Cardiff council elections: The story in each ward

May 3, 2012 17 Comments »

Labour gained 32 seats over the last 24 hours, while the Liberal Democrats lost 18, the Conservatives 9, Plaid Cymru 4 and the Independents lost 1.

Here, Jessica Best, Peter Law, Brendan Hughes, and Sam Malone tell the story of each ward.

See the full breakdown of results for each area here.

Adamsdown

The Liberal Democrats suffered an early surprise loss when John Dixon lost his seat in Adamsdown to Labour’s Manzoor Ahmed.

Lib Dem councillor Nigel Howells was re-elected with 731 votes, the highest of any candidates.  However, he described his victory as “bittersweet”.

Mr Dixon, who was first elected in the inner city ward in 1999, polled 683 votes to Mr Ahmed’s 719 votes. The turnout was 28.6%.

Mr Dixon vowed to run at the next local elections in five years’ time and said he was confident he would be re-elected.

He said: “I believe it’s part of the natural political cycle. We have never been in government before and I am sure we will be back at the next council election.

“It’s disappointing obviously. It has been a joy and a privilege to represent Adamsdown. It’s a brilliant place to represent and has a genuine feeling of community.

“I plan to support Nigel to hold the council to account where it falls short and I am quite confident I will be back.”

It’s the latest in a series of setbacks for Mr Dixon, who was disqualified as an Assembly Member following victory in last year’s Assembly elections.

He added: “Since last June I lost my full time job and I lost my position on the executive.

“It’s too soon to say where I will be going in the next five years. But I want to be of service, I am still passionate about improving people’s lives.”

His close friend Coun Howells said: “It is a bit of a bittersweet victory. Since I have known John we have been campaigning in Adamsdown and I know lots of people have been personally helped by him.”

It was victory at the first time of standing for Mr Ahmed, a 54-year-old furniture retailer.

“I am delighted and I am proud that I have been elected. I believe that the people are fed up with false promises and they are out of touch with the local community.”

Butetown

Labour’s Ali Ahmed stole the one and only Butetown seat by a majority of 104 as the party made the first of what is expected to be many gains in this year’s local elections.

Mr Ahmed received 777 votes as he defeated Lib Dem’s Delme Greening who polled 673.

Plaid Cymru’s Liz Musa came third with 386 votes followed by Tory Laura Pike (126), Green candidate Sam Roads (72) and UKIP’s Simon Zeigler (49).

Mr Ahmed acknowledged he faced a difficult task ahead of him in what many believe is an under represented ward with just one councillor.

He said:  “I’m very pleased the people of Butetown have put their faith in me.

“It’s going to be a difficult challenge because we should of had two councillors in this ward given the size of the population.

“There’s a massive amount of work to do but I’m up to it – I’ve got a big team around me and we’re going to do the best we can.”

Outgoing councillor Delme Greening said he “expected to an extent to lose the vote”.

Yet he added: “I was never going to give up, especially because it is something I felt so passionately about.

“Obviously it’s gutting to lose but it’s been a wonderful experience over the last few years.”

Caerau

Veteran Lib Dem councillor Jacqui Gasson lost her seat in Caerau after 24 years serving in the ward.

Ms Gasson left some time before the final votes were declared after predicting a Labour landslide.

Ms Gasson and her Lib Dem running mate Roger Burley both lost their seats to Labour candidates Peter Bradbury and Elaine Simmons, who received 1,390 votes and 1,290 votes respectively.

Ms Gasson was forced to put her election campaigning on hold after she contracted pneumonia and was admitted to Llandough Hospital for almost a week.

She then suffered an adverse reaction to antibiotics, which split the Achilles’ heel tendon in each foot.

Ms Gasson must now wear plastic “moon boots” on her feet for the next three months while she recovers.

Reflecting on her many years at the council, she said: “I have been proud to hold this seat for 24 years and I have worked my socks off for the people of Caerau. It has been a privilege and an honour, but national trends have beaten us.”

Canton

The Canton ward remained comfortably red yesterday as Labour’s three councillors secured their seats for another term.

