Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

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Merthyr Tydfil
County Borough Council
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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful) is the governing body for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough, one of the Principal Areas of Wales.


Elections take place every four years. The last election was 4 May 2017. This election saw a big swing, with Independent councillors winning majority control from the Labour Party, in what was previously a Labour stronghold. The final result was delayed because of the death of a candidate in the Cyfarthfa ward, where the election took place on 8 June to choose the final three councillors.[1] Labour council leader Brendan Toomey lost his seat at the election.[2]

At the May 2004 elections the Labour group were challenged by a new party, People Before Politics (PBP), who won nine of the 33 seats[3] across four wards. PBP's numbers reduced to three and the party was disbanded before the next election.[3][4]

Political makeup[edit]

Current composition[edit]

Group affiliation Members
Labour 15

Historic results[edit]

Year Labour Liberal Democrats UKIP Plaid Cymru Others
2017 [1] 15 0 0 0 18
2012 23 0 1 0 9
2008 8 6 0 0 19
2004 17 0 0 0 16
1999 16 0 0 4 13
1995 29 0 0 0 4

Electoral divisions[edit]

The county borough is divided into 11 electoral wards returning 33 councillors. Most of these wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name.[5] The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas.

Ward Communities (Parishes) Other geographic areas
Bedlinog c Bedlinog Cwmfelin, Trelewis
Cyfarthfa c Cyfarthfa Clwydyfagwyr, Gelli-deg, Heolgerrig, Winch Fawr, Ynysfach
Dowlais Pantyscallog, Rhydybedd, Tair Twynau, Dowlais Top, Caeharris, Caeracca,
Gurnos c Gurnos
Merthyr Vale c Merthyr Vale Aberfan, Mount Pleasant,
Park c Park
Penydarren c Penydarren Galon Uchaf
Plymouth Troed-y-rhiw Abercanaid, Pentrebach
Town c Town Twynyrodyn, Penyard
Treharris c Treharris Quakers Yard, Pentwyn, Fiddler's Elbow, Edwardsville
Vaynor c Vaynor Cefn Coed, Pontsticill, Trefechan

c = Ward coterminous with community of the same name

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Independents win control of Merthyr Tydfil council and oust Labour after delayed ward vote". Wales Online. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Ousted Merthyr leader Brendan Toomey says people are 'fed up with politics'". Wales Online. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Regeneration is a key issue in Valleys town". Wales Online (published 23 April 2008). 29 March 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  4. ^ Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012, The Election Centre. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 November 2018.

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