2017 Ceredigion County Council election

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Ceredigion County Council election, 2017

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All 42 seats to Ceredigion County Council
22 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Ellen ap Gwynn
Party Plaid Cymru Independent
Leader's seat Ceulanamaesmawr
Last election 19 seats, 39.2% 15 seats, 28.6%
Seats before 19 14
Seats won 20 13
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 8,554 7,509
Percentage 36.1% 32.7%
Swing Decrease3.1% Increase4.1%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Ceredig Davies Hag Harris
Party Liberal Democrat Labour
Leader's seat Aberystwyth, Central Lampeter
Last election 7 seats, 25.4% 1 seat, 3.2%
Seats before 7 1
Seats won 8 1
Seat change Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 5,406 1,545
Percentage 22.8% 6.5%
Swing Decrease2.6% Increase3.3%

Leader before election

Ellen ap Gwynn
Plaid Cymru

Subsequent Leader

Ellen ap Gwynn
Plaid Cymru

An election to Ceredigion County Council were held on 4 May 2017 as part of wider local elections across Wales. It was preceded by the 2012 election and the next election is scheduled to take place in 2022.

Summary of results[edit]

Plaid Cymru remained the largest party on 5 May 2017, but fell short of an overall majority with 19 councillors.[1] However, James Wyn Reynolds Thomas (Plaid Cymru) was elected unopposed on 11 May 2017 for the Llandyfriog ward, bringing the number of Plaid councillors on the Council up to 20.[2][3]

Ceredigion local election result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Plaid Cymru 20 +4 -3 +1 46% 36.11% 8,554
  Independent 13 +2 -4 -2 32% 32.70% 7,509
  Liberal Democrat 8 +1 0 +1 20% 22.82% 5,406
  Labour 1 0 0 0 2% 6.52% 1,545
  Conservative 0 0 0 0 0 1.02% 241
  National Health Action 0 0 0 0 0 0.96% 228
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.87% 207
Total 42 23,690

Background[edit]

The 2012 elections saw Plaid Cymru win 19 seats, independents 15 seats, Liberal Democrats 7 seats and the Labour Party one seat, leaving the council in no overall control, with Plaid Cymru three seats short of a majority. After the election the Independents agreed to work with Plaid Cymru, as did the sole Labour councillor, creating a coalition.

During the term Gethin James (Ind, Aberporth) joined UKIP but said that he would still sit in the Cabinet. This was strongly opposed by both the leader of the council Ellen ap Gwynn (Plaid, Ceulanamaesmawr) and by the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood. He eventually resigned from his cabinet post and sat on the opposition benches with the Liberal Democrats; and lost his Aberporth seat in the 2017 election.

At the close of nominations on 4 April 2017, the numbers of candidates nominated were as follows: Plaid Cymru 35, Independents 27, Liberal Democrats 22, Labour Party 9, Green Party 5, Conservatives 3, National Health Action Party 1.[4]

Results 2017[edit]

Asterisks denote incumbent Councillors seeking re-election. Vote share changes compared with corresponding 2012 election.

Aberaeron ward[edit]

Aberaeron ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Evans* 559 88.5% -2.9
Plaid Cymru Owain Arwel Glyn Hughes 73 11.56% +2.89%
Majority 486 76.90% -5.70%
Turnout 632
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Aberporth[edit]

Aberporth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Gethin Davies 386 42.28% +15.56%
Independent Gethin James*[n 1] 323 35.38% -25.89%
Liberal Democrat Stefani Flowers 114 12.49% +12.49%
Conservative Owen William Edward Millward 90 9.86% -2.15%
Majority 63 6.90% -27.66%
Turnout 913
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Aberystwyth, Bronglais ward[edit]

Aberystwyth, Bronglais ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Alun John Wiliams* 342 81.04% -8.36%
Liberal Democrat Jamie Matthew Dearden 47 11.14% +11.14%
Labour Jamie Christopher Scott 33 7.82% +7.82%
Majority 295 69.90% -8.90%
Turnout 422
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Aberystwyth, Central ward[edit]

