Firstly Penydarren on Merthyr saw Labour gain from Ukip one of the handful of seats in Wales.
|Mccarthy John Allan||Labour Party / Llafur Cymru||257||31%||Elected|
|Baker Thomas Kerry||Independent||235||29%||Not elected|
|Barsi Clive George||Independent||228||28%||Not elected|
|Griffin Bob||Welsh Liberal Democrats - Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru||62||8%||Not elected|
|Murphy Kimberly Sian||Welsh Conservative Party||40||5%||Not elected|
Ukip failure to put up a candidate in a seat they were defending maybe reflects their lack of strength in wales but then Plaid failed to put up a candidate in surely the sort of ward it needs to make an impression if it is to capture the long sort "Valleys Vote"
|Neil Greer||UK Independence Party||588||16%||Elected|
|David Isaac||Labour Party / Llafur Cymru||569||16%||Elected|
|Clive Barsi||Independent||438||12%||Not elected|
|John Allan McCarthy||Labour Party / Llafur Cymru||435||12%||Not elected|
|Jaz Johal||Labour Party / Llafur Cymru||337||9%||Not elected|
|Kerry Baker||Independent||315||9%||Not elected|
|Maria Regan||Independent||230||6%||Not elected|
Although this was a gain for Labour a split Independent vote probably allowed them in and as in Aberaman North last week came very close to losing. Both results can hardly be seen as an endorsement of the party
Plaid also failed to suply a candidate for the other Byelection Th for Mostyn on Flintshire
Pam Banks (Lab), 191
Richard Pendlebury (Con), 27
David Roney (Ind), 205 (elected)
Liz Soutter (UKIP) 80
In 2012 in a strait fight the Independent won the seat comfortably
Patrick Heesom 385 67% Elected
Robert Dowie Labour / Llafur 188 33% Not elected
Interestingly despite gaining a combined vote of less than 100 in all three recent byelections the Conservatives have like Labour managed to fight all the byelections.
Are they testing the water to se if their attack on the Welsh assembly Government is working
In recent weeks the prime minister has attacked the Labour Welsh Government’s record on NHS waiting times and the now sacked Education Secretary Michael Gove had blasted the performance of Welsh schools.
Is it working? The evidence suggest not an iota.