There were two By-elections in Gwynedd last night. and credit to Blog Menai for being so up to date with the result
Diffwys a Maenofferen
Catrin Elin Roberts, Llais Gwynedd - 153
Mandy Williams Davies, Plaid Cymru - 210
Olaid Gain from Llaus Gwynedd
This was the second Byelection in Diffwys a Maenofferen in this period Llais Gwyned had held the seat in a By-election in July 2010 when the result was
Llais Gwynedd 185 (50.5%; +1.2)
PC 181 (49.5%; +8.3)
[Lab 0 (0.0%; -9.6)]
Rhian Jones, Llais Gwynedd -233
Dafydd Thomas, Annibynnol (Independent) - 91
Gareth Thomas, Plaid Cymru - 515
This could have been a difficult one for Plaid as their former councilor, Dewi E Lewis, was jailed for theft of £53 000 from the post office he ran and you would normally have expected a Backlash. It is possible that there was some sympathy for Evans and acceptance that he took the cash to keep his business afloat.
Hpwever it was clearly a bad night for Llais Gwynedd and one wonders they will go the same way of Blanau Gwent Peoples Voice and the group in Torfaen. I suspect it will depend on how much in common they have apart from the school reorganisation issue and I suspect very little.
The result means that Plaid now have a overall majority on Gwynedd council.