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Plaid keeps control of Gwynedd
Dafydd Iwan
Dafydd Iwan, Plaid, says the party has made "small but significant gains"
Plaid Cymru has kept control of Gwynedd council, with an increased majority.

Plaid's lead has risen from seven seats, up from four on the old council.

Labour group leader Tecwyn Thomas lost his seat whereas one of the Friction Dynamics strikers - Geraled Parry - won a seat in Caernarfon.

Bryan Evans, the former independent group leader,failed to win in Morfa Nefyn, losing to Plaid Cymru.

Plaid had 42 seats, ahead of Independents (12), Labour (10), Liberal Democrats (six) and five councillors with no affiliation.

Alun Fred Jones, the Caernarfon Plaid Cymru AM said he was quite satisfied because they had increased their majority.

Labour's Martin Eaglestone said: "On a difficult night for Labour it's a relatively good result in Wales."

Results coming in from Anglesey showed a slightly higher turnout at 50.6% but the council is hung with no overall control.

Plaid Cymru saw their share of seats fall by one from nine to eight, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have one seat each.

Anglesey results
Independent 28
Plaid Cymru 8
Conservatives 2
Labour 1
Liberal Democrats 1

Eleven ward members are Independents and a further 17 are not affiliated to any group.

When asked about the loss of one seat in Anglesey Dafydd Iwan, Plaid's party president, said: "If you look at the areas outside RCT and Caerphilly we have won seats everywhere - small but significant gains - from Newport to Pembrokeshire, the Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea and Cardiff Riverside - in Rhodri Morgan's own backyard."

He added: "We are the biggest group in Ceredigion.

"In Anglesey and Carmarthenshire we had hoped to have had more gains but we have a very strong platform and in Gwynedd we have retained with a greater majority."

Before the election five of the councillors elected under Plaid Cymru were part of the ruling coalition and four had formed a separate Plaid group.

Coun Bob Parry, the new leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Anglesey, said: "Plaid Cymru is the biggest group within the council thus far with eight members and negotiations are ongoing as regards the overall control."

The Conservatives and independents gained the most seats in Conwy, where there is still no party in overall control.

The independents are the largest party with 19 seats, with Labour and the Tories each having 12 councillors elected, but the Liberal Democrats - who ran the old council in coalition with Labour - only won six seats.

Former leader Labour's Ronnie Hughes kept his seat but agreed it was a dissappointing day for his party.

"It's a pity the voters in Conwy didn't vote on the services and performance of the last council," he said.

"Instead they came out to vote on national and international issues and it has cost us here."




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  Councillors Councils  
PARTY +/- TOT +/- TOT  
LAB
-64
478
0
8
PC
-28
172
-2
1
CON
39
109
1
1
LD
37
148
0
0
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SEE ALSO:
Bad night at the polls for Labour
11 Jun 04  |  Politics
Islanders who go their own way
24 May 04  |  North West Wales


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