2017 Carmarthenshire County Council election

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The sixth election to Carmarthenshire County Council was held on 4 May 2017 as part of wider local elections across Wales. The election was preceded by the 2012 election.[1]

Plaid Cymru narrowly missed out in forming the first majority administration in Carmarthenshire Council's history, despite gaining eight seats in the election. The Labour Party maintained its position from the 2012-2017 term, with the Independents losing many seats in the rural areas of Carmarthenshire to Plaid Cymru.

A Plaid Cymru-Independent coalition was formed after the election, with Emlyn Dole remaining as the Leader of Council.[2]

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Results Overview[edit]

No Overall Control Retain

Carmarthenshire County Council election result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Plaid Cymru 36 11 3 +8 48.6 38.5 31,215 +2.5
  Labour 22 6 6 0 29.7 30 24,358 +6.8
  Independent 16 1 8 -7 21.6 12.6 18,313 -21.3
  Conservative - - - - - 5.4 4,342 +2.5
  UKIP - - - - - 1.6 1,296 N/A
  Liberal Democrat - - - - - 1 842 0
  TUSC - - - - - 0.16 135 +0.1
  Green - - - - - 0.13 109 +0.1

Ward results[edit]

Abergwili (one seat)[edit]

Abergwili 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Dorian Thomas Williams 622 60% +17.9
Independent Lisa Jane Fearn 448 40% -17.9
Majority 214 19%
Turnout 1110
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Ammanford (one seat)[edit]

Ammanford 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Alun Deian Harries* 613 67% +16
Labour Paula Treharne 298 33% -15
Majority 315
Turnout 911 34%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Betws (one seat)[edit]

Betws 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Betsan Wyn Jones 402 51% +20.4
Labour David John Ryan Bartlett* 309 39.2% -3.9
UKIP Krishna Seunarine 77 9.7% +9.7
Majority 93 11.8
Turnout 788
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

Bigyn (two seats)[edit]

Bigyn 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jeff Edmunds* 610 19.8%
Labour Eryl Morgan* 575 18.7%
Independent Terry Morris 428 13.9%
Independent Nigel Bevan 414 13.4%
Plaid Cymru Michael Burns 333 10.8%
Plaid Cymru Kathryn Eileen Lodge 304 9.9%
Conservative Robert Perris Thomas 236 7.7%
Independent Stephen Royston Bowen 181 5.9%
Turnout 3081
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Burry Port (two seats)[edit]

Burry Port 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John David James* 825
Labour Amanda Louise Fox 728
Independent Mike Theodoulu 548
Independent Lisa Jayne Mitchell 412
Conservative Tomos Arthur Lloyd-Evans 237
Turnout 44.5
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Bynea (one seat)[edit]

Bynea 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Deryk Michael Cundy* 539
Plaid Cymru Ian Wooldridge 373
Conservative Ceri Alan Morris 218
Independent Dai Hughes 49
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Carmarthen Town North (two seats)[edit]

Carmarthen Town North 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Wigley Lloyd 805
Plaid Cymru Peter Hughes Griffiths* 765
Plaid Cymru Gareth Owen Jones* 581
Independent Les Clark 489
Turnout
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Carmarthen Town South (two seats)[edit]

Carmarthen Town South 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Gareth Howell John 551
Plaid Cymru Alun John Edwin Lenny* 493
Conservative Charlie Evans 399
Labour Philip William Grice 361
Independent Barry Williams 303
Turnout
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Carmarthen Town West (two seats)[edit]

Carmarthen Town West 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Emlyn Michele James Griffiths Schiavone 739
Plaid Cymru Alan Douglas Thomas Speake* 661
Independent Arthur Davies 510
Independent Russell Sparks 454
Labour Matthew Geraint Thomas 255
Labour Julia Ann Ault 238
Turnout
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Cenarth (one seat)[edit]

Cenarth 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Hazel Anna Louise Evans* 712
Liberal Democrat Philip Daniel Gibbons 115
Majority
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Cilycwm (one seat)[edit]

Plaid Cymru had gained Cilycwm at a by-election following the death of the previous Independent member. However, the party did not field a candidate resulting in the seat being captured by an Independent, who had finished second at the by-election.

