The local elections are over and the results are in, but the real impact of the voting will now start to unfold over the coming weeks as leadership contests emerge, new Cabinets are formed and manifesto pledges are re-ignited or rapidly extinguished.
Former leader of Cardiff Council, Phil Bale, is the most recent casualty of the polls, as although he manged to hold onto his seat in Llanishen, he lost out in last night’s Cardiff Labour leadership contest to Splott Councillor – Huw Thomas. This will no doubt result in a change in key senior members at the helm of Cardiff Council as Cllr Thomas looks to unite the Labour Group.
Although Labour made significant losses in terms of the number of seats it holds across Wales as a whole (-107 seats), it was not the wipe-out some had predicted, as it has managed to hang on to a number of key seats including Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and Newport. However Labour did lose out to both the Tories and Independents in a number of local authorities, including in Merthyr, Blaenau Gwent, and Bridgend.
And perhaps not making the impact it had hoped, the Tories did gain a total of 80 seats across Wales, managing to gain majority control in Monmouthshire, while Plaid have held onto Gwynedd and gained a significant number of seats in Carmarthenshire, Anglesey and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The Lib Dems did not manage to capitalise on the impact of the General Election in the way it hoped and now has 11 less seats than in 2012, and UKIP has not won a single council seat. The Greens have managed to secure a seat in Powys.
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