Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
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Merthyr Tydfil coat of arms
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. Labour council leader Brendan Toomey lost his seat at the election.
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 across four wards. PBP's numbers reduced to three and the party was disbanded before the next election.
|Year||Labour||Liberal Democrats||UKIP||Plaid Cymru||Others|
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. 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|
||Pantyscallog, Rhydybedd, Tair Twynau, Dowlais Top, Caeharris, Caeracca,|
|Merthyr Vale c||Merthyr Vale||Aberfan, Mount Pleasant,|
|Penydarren c||Penydarren||Galon Uchaf|
|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
- List of electoral wards in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council election, 1995
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council election, 1999
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council election, 2012
- "Independents win control of Merthyr Tydfil council and oust Labour after delayed ward vote". Wales Online. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- "Ousted Merthyr leader Brendan Toomey says people are 'fed up with politics'". Wales Online. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- "Regeneration is a key issue in Valleys town". Wales Online (published 23 April 2008). 29 March 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012, The Election Centre. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 November 2018.