Coun Ramesh Patel topped the poll with 2,230 votes, followed by Coun Cerys Furlong on 2,130 and Richard Cook on 2,128.

All three managed to significantly increase their vote on the previous 2008 election, as well as the Labour majority.

The seat was expected to remain in Labour control yesterday due the high-profile work of the candidates.

Cathays

While a ruling majority had already been secured the night before, Labour gained three final seats in the last declared results.

Cathays, which covers the city centre and has a high student population, again had a poor turnout of just 17.6% – slightly up on four years ago.

Labour’s Sarah Merry topped the count with 873 votes. She is joined in the new administration by Sam Knight (873 votes) and Christopher Weaver (807).

The Lib Dems were left with just one councillor – Elizabeth Clarke, who received 810 votes – having gone into the election with 1,000 vote majorities.

Coun Clarke said: “I would have liked to have all my colleagues in, but we will continue to work hard for Cathays.”

Creigiau and St Fagans

Conservative candidate Graham Thomas was elected to be the new councillor for Creigiau and St Fagans after snatching victory from Plaid Cymru.

The 40-year-old dad of two beat Plaid rival Wynford Ellis Owen by just 25 votes – 648 votes to 623.

The seat was a surprising loss for Plaid.

The party previously held the ward under former Lord Mayor Delme Bowen, who stood down before the election.

Coun Thomas paid tribute to Mr Bowen’s work in the ward.

He added: “I’m absolutely thrilled to win – couldn’t be happier.”

Cyncoed

The Liberal Democrats finally had something to cheer after regaining all three seats in Cyncoed.

Lib Dem candidate Kathryn Lloyd topped the affluent ward with 1,809 votes followed by Margaret Jones (1,727) and David William Rees (1,698).

Coun Jones, the former executive member for environment, said: “I am absolutely delighted, we worked very hard.

“I have mixed emotions, but the night is not over yet and we will want to see the final results.

“We have bucked the trend in some areas like Llandaff and we have done well in Cyncoed.”

Asked about the prospect of five years in opposition, she said: “I see it as a challenge.

“We will be a very experienced opposition, we have already elected three executive members so I think we will be a very challenging opposition.”

Ely

Labour managed to comfortably retain all three seats in Ely, despite fervent opposition from Plaid.

Labour councillor Susan Goddard topped the poll with 1,597 votes, followed by Jim Murphy’s 1,481, while former Cardiff council leader Russell Goodway received 1,468 votes.

Plaid’s candidates, Peter and Linda Sullivan, failed to put Labour’s hold on the ward at risk, polling 767 and 791 votes respectively.

Coun Goodway said: “What has shone through is the real decency of the people of Ely, who are sometimes given a reputation that they don’t deserve.”

The ward councillor said this year’s election campaign in Ely had been “horrendous” due to the bitter rivalry between the parties.

He added: “By rejecting these gutter politics, they have stood by decent people who have worked hard for them for a long time.”

Fairwater

Former deputy leader of Cardiff council Neil McEvoy has defied his critics by topping the poll in Fairwater.

Speculation surrounded the safety of Coun McEvoy’s seat after the Plaid member was suspended by his party several months ago over remarks against women’s charities.

But McEvoy managed to top the poll in Fairwater with 1,643 votes, while his sister, Coun Lisa Ford, finished second with 1,562 votes.

But fellow Plaid candidate Keith Parry was unable to retain his seat in the ward, losing out to Welsh Labour’s Paul Mitchell.

Coun McEvoy said: “I’m proud to represent my community with Lisa and we almost held out against the huge Labour tide across Wales. I think that’s a testament to the great work and great support in Fairwater and Pentrebane.

“People in the community know me, so a lot of the mud didn’t stick.”

Gabalfa

Gabalfa was another consolation in an otherwise dreadful evening for the Liberal Democrats in Cardiff, with the party retaining both seats.

Ed Bridges kept his seat, receiving 936 votes, while Gareth Holden was successful in replacing the retiring Cathy Pearcy with 891 votes.

Turnout was 25.6% – down just slightly from 25.75% in 2008.

