Saturday, 29 July 2017

Welsh Local Government Make up

The  BBC have presented us with a useful map to show the power structure  on our local councils

Wales council map

Its a bit misleading Labour have only 7 Councillors in Pembroke-shire and the Tories 9 in Wrexham so they are very much Junior partners . Whilst Plaid are only a few seats short of a Majority in Carmarthen , Ceredigion and the Isle of Anglesey ( When are they going to be just Ynys Mon?)

These data were last updated on 9 May 2017.
CouncilMajorityRun byWebTotalLABPCCONLDGRNOtherVacantLast change
Blaenau GwentINDINDURL42131000280Election, 4 May 2017
BridgendNOCLAB...URL542631110130Election, 4 May 2017
CaerphillyLABmajURL73501800050Election, 4 May 2017
CardiffLABmajURL75393208020Election, 4 May 2017
CarmarthenshireNOCPC...URL742236000160Election, 4 May 2017
CeredigionNOCPC...URL42120080131Election, 4 May 2017
ConwyINDIND...URL598101640210Election, 4 May 2017
DenbighshireNOCCON...URL47139161080Election, 4 May 2017
FlintshireNOCLAB...URL70340650250Election, 4 May 2017
GwyneddPCmajURL75141010320Election, 4 May 2017
Isle of AngleseyNOCPC...URL30214010130Election, 4 May 2017
Merthyr TydfilURL33140000163Election, 4 May 2017
MonmouthshireCONmajURL43100253050Election, 4 May 2017
Neath Port TalbotLABmajURL64431501050Election, 4 May 2017
NewportLABmajURL50310122050Election, 4 May 2017
PembrokeshireINDINDURL60761110350Election, 4 May 2017
PowysNOCIND...URL737219131301Election, 4 May 2017
Rhondda Cynon TaffLABmajURL75471841050Election, 4 May 2017
SwanseaLABmajURL7246082090Election, 4 May 2017
TorfaenLABmajURL44290400110Election, 4 May 2017
Vale of GlamorganNOCCON...URL47144230060Election, 4 May 2017
WrexhamNOCIND...URL52123920260Election, 4 May 2017

Independents now control two councils but not as you could expect rural areas but Labour heartlands  of Merthyr and Torfaen.

But despite numerous scandals and what in the rest of the UK last May Labour have preserved much of their hegemony actually gaining seats in Cardiff and Caerphilly they are (apart from Independents) the only Party to have members on every Welsh Council

The one party that can look at the above Map and data with gloom are the Liberal Democrats . Once in power in Cardiff and Swansea they are hardly registering in local Welsh local Government only getting into double figures  in Powys . Though only just in Gwynedd, Ynys Mon and Ceredigion.

There are too many councils with no Plaid councillors and they do not at the moment look to be reaching their former heights in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly.

But who knows? Plaid have not been helped by benefiting from a protest vote against Labour  in power in Westminster.

But that is the problem Plaid need to get a positive Plaid vote not a Anti-Labour vote as they have done in the past.

But anyone making future predictions should be careful . Local Government in wales  has proved volatile  at times and we can expect it to do so again.


  1. The BBC map has now been changed and no longer shows an Indepedent and Labour coalition in Pembrokeshire. The county is now marked as run by Independents only.

  2. The Pembrokeshire CC web site shows six non-affiliated cabinet members, one Labour cabinet member, one Plaid cabinet member and the only Liberal member of the council as a cabinet member.