Thanks to Bill Chapman for the update on the Deganwy ward by-election on Conwy councilas he points out, this is a traditional Conservative seat.
Although the previous incumbent was an Independent they already hold the other two ward seats and Plaid did well here
Plaid 327 (28.7; +28.7)
Lab 142 (12.5%; +12.5)
Ind 74 (6.5%; -42.6)
UKIP 57 (5.0%; +5.0)
LD Terry James 53 (4.7)
Ind 49 (4.3; +4.3)
Con gain from IndPercentage change since May 2012
And thanks to ALDC amd no thanks to the Council website . In the in Cyfarthfa ward on Methyr Council Labour gained the seat from Independents where a a split vote may have helped them and they now hold all three seats in the ward.
Lab 385 (33.0; -4.9)
Ind 364 (31.2)
Ind 289 (24.8)
Plaid 101 (8.7; -9.0)
Con 26 (2.2; +2.2)
Lab gain from Merthyr Independents
Percentage change since May 2012
In the other elections (Yawn)
Iy was Independents candidates who made the news. Winning surprise victories in the police and crime commissioner elections, with a former police officer and a former judge winning two of Wales’ four posts.
In an election marred by low turnouts, Labour were beaten in Gwent, Dyfed-Powys and North Wales, with Wales’ former First Secretary Alun Michael the party’s only candidate to win a seat in Wales dashing party activists’ hopes of a clean sweep.
Even Mr Michael was forced into a second count, after the former MP for Cardiff South and Penarth failed to reach a 50% majority in the first round of vote counting.
The turn out in Wales was under 15% so I suspect we wont see any Tories questioning the legitimacy of Assembly elections or referenda in the future.
It must surely , be the end Labour’s Christine Gwyther standing for any post going after she who was defeated in Dyfef Powis where Conservative candidate Christopher Salmon beat with a majority of 1,114 votes in a straight fight and on can only wonder if an Independent had stood whether he or she would have easily one this.
As I said I would do I spoilt my paper unfortunately I can't find the details of spoilt ballots.
One good thing may come out of the result Labours failure to win all four Welsh seats .
It may encourage them to call for devolving these powers . A cynical move but it would be for the best rather than this piss-poor pseudo democratic attempt