Speaking after the result was announced, trainee nurse and first-time councillor Gareth Holden said: “We worked very hard. We have fought a hard campaign, and we will build on the work Ed and Cathy have done beforehand.

“I’m very proud to take on the role. It’s been disappointing across the city, but in Gabalfa it’s good news for us.”

Grangetown

The Lib Dems comprehensively lost all three of their Grangetown seats to Labour in a reverse of the 2008 elections.

The Labour party got its revenge for their embarrassing defeat four years ago as it swept aside 13 opposing candidates.

Ashley Govier came first in the poll with 1,812 votes, followed by Chris Lomax (1,709) and Lynda Thorne (1,704)

The result means Lib Dems Francesca Montemaggi (505 votes) and David Morgan (501) lost their seats while hopeful Paul Harding (489) did not get elected.

Mr Govier, who pledged to tackle anti-social behaviour in the ward, described the count as “pretty tense”.

He said: “It was uncertain what was going to happen. We sensed the Lib Dems vote had collapsed but we weren’t sure how much of it had gone to Plaid.

“There was also a lot of personal votes we had to contend with – one candidate was a shop keeper while another was a secretary of a mosque so it was pretty tense.”

Heath

The vote in Heath was split three ways, with one Conservative and one Independent councillor retaining their seats, but Labour took the third from the Conservatives.

Incumbent independent Fenella Bowden took the most votes with 1,500, and Conservative Lyn Hudson managed to keep her seat with 1,277 votes.

But her fellow Conservative Ron Page lost his seat to Labour’s Graham Hinchey, who racked up an impressive 1,416 votes.

Mr Hinchey, 53, lost his seat representing Heath back in 2004, but said he decided to stand again after watching Cardiff become “stagnant” over the last eight years.

He said: “During the late 90s and early 2000s Cardiff grew and became a destination for major projects. I think Cardiff has become stagnant over the last eight years.

“I’ve been a previous executive member and chaired planning for major projects like Cardiff City Stadium, Wales Millennium Centre and St David’s 2. Let’s get back to that.”

Despite being re-elected, Independent Fenella Bowden said it had been a disappointing night for her.
 She stood alongside her husband and fellow independent Steve Bowden and Katrin O’Malley who both failed to get elected.

She said: “It’s very disappointing, but that’s what the residents wanted. I can’t remember the last time we had three different parties representing Heath ward. It’s going to be different.”

Conservative Lyn Hudson agreed. “It’s going to be a challenge,” she said.
”They might know his [Coun Finchey’s] name, but now he has to prove he can do the hard work.”

Llandaff

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have managed to keep hold of the Llandaff ward, despite tough competition from Labour.

Kirsty Davies topped the poll with 1,121 votes, while her running mate Gareth Aubrey received 1,081.

Their nearest rivals were Labour candidates Katie Antippas and Simon Jones, who polled 989 votes and 932 votes respectively.

Coun Davies, who works at the Institute of Welsh Affairs, said she felt the negative tone of other campaigns in the ward helped to strengthen their support.

The 36-year-old mum of two, of Llandaff, said: “We were pretty confident because we kept the issues really local. We were quite confident that our strong support in the community would hold up.”

Coun Aubrey, 29, of Danescourt, said: “It is fabulous to be re-elected. It has been a tough night for us across the city, but we have still had some good results nonetheless.”

The conveyancing paralegal added: “We look forward to seeing how we can keep working for the city.”

Llandaff North

Labour were victorious yet again in Llandaff North, taking the ward’s two seats from sitting Liberal Democrats Jacqui Cooper and Ann Rowland-James.

The two new ward members Dilwar Ali and Siobhan Corria are both first-time councillors, whose winning results were greeted with loud cheers from the Labour camp at the Cardiff North count in Llanishen Leisure Centre.

Dilwar Ali, a 44-year-old father of four, gained 1,156 votes after campaigning strongly for stricter dog ownership laws after his son was savagely attacked by his neighbour’s pet, and said this morning he would continue that fight in his role as a councillor.

Social worker and mum-of-two Siobhan Corria, 33, received 1,244 votes and said she believed people had “come home to Labour” in Llandaff North.