Aberystwyth, Central ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ceredig Wyn Davies* 215 64.18% +1.75%
Plaid Cymru Jeff Alfred Smith 73 21.79% -9.83%
Green Julie Karen Makin 35 10.45% +10.45%
Independent Mark Robert Bolderston 12 3.58% +3.58%
Majority 142 42.39% +11.58%
Turnout 335
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Aberystwyth, North ward[edit]

Aberystwyth, North ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Mark Antony Strong* 313 63.49% +22.06%
Liberal Democrat Bryony Siân Davies 180 36.51% +4.14%
Majority 133 26.98% +17.92%
Turnout 493
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Aberystwyth, Penparcau ward[edit]

Cllr. Jones-Southgate was elected as a Plaid Cymru councillor for this ward in 2012 but subsequently became an Independent. She stood for the Liberal Democrats in the Llanfarian ward in 2008.

Aberystwyth, Penparcau ward (two seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Steve Davies* 354 24.26% -3.77%
Liberal Democrat Glyndwr Lloyd Edwards 251 17.22% +3.81%
Plaid Cymru Dylan Paul Lewis 247 16.94% -7.53%
Independent Elian Lorrai Jones-Southgate* 216 14.81% -9.66%
Liberal Democrat Charlie Kingsbury 213 14.61% +4.46%
Labour Alex Mangold 177 12.14% +12.14%
Majority
Turnout 1,458
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing

Aberystwyth, Rheidol ward[edit]

Aberystwyth, Rheidol ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Mark Endaf Edwards 170 27.87% +5.14%
Liberal Democrat Mair Benjamin 154 25.25% +3.47%
Independent John Aled Davies* 134 21.97% -10.94%
Labour Claudine Allison Young 97 15.90% +15.90%
Independent Martin Wyn Shewring 55 9.02% -10.06%
Majority 16 2.62%
Turnout 610
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Beulah ward[edit]

Beulah ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru William David Lyndon Lloyd* Unopposed
Plaid Cymru hold

Borth ward[edit]

Borth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Ray Quant* 326 39.09% -10.49%
Independent Hugh Richard Michael Hughes 285 34.17% +34.17%
Plaid Cymru Kevin Roy Price 158 18.94% +18.94%
Independent Phil Turner-Wright 65 7.79% +7.79%
Majority 41 4.92% -4.22%
Turnout 834
Independent hold Swing

Capel Dewi ward[edit]

Capel Dewi ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Thomas Peter Lloyd Davies* 362 58.86% +1.51%
Plaid Cymru John Gethin Jones 253 41.14% -1.51%
Majority 109 17.72% +3.03%
Turnout 615
Independent hold Swing
  • The election in 2017 was a repeat of the 2012 elections (with both candidates being re-nominated)

Cardigan, Mwldan ward[edit]

Cardigan, Mwldan ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Thomas John Adams-Lewis* 411 52.56% -13.37%
Liberal Democrat Myfanwy Maehrlein 371 47.44% +20.04%
Majority 40 4.82%
Turnout 782
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Cardigan, Rhydyfuwch ward[edit]

Cardigan, Rhydyfuwch ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Anne Elaine Evans 258 64.99% -10.84%
Plaid Cymru Shan Elizabeth Williams 139 35.01% +10.84%
Majority 119 29.98%
Turnout 397
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
  • Cllr. Mark Cole announced his intention to stand down from the council at these elections on 4 April, the last day for nominations [5]

Cardigan, Teifi ward[edit]

Cardigan, Teifi ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Catrin Miles* 168 58.33% -5.09%
Liberal Democrat Steven Paul Greenhalgh 120 41.67% +5.09%
Majority 48 16.66%
Turnout 288
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
  • This is a repeat of the 2012 election (with both parties re-nominating the same candidates)

Ceulanamaesmawr ward[edit]

Ceulanamaesmawr ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Ellen Elizabeth ap Gwynn* 452 55.12% -8.30%
Independent John Dilwyn Lewis 368 44.88% +44.88%
Majority 84 10.24%
Turnout 820
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
  • Cllr. ap Gwynn became leader of the council after the 2012 elections.