Cilycwm 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Thomas Arwel Joseph Davies 307
Labour Maria Rose Carroll 284
Independent Matthew Graham Paul 191
Independent gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Cynwyl Elfed (one seat)[edit]

Cynwyl Elfed 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Henry Irfon Jones* 804
Plaid Cymru Glyn Evans 584
Independent hold Swing

Cynwyl Gaeo (one seat)[edit]

Cynwyl Gaeo 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru James Eirwyn Williams* 434
Conservative Steven Andrew Holmes 267
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Dafen (one seat)[edit]

Dafen 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Rob Evans 508
Labour Tegwen Devichand* 452
Majority
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Elli (one seat)[edit]

Elli 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent John Paul Jenkins* 442 41.4 -11.3
Labour David Llewelyn Darkin 273 25.6 +5.5
Conservative Siôn Ieuan Davies 210 19.7 +14.1
Plaid Cymru Ruth Ferris Price 142 13.3 -8.0
Majority 169
Independent hold Swing

Felinfoel (one seat)[edit]

Felinfoel 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Thomas 269
Independent David William Hugh Richards* 185
Conservative Julia Evans 94
Majority
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Garnant (one seat)[edit]

Garnant 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin Madge* 494
Plaid Cymru Nigel James Jerrett 167
Labour hold Swing

Glanamman (one seat)[edit]

Glanamman 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru David Michael Jenkins* 413
Labour David Emyr Jenkins 375
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Glanymor (two seats)[edit]

Glanymor 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Beatrice Alice Louvain Roberts* 702
Labour John Graham Prosser 537
Plaid Cymru Sean Lucas Rees 536
Independent John Evan Jones 333
Plaid Cymru George Fredrick Herbert 328
Independent Alison Amanda Carter 280
Independent Chris Wilson 182
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing
Labour hold Swing

Glyn (one seat)[edit]

Glyn 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Thomas James Jones* 323
Plaid Cymru John Williams 251
Labour Stephen Michael Donoghue 168
Conservative James Hogg 98
Majority
Independent hold Swing

Gorslas (two seats)[edit]

Gorslas 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Darren Price* 1,051
Plaid Cymru Aled Vaughan Owen 941
Labour Wynne Jones 431
Labour Gary Lewis Jones 311
Conservative Anthony Howard Frost 283
Independent Brian Kirby 169
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

Hendy (one seat)[edit]

Hendy 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Gareth Beynon Thomas* 432
Labour Steve Lloyd-Janes 385
Conservative Vanda Williams 158
Independent David Wayne Erasmus 77
UKIP Keith Brian Perry 59
Majority
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Hengoed (two seats)[edit]

Hengoed 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Penelope Margaret Edwards* 408
Plaid Cymru Jennifer Susan Phillips 394
Independent Siân Mair Caiach* 372
Labour Keith Price Davies 322
Plaid Cymru Martin Vaughan Davies 315
Independent Clifford Raymond Jones 304
Conservative Kevin John Flynn 230
Labour hold Swing
Plaid Cymru gain from People First Swing

Kidwelly (one seat)[edit]

Kidwelly 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Sarah Jeanette Gilasbey 623
Labour Philip Nigel Thompson 556
Green David Gwynfor Edwards 109
Majority
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

Laugharne Township (one seat)[edit]

Laugharne Township 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Jane Tremlett* 382
Plaid Cymru Abi Thomas 300
Independent Don Avery 273
Labour Steve Morris 134
Majority
Independent hold Swing

Llanboidy (one seat)[edit]

Llanboidy 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Bertram Dorian James Phillips 504
Independent Ellis Wyn Evans 259
Independent Lionel Hugh Phillips 142
Labour Jean Margaret Myers 127
Majority
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanddarog (one seat)[edit]