She said: “We did not expect the majority to be so big, but the feeling on the door step was the Lib Dem vote had collapsed and people were coming home to Labour.”

Llanishen

In Llanishen – the last Cardiff North seat to be declared at around 7am on Friday morning – Labour made big gains, taking three of the ward’s four seats from the Conservatives.

The only seat to remain Conservative went to new-comer Andrew Graham, with Richard Foley – the only incumbent councillor standing in the ward in Thursday’s election – losing his seat.

The new Labour ward members are Phil Bale, who got 2,362 votes, Garry Hunt, who got 2,394 votes, and Julia Magill, with 2,302 votes.
Conservative Andrew Graham received 2,033 votes.

Llanrumney

A disgraced teacher who was banned from the classroom for a year after falsifying pupils’ GCSE work has been elected as a councillor.

Former history teacher Keith Jones was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at a General Teaching Council for Wales hearing
in 2010.

He been sacked by Radyr Comprehensive School for tampering with work handed in by 25 pupils in 2007.

But yesterday, Mr Jones was elected to Cardiff council after receiving the second highest number of votes (1,653).
Mr Jones has previously apologised for his actions and spoken of his wish to make amends.

Yet when asked whether he had experienced any difficulties during his campaign as a result of his past he avoided the topic.

Instead, he said: “It has been a pleasure for myself as a Llanrumney boy to stand for the Labour party in this ward.

“The Lib Dem/ Plaid coalition have constantly ignored East Cardiff and the vote has demonstrated that.

”
In addition to Mr Jones, leader of the of the Labour group in Cardiff Heather Joyce was also re-elected with the highest number of votes
(1,671) along with Derrick Morgan (1,643).

Ms Joyce said: “It’s been a great night for Welsh Labour in Cardiff and by the sounds of it across Wales.

“We can now move forward after enduring several years of misrule and serve the people of Cardiff how they should be served.”

Ms Joyce, who was first elected as a councillor in 2008 and as group leader in 2011, dismissed concerns she was too inexperienced to lead the council.

“I am the leader of the Labour group and the electorate have been pretty clear in their support of that.”

Lisvane

Cardiff’s Conservative leader David Walker comfortably retained his Lisvane seat, winning the Cardiff North ward with a majority of 768.

Coun Walker received 999 votes, while Labour’s Joshua Lovell received 231, Liberal Democrat Myfanwy Angharad Price 61, Plaid Cymru’s Tony Couch 49, and Rosa Jane Thomas 49.

Turn out was down more than 10% in the ward from from 56.09% in 2008 to 44.7%, but Coun Walker said he was still delighted to have won a huge 73% of the vote.

He said: “It was a lower turn out than we are used to in Lisvane, but I’m pleased to get 73% of the vote with five candidates standing. I’m very proud to represent Lisvane again and want to thank everyone who voted for me”

Pentwyn

Judith Woodman is today one of Cardiff’s most experienced surviving Liberal Democrat councillors after holding off a strong Labour challenge in Pentwyn.

Coun Woodman had been deputy leader of the council for the past eight years and may now be a contender to lead the Lib Dem group in opposition.

She said she was “delighted” that residents of Pentwyn ward had recognised the “dedication” of its Lib Dem councillors.

The Lib Dems held all four seats in Pentwyn, with Coun Woodman topping the poll with 1,633 votes.

She was closely followed by colleagues Joseph Carter (1,563), Keith Hyde (1,557 votes) and Paul Chaundy (1,546).

“We don’t just do it at election time, we do it all year round. My colleagues and I worked extremely hard,” she said.
“We had to fight some blatant lies on the doorstep, but our residents have been underestimated by certain parties.”

Coun Woodman, the former executive member for communities, said she was disappointed by the scale of her party’s losses city-wide.

“I know how hard Liberal Democrat candidates have worked right across the city, but we will pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down,” she said.
“We are going to hand over the reigns with Cardiff council financially secure.

“We will just continue to fight for our residents and do the best we can as Liberal Democrat councillors.

We will be back as a force – watch this space.”

