Saturday, 4 May 2013

Plaid have nothing to Môn about.

One of the things that may emerge from yesterdays result is Ukip may well be seen as purely an English party from now on.

They mat have made impressive gains in the Elections over the Border but in the election held ion The Island of Anglesey council they barely surfaced.
Election results by party
Party nameSeats won% of votes
 Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales1232%
 Annibynnol / Independent920%
 Welsh Labour / Llafur Cymru317%
 Independent25%
 Welsh Liberal Democrats / Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru15%
 Independent / Annibynnol13%
 Annibynnol12%
11%
 UK Independence Party / Plaid Annibyniaeth y DU07%
 Welsh Conservative Party Candidate/Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru06%
Turnout:51%

The result could be that the three Labour Members become power brokers but the alternative to becoming coalition partners with Plaid would mean al the 14 Independents would have to come together and since it has been them who have been fighting like Kilkenny Cats over the last number of years it seems to be unlikely unless there's a stop Plaid move. 

The problems on the council had led to led to the boundaries redrawn and the number of councillors  reduced to 30 .

Previously   there had been 40 distributed with consideration of the vagaries of Independent affiliations thus.
Group affiliation[6]Members
Original Independent14
Plaid Cymru8
Labour5
Llais i Fôn5
Unaffiliated8
 Total40

 I don't know what the current crop of Independents  stand . But it does look like Plaid who made a remarkable 4 gains despite the reduction of 10 seats will lead the council.

You can forgive the London media when they are drooling over Ukips surge but the Welsh media should be pointing out this was a very good result for Plaid.and their Leader who had used the Menai bridge as a backdrop for her last political broadcast.

Not so good was the byelection  on Caerphilly Council where Plaid failed to exploit the recent troubles of the ruling Labour party

CAERPHILY BOUROUGH COUNCIL: RISCA EAST.

CandidatePartyVotes
Cliff EDWARDSIndependent209
Matthew FARRELLPlaid Cymru – The Party of Wales119
Philippa LEONARDWelsh Labour/Llafur Cymru529 - ELECTED
Cameron MUIR-JONESWelsh Conservative Party Candidate Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru36
Bob OWENIndependent299




It was also Labour who  swept home in Bridgend despite Peter Black heavily involved in the Liberal Democrats

BRIDGEND COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL\; LLANGEWYDD & BRYNHYFRYD ELECTORAL DIVISION


NAMES OF CANDIDATES
ENWAU’R YMGEISWYR
Number of votes recorded
Pleidleisiau a fwriwyd
(Elected: (E) ) (Etholwyd: (E) )
NAME / ENW Description / Disgrifiad

BERROW Tony


Welsh Liberal Democrat


143

DAVIES Siân


Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales


34

HUGHES Eric

Independent


66

LEWIS Clare Joyce


Welsh Conservative Party Candidate


44

SMITH Charles Emrys


Welsh Labour/Llafur Cymru

E
281


So Plaid make a significant  move forward on Anglesey but Labour seemed dominant.in the South. .

Though the two by-elections were not in Wards where Plaid had much success and we may have to wait for a by-election in a marginal ward to see the true position.

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