Llanddarog 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Celia Ann Davies unopposed
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Llandeilo (one seat)[edit]

Llandeilo 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Edward Gwynne Thomas* 798
Liberal Democrat Lesley Ann Prosser 268
Plaid Cymru Keri David Alun Lewis 249
Conservative David Hayes 77
Majority
Turnout
Independent hold Swing

Llandovery Town (one seat)[edit]

Llandovery Town 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Handel Lewis Davies 583
Labour David Gwyn Long 240
Liberal Democrat Julian Alexander Dutton 124
UKIP Clifford Roy Johnson 75
Majority
Turnout
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Llandybie (two seats)[edit]

Llandybie 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent William Richard Anthony Davies* 744
Plaid Cymru Dai Nicholas 725
Labour Anthony Wyn Jones* 500
Plaid Cymru Karen Denise Lawrence Davies 451
Conservative Sandra May Morgan 165
UKIP Nigel John Humphreys 128
Independent Pat Jenkins 108
Independent hold Swing
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

Llanegwad (one seat)[edit]

Llanegwad 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru John Mansel Charles* 754
Liberal Democrat Monica Mary French 231
Independent George David Reid 169
UKIP Carol Jones 70
Majority
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanfihangel Aberbythych (one seat)[edit]

Llanfihangel Aberbythych 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Cefin Arthur Campbell* 635
UKIP Richard John Hart 121
Majority
Turnout 514
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanfihangel-ar-Arth (one seat)[edit]

Llanfihangel-ar-Arth 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Linda Davies Evans* unopposed
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llangadog (one seat)[edit]

Llangadog 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Andrew James* 421
Independent John Hywel Rhys Morgan 309
Plaid Cymru Elizabeth Monica Barlow 240
Liberal Democrat Christopher Florian Fischer 54
Majority 112
Independent hold Swing

Llangeler (one seat)[edit]

Llangeler 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Ken Howell* 930
Independent John Wigley 481
Majority 449
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llangennech (two seats)[edit]

Llangennech 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gary Robert Jones 747
Plaid Cymru Gwyneth Thomas* 731
Labour Jacqueline Alexandra Seward 675
Plaid Cymru Ian Morlais Williams 602
Conservative Paul Lockwood 335
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llangunnor (one seat)[edit]

Llangunnor 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Dewi Elwyn Williams* 587
Labour Michael Bryan Maynard 357
Independent David John Watson 181
Majority 220
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llangyndeyrn (one seat)[edit]

Llangyndeyrn 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru William Tyssul Evans* 825 68% -10%
Labour Sion Steffan Davies 393 32% +32%
Majority 432 35.5% -27.3
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llannon (two seats)[edit]

Llannon 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Emlyn Dole* 701
Labour Dot Jones 585
Labour Margaret Kim Thomas* 576
Plaid Cymru Philip Meredith Williams 486
Independent Alun George Owens 470
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Rob Owen 135
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Llansteffan (one seat)[edit]

Llansteffan 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Anne Carys Jones 596
Independent Roger Ernest Van Praet 290
Independent Hywel Wyn Thomas 113
Majority
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Llanybydder (one seat)[edit]

Llanybydder 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Ieuan Wyn Davies* unopposed
Independent hold Swing

Lliedi (two seats)[edit]

Lliedi 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rob James 890
Labour Shahana Najmi 629
Conservative Stephen Andrew Davies 312
Plaid Cymru Colin Jones 264
Plaid Cymru Dyfrig Thomas 244
Conservative Stefan George Ryszewski 191
UKIP Bramwell Gordon Richards 184
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Llwynhendy (two seats)[edit]

Llwynhendy 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fozia Akhtar 582
Labour Sharen Louise Davies* 574
Independent Theresa Bowen* 275
Plaid Cymru Meilyr Bowen Hughes 154
Plaid Cymru Robert Clive Davies 150
Independent Amy Irene Evans 135
UKIP Kenneth Denver Rees 133
Conservative Ruth Andrea Elvins 119
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Manordeilo and Salem (one seat)[edit]