Coun Woodman said the national political situation wasn’t to blame for the Lib Dems’ poor showing, adding: “There has been an element of backlash about the government, but I would not say that was huge.

“It’s the life of politicians where you are in one day and out the next and maybe not through any fault of your own.”

Pentyrch

Conservative councillor Craig Williams has retained his Pentyrch seat with a convincing win over his rivals.

The candidate won the seat with 772 votes – 359 more than the nearest contender, Labour’s Christine Priday, who polled 413.

The 26-year-old, who works as a researcher at the National Assembly, said he was incredibly happy with the result.

He said: “It’s a really special to represent Pentyrch. It’s one of the smallest wards in the city so you get to know the constituents really well and it’s an honour to get to represent them again.”

Coun Williams discovered during the election campaign that his fiancée, Clare Bath, 31, was pregnant.

“It’s great news,” he said. “It’s all terrific news this month.

“We kept it very quiet and we made a decision not to tell many people until after the election.”

Penylan

Despite the turmoil of their colleagues across Cardiff, Liberal Democrat councillors in Penylan easily held onto their seats.

The Lib Dems beat their nearest Labour rivals by around 1,000 votes, but did see their majority reduced.

Lib Dem councillor Trish Burfoot received 2,173 votes, just ahead of party colleague Bill Kelloway, who polled 2,131 votes.

They will be joined in opposition by new Lib Dem councillor Joe Boyle who replaces Freda Salway who stood down after 25 years as a councillor.

Their nearest Labour rival, Michael Fogg, had 1,176 votes, while the Conservatives finished a distant third.

The Green Party’s Kathryn Brock polled ahead of the Plaid Cymru candidates. The turnout was 41.5%, down 3.3% compared to the last local election.

Speaking after the results were declared at 6.15am, Coun Kelloway said: “I am exhausted.
“I would not say I am relieved, but I am pleased to be re-elected. I suppose it’s a vote of confidence in not only myself but my ward colleagues.

“The gloss is slightly taken off my personal success by the fact that many of my very worthy colleagues were not successful.”

Coun Kelloway experienced more than a decade in opposition on the council before the Lib Dems took control in 2004.

He said the group would have the city’s “best interests at heart” as the opposition for the next five years.

“We will be scrutinising Labour’s performance, particularly holding up to scrutiny their election promises,” he said.

“I wish them well in raising education standards while at the same time freezing council tax next year.”

Plasnewydd

Rodney Berman was dramatically dumped from Cardiff council after two nail-biting recounts.

His eight-year reign as the Liberal Democrat leader of the council ended much earlier in the day when it became clear Labour had secured a clear majority.

But counting in his Plasnewydd ward at Pentwyn Leisure Centre was suspended at 5.15am after Mr Berman and his agent Elgan Morgan requested a second recount.

He was staring down the barrel of defeat the entire night and nervous tension was etched on his face from the moment counting began.

His potential downfall had attracted national newspaper and TV journalists to the stifling-hot leisure centre off Eastern Avenue.

But Mr Berman steadfastly refused all interviews, even when it was clear his Liberal Democrats were taking a mauling across the city.

The initial count showed Labour had won all four seats from the Lib Dems, with Mr Berman missing out by 12 votes.

With such a slender majority, a recount was called at 3am.

The results of the recount saw Mr Berman slip a further two votes behind Labour. A second recount was requested and granted by the returning officer, much to the dismay of the Labour candidates.

By then it was 5.15am and the counters were exhausted. There was concern that mistakes would be made so it was decided the second recount would take place at 1pm, along with Cathays ward.

Counters, journalists, candidates and their supporters returned, but there was now a sense of inevitability about the result.

After two more hours of counting, it was finally announced at 3pm that Mr Berman’s 13-year career as a councillor was over.

This time the margin was 51 votes.

Pontprennau and Old St Mellons

In Pontprennau and Old St Mellons, the Conservatives managed to hold on to one of their two seats, with Diane Rees receiving 1,004 votes.

But Labour were seemingly unstoppable here as well, with candidate Georgina Phillips unseating Conservative incumbent Jane Rogers, and taking the highest number of votes in ward with 1,326 – giving her a majority of 322.

