The Libdems cut Plaid Cymru's majority to just 13 votes in a contest for Bangor's Glyder seat at Gwynedd County
Gwynedd County - Glyder: Plaid Cymru 207, Lib Dem 194, C 65, Lab 60. (May 2008 - Plaid Cymru 357, Lib Dem 197). Plaid Cymru hold. Swing 13.1% Plaid Cymru to Lib Dem..
Though clearly the swing d is misleading as the LibDem vote actually fell by 3 and Plaid seem to have lost votes to Lanour and the Conservatives.
However it must have come as shock to Plaid to nearly lose the seat to the LibDems who however currently hold 2 seats in neighboring Menai bangor.. Nevertheless this result gives Plaid an overall majority on Gwynedd Council which may have been an factor in this by-election.
I have no knowledge of the campaigning, but if I was in one of the other parties I would have argued that it might be a good idea to vote for them stop Plaid from gaining overall control.
There is also a vacancy in Diffwys and Maenofferen division if Gwynedd after the resignation of Llais Gwynedd councillor Richard Lloyd Jones. I suspect that Llais Gwyndd may in some ways prefer for Plaid to now be in overall controll and will use this argument in the forthcoming byelection and next May claiming Plaid are now totaly responsible for any unpopular decisions.
There will also be a byelection on Torfaen county borough council: Tuesday 26 July in Snatchwood division after the death of Independent councillor Tom Gould. . Note the day it seems this becoming more common to hold byelections on days other than the traditional Thursday is why this is so I have no idea. If you have let me know
There was one other Byelection in Wales this week
Cwmamman Town Council Carmarthenshire by-election result
Plaid 192 , Labour 144 votes
Plaid gain from Labour.