Manordeilo and Salem 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Joseph Arthur Davies 479
Plaid Cymru Rhys Thomas 460
Liberal Democrat Catherine Frances Nakilieny 50
Majority 19
Independent hold Swing

Pembrey (two seats)[edit]

Pembrey 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Hugh Barrie Shepardson* 845
Labour Shirley Matthews* 838
Plaid Cymru Peter Anthony Freeman 491
Labour Bob Walpole 352
Independent hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Penygroes (one seat)[edit]

Penygroes 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Dai Thomas 582
Labour Paul Truman Blackwell 259
UKIP Timothy Dean 150
Majority 323

Pontamman (one seat)[edit]

Pontamman 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Colin Evans* 675
Plaid Cymru Trevor Smith 333
UKIP Barry Wiltshire 60
Majority 342
Labour hold Swing

Pontyberem (one seat)[edit]

Pontyberem 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Liam Ross Bowen 660
Labour William Edward Skinner 236
UKIP Keith John Evans 184
Majority 424
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Quarter Bach (one seat)[edit]

Quarter Bach 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru John Glynog Davies* 626
Labour Tom Addey 398
Majority 228
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

St Clears (one seat)[edit]

St Clears 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Philip Morris Hughes* 942
Plaid Cymru Hywel Rhodri Glyn Thomas 283
Majority 659
Independent hold Swing

St Ishmaels (one seat)[edit]

St Ishmaels 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Lydia Mair Stephens* 539
Plaid Cymru Meinir Wynn James 447
Conservative Susan Freda Webb 193
Independent hold Swing

Saron (two seats)[edit]

Saron 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Alun Davies* 810
Plaid Cymru Carl Joseph Harris 679
Labour Alan Peter Cooper* 588
Labour Stephen Jeacock 439
Conservative David Robert Wynn Jones 240
Conservative Nia Rachel Owen-Lloyd 181
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Swiss Valley (one seat)[edit]

Swiss Valley 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Anthony Giles Morgan* 498
Labour Paul Vernon Harris 272
Plaid Cymru Jordan Spencer Randall 76
Conservative Betty Prudence Jones 99
Majority 226
Independent hold Swing

Trelech (one seat)[edit]

Plaid Cymru had won the seat from the Independents at a by-election.

Trelech 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Jean Lewis* unopposed
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Trimsaran (one seat)[edit]

Trimsaran 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Kim Vanessa Broom 225
Independent Naomi Jane Wilmot 216
Labour Lisa Tamara Williams 187
Independent Neil Burman 61
Majority 9
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Tycroes (one seat)[edit]

Tycroes 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tina Marie Higgins 534
Plaid Cymru Mike Nicholas 388
Majority 146
Labour hold Swing

Tyisha (two seats)[edit]

Tyisha 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Suzy Anne Curry 543
Labour Andre McPherson 407
Plaid Cymru Terry Davies 362
Independent Jeff Owen* 288
Plaid Cymru Roger Thomas Price 189
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing
Labour hold Swing

Whitland (one seat)[edit]

Whitland 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Sue Allen* 554
Plaid Cymru Natalie Ann Jones 133
Labour Vivienne Beryl Beaufoy Morris 111
UKIP Bryan John Haddon 55
Majority 411
Independent hold Swing

By-Elections 2017-2022[edit]

Saron by-election 2018[edit]

A by-election was held in Saron on 19 July 2018 following the death of Plaid Cymru councillor Alun Davies.[3] The seat was won by Plaid Cymru candidate Karen Davies (details to follow).

Saron by-election 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Karen Davies 747 65.2%
Labour Tom Fallows 239 20.9%
Conservative Aled Crow 146 12.7%
Liberal Democrat Caryl Tandy 140 1.2%
Majority 508
Turnout 1,146
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wales local council elections 2017: All you need to know". BBC News. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Carmarthenshire Council will be run by a coalition of Plaid Cymru and independents". Wales Online. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Notice of Poll" (PDF). Retrieved 19 July 2018.