Ciliau Aeron ward[edit]

Ciliau Aeron ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Marc Davies 443 51.63% +51.63%
Plaid Cymru John Edward Charles Lumley* 281 32.75% -17.88%
Independent Sonia Rose Williams 134 15.62% +15.62%
Majority 162 18.88%
Turnout 858
Independent gain from Plaid Cymru Swing
  • Sonia Williams was the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2012 elections.

Faenor ward[edit]

Faenor ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Erfyl Roberts* 413 57.20% -8.16%
Plaid Cymru Talat Zafar Chaudhri 174 24.10% -6.99%
Labour Gareth Stevan Kelly 95 13.16% +13.16%
Green Chris Simpson 40 5.54% +5.54%
Majority 239 33.10%
Turnout 722
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Lampeter ward[edit]

Lampeter ward (two seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert George (Hag) Harris* 737 47.30% +2.27%
Independent John Ivor Williams* 551 35.37% +2.89%
Plaid Cymru Elin Tracey Jones 270 17.33% +3.97
Majority 186 11.93%
Turnout 1,558
Labour hold Swing
Independent hold Swing

Llanarth ward[edit]

Llanarth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Bryan Gareth Davies Unopposed
Majority
Turnout
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanbadarn Fawr, Padarn ward[edit]

Llanbadarn Fawr, Padarn ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Gareth Davies* 236 62.27% -17.52%
Liberal Democrat Juliet Price 143 37.73% +24.14%
Majority 93 24.54%
Turnout 379
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanbadarn Fawr, Sulien ward[edit]

Llanbadarn Fawr, Sulien ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Paul James* 267 70.63% -13.24%
Liberal Democrat Michael Chappell 58 15.34% +3.93%
Labour Wiliam Jac Rees 33 8.73% +8.73%
Green John Roy Morgan 20 5.29% +5.29%
Majority 209 55.29%
Turnout 378
[[|N/A]] hold Swing

Llandyfriog ward[edit]

Two candidates were nominated for this ward, namely Neil Flower (Liberal Democrat) and James Wyn Reynolds Thomas (Plaid Cymru). On 28 April 2017 it was announced that Neil Flower had died.[6] Following normal convention the election in this ward was cancelled and a new election was due to be held on 8 June 2017.[7] [8] However, James Wyn Reynolds Thomas was duly elected County Councillor for the said Electoral Division without a contest.[2]

Llandyfriog ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru James Wyn Reynolds Thomas Unopposed
Majority
Turnout
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llandysiliogogo ward[edit]

Llandysiliogogo ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Gareth Lloyd* Unopposed
Majority
Turnout
Independent hold Swing

Llandysul Town ward[edit]

Llandysul Town ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Evan John Keith Evans 407 63.30% +21.22%
Plaid Cymru Peter Godfrey Evans* 236 36.70% -21.22%
Majority 171 26.60%
Turnout 643
Independent gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Llanfarian ward[edit]

Llanfarian ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Alun Lloyd Jones* Unopposed
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanfihangel Ystrad ward[edit]

Llanfihangel Ystrad ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru William Lynford Thomas* 510 59.23% -5.25%
Liberal Democrat Angela Lewes Gee 274 31.82% -3.7%
Green Elly Foster 77 8.94% +8.94%
Majority 236 27.41% -1.55%
Turnout 861
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llangeitho ward[edit]

Llangeitho ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent David Rhodri Wyn Evans* 534 71.39% +17.67%
Independent Margaret Eirwen James 132 17.65% +17.65%
Labour James Ralph Cook 82 10.99% +10.99%
Majority 402 53.74% +36.92%
Turnout 748
Independent hold Swing

Llangybi ward[edit]

