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Friday, May 02, 2008

How Wales was Won

The local elections in Wales have been pretty good to the Conservatives. The party picked up an additional 59 councillors, giving a total of 173 - more than the Lib Dems for the first time since the unitary structure was introduced. Labour remained the largest party, with Plaid second in terms of councillor numbers. However, there are now more Independent councillors than any single party can muster.

In terms of council control, things are looking even better for the Conservatives, who are now the joint largest party with Labour, both parties controlling two councils each. All of the other councils are either under No Overall Control or Independents hold the majority of seats - so we will have to wait and see whether those Independents work with each other or selected other parties.

In addition to holding Monmouthshire and gaining the Vale of Glamorgan, the Conservatives gained representation in many councils across Wales. Even Rhondda Cynon Taff now has a Tory representative!

The full results across Wales:


Tory Lab Lib Dem Plaid Other
Anglesey 2 5 2 8 23
Gwynedd 0 4 5 35 30
Cardigan 0 1 9 16 16
Pembrokeshire 5 5 3 5 42
Carmarthenshire 0 12 1 31 30
Swansea 4 30 23 1 14
Neath Port Talbot 0 37 4 11 12
Bridgend 6 27 11 1 9
Vale of Glamorgan 25 13 0 6 3
Cardiff 17 13 35 7 3
Rhondda Cynon Taff 1 45 4 20 5
Merthyr Tydfil 0 8 6 0 19
Caerphilly 0 32 0 32 9
Newport 16 19 6 2 1
Torfaen 5 18 2 3 16
Monmouthshire 29 7 5 2 5
Bleanau Gwent 0 25 2 0 15
Powys 9 4 15 0 45
Wrexham 5 11 12 4 20
Flintshire 9 22 11 1 26
Denbighshire 18 7 1 8 13
Conwy 22 7 4 12 14
Wales 173 352 161 205 370

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