The Liberal Democrats are quite rightly celebrating the gain of a Plasnewedd seat on Cardiff Council in a Byelection
Among the casualties was Rodney Berman the then leader of the Council,
|Robin Thomas Rea||Welsh Liberal Democrats / Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru||1258||48%||Elected|
|Peter Wong||Welsh Labour||910||35%||Not elected|
|Glenn Charles Page||Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales||177||7%||Not elected|
|Munawar Ahmed Mughal||Welsh Conservative Party||115||4%||Not elected|
|Michael David Cope||Wales Green Party / Plaid Werdd Cymru||93||4%||Not elected|
|Lawrence Gwynn||UKIP||62||2%||Not elected|
However it os on a seat that they really would have has to win if any revival was to come about
In 2012 they lost all of their four Plasnewedd seats in a Labour Landslide throughout the city
|Rodney Berman||Liberal Democrats||1362||10%||Not elected|
|Geraldine Nichols||Liberal Democrats||1314||9%||Not elected|
|Richard Jerrett||Liberal Democrats||1297||9%||Not elected|
|Elgan Morgan||Liberal Democrats||1286||9%||Not elected|
|Tony Matthews||Green||535||4%||Not elected|
|Askor Ali||Plaid Cymru||505||4%||Not elected|
|Mohammed Hannan||Conservative||434||3%||Not elected|
|Edward Parish||Plaid Cymru||344||2%||Not elected|
|Ian Mullis||Plaid Cymru||338||2%||Not elected|
|Enid Harries||Conservative||232||2%||Not elected|
|Hannah Moscrop||Conservative||193||1%||Not elected|
|Aled Jones-Pritchard||Conservative||174||1%||Not elected|
|Marc Gonzalez||Labour||171||1%||Not elected|
It is interesting to note that Mr Berman did not stand this time as did none of the defeated candidates in 2012..
This is I believe the first gain from Labour by any Party since 2012 in a series of Byelections in which the ruling group has faced constant scandal and internal fighting.
Indeed this Blogger has been amazed how they managed to hold these seats .
From a Plaid point of view although Plasnewedd seems to appear to be disappointing if a similar pattern emerges in which the previous major challenging o Labour were to win .
This could see gains In Fairwater ( where they hold one seat) Creigau and Riverside and if things went really bad for Labour Ely and Canton..You can see the previous ward results here.
Some have suggested an electoral pact for the Council elections between Plaid and the Libdems in the wards were either party is first or second o Labour.
Would it work maybe not as people see through it
But irrespective of Labour UK squabbles the people of Cardiff surely need something better than the current Labour group .