Llangybi ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru John Timothy Odwyn Davies* 402 69.91% -4.51%
Labour Dinah Mulholland 173 30.09% +30.09%
Majority 229 39.82% -9.03%
Turnout 575
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanrhystud ward[edit]

Llanrhystud ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Rowland Rees-Evans* 482 58.49
Plaid Cymru Hywel Llŷr Jenkins 140 16.99
Labour Tony Geraghty 118 14.32
Independent Alan Scott Durrant 49 5.95
Green John Raymond Crocker 35 4.25
Majority 342 41.5
Turnout 824
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Llansantffraed ward[edit]

Llansantffraed ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Dafydd Edwards* 795 77.71
National Health Action Harry Hayfield 228 22.29
Majority 567 55.42
Turnout 1,023
Independent hold Swing
  • Harry Hayfield was the Liberal Democrat candidate for this ward in the 2012 elections.

Llanwenog ward[edit]

Llanwenog ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Euros Davies* unopposed N/A N/A
Independent hold Swing

Lledrod ward[edit]

Lledrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Ifan Lloyd Davies* 571 54.02
Independent Aaron Benjamin 325 30.75
Plaid Cymru Angharad Danielle Adrienne Shaw 161 15.23
Majority 246 23.27
Turnout 1,057
Independent hold Swing

Melindwr ward[edit]

Melindwr ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Daniel Rhodri Davies* 627 79.17
Liberal Democrat Gordon Patrick Walker 165 20.83
Majority 462 58.34
Turnout 792
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

New Quay ward[edit]

New Quay ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Dan Potter 261 52.62
Independent Sarah Gillian Hopley* 205 41.33
Conservative Faith Louise Millward 30 6.05
Majority 56 11.29
Turnout 496
Independent hold Swing

Penbryn ward[edit]

Penbryn ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Emyr Gwyn James* 691 71.61
Plaid Cymru Steffan Jenkins 274 28.39
Majority 417 43.22
Turnout 965
Independent hold Swing

Penparc ward[edit]

Penparc ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru John Clive Davies 423 44.48
Independent Des Davies 265 27.87
Liberal Democrat Graham William Dixon 142 14.93
Conservative Nigel Sydney Moore 121 12.72
Majority 158 16.61
Turnout 951
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Tirymynach ward[edit]

Tirymynach ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Paul Hinge* 468 56.18
Plaid Cymru Richard Michael Lucas 365 43.82
Majority 103 12.36
Turnout 833
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Trefeurig ward[edit]

Trefeurig ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent David James Mason* Unopposed N/A N/A
Independent hold Swing

Tregaron ward[edit]

Tregaron ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Catherine Jane Hughes* 325 54.08
Liberal Democrat Karine Davies 276 45.92
Majority 49 8.16
Turnout 601
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Troedyraur ward[edit]

The winning candidate ran as an independent in 2012.

Troedyraur ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Thomas Maldwyn Benjamin Lewis Unopposed N/A N/A
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Ystwyth ward[edit]

Ystwyth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Edwin Meirion Davies 503 60.82
Plaid Cymru Mererid Jones 324 39.18
Majority 179 21.64
Turnout 827
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gethin James had joined UKIP after being elected as a councillor in 2012, but sought re-election as an Independent candidate

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ceredigion County Council Elections". Ceredigion County Council. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Election of a County Councillor" (PDF). Ceredigion County Council. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Former Ceredigion council leader regains seat". Cambrian News. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  4. ^ http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/English/Your-Council/Voting-Elections/election2017/Pages/Ceredigion-County-Council-Elections.aspx
  5. ^ http://johnmarkcole.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/time-to-say-goodbye-notes-on-my.html
  6. ^ http://www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/15251193.Tributes_paid_following_sudden_death_of_Ceredigion_County_Council_candidate/
  7. ^ https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Your%20Council/Voting%20and%20Elections/2017/county/notice/c/NOTICE%20OF%20CANCELLED%20ELECTION.pdf
  8. ^ https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Your%20Council/Voting%20and%20Elections/2017/county/notice/Llandyfriog.pdf