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.

Background[edit]

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
  Independent
18
Labour 15
 Total
33

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]

References[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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