & A event.

Watch the recording of the event.

The Deputy Presiding Officer

Ann Jones AM has been elected as Deputy Presiding Officer of the Fifth Assembly.

Find out more about the role



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