Ms Phillips – who was previously Labour councillor for Pontprennau from 1999-2008 – said she was “absolutely delighted” to regain her seat after a four year absence.

She said: “I did not stop working [after I lost my seat]. I enjoyed working in the community so much I carried on.”

Asked whether she was apprehensive about the prospect of working with her Conservative ward colleague, she replied simply: “We’ve worked together in the past.”

She added that it had been “wonderful” to watch Labour win an outright majority again.

Radyr and Morganstown

Conservative councillor Rod McKerlich comfortably defended his seat as representative of the Radyr and Morganstown ward.

The councillor managed to secure 1,215 votes – 64% more than his nearest rival, Labour’s Moray Grant, who received 738 votes.

But the gap between the parties has fallen since 2008, when the Conservatives won by more than 900 votes.

Turnout for the ward remained relatively strong at 45.7%.

Rhiwbina

Rhiwbina was once again the only Cardiff ward where Independent candidates won overall control, with popular husband and wife team Jayne Cowan and Adrian Robson winning their seats with a huge proportion of votes.

Ms Cowan received 3,808 votes, while Mr Robson received 3,680.
 They completed their independent ticket with Eleanor Sanders, who also polled strongly with 3,420 votes.

The fouth-place candidate, Conservative Adam Johns, recevied 643 votes, coming no where near to closing the Indpendents’ huge majorities.

Mr Robson said he was “absolutely delighted” by the result, and said his group offered a “very strong voice” for the people of Rhiwbina.

He said having three ward members of the same party could make a big difference to how councillors are able to serve their communities.

He said: “It makes a big different in terms of raising issues more readily. We’ve seen a few split wards tonight, and it’s very difficult for those councillors and for council officers who have to deal with the fall out.
“

We can do a lot in the council and we have the backing of the ward behind us.”

Riverside

Plaid lost a bitter election battle with Labour in Riverside after both their seats in the ward were claimed by the rival party.

Tensions rose between the parties last month when Plaid’s Mohammed Islam claimed businesses in the ward were being targeted by the UK Border Agency after Labour’s Iona Gordon passed on a constituent’s tip-off to officials.

Coun Gordon claimed he was seeking to discredit her in the run up to the local elections.

But Mr Islam and running mate Jaswant Singh lost out to Labour’s Phil Hawkins and Cecilia Love on polling day.

And Labour councillor Iona Gordon retained her seat in the ward, managing to top the poll with a total of 1,731 votes.

Coun Gordon said: “I’m really honoured to be shown such support from people in Riverside. I think people know that I have tried to do my best with a lot of issues, both at a community level and an individual level.”

Phil Hawkins, who has previously served as a councillor in local authorities such as Southend and Colchester in England, said: “It’s a privilege, and certainly the most exciting place that I have been elected to.”

Rumney

Voters in Rumney gave a resounding response to the national political situation by choosing to oust the Conservative candidates.

Since 2008 the ward was the only patch of blue among a sea of red and yellow in East Cardiff.
But that changed following yesterday’s election as the residents of Rumney elected in two Labour candidates to the ward.

Former Llanrumney councillor Jackie Parry received the most votes (1,095) closely followed by Bob Derbyshire (1,087).

The previous incumbents experienced a disappointing evening with John Ireland polling 628 votes and Duncan MacDonald – who this year was
standing as an Independent – polling just 262 votes.

The Lib Dems meanwhile, endured an embarrassing defeat with its two candidates winning just 85 votes between them.

Mrs Parry said: “Now that I’m in Rumney I want to see what needs doing.

“Bob and myself will listen to people and whatever they want doing we will fight hard to achieve it.”

She added: “As a councillor for Llanrumney I have already played my part in improving Rumney having recently managed to get a speed camera put up on the junction of Wentloog Road and Newport Road.

“It’s a very dangerous stretch of road where the school will be rebuilt and we can still do more to improve safety – my hope is that we can reduce the speed form 40mph to 30mph.”

Splott

Residents in Splott will wake up this morning to find they have three new council representatives.

For the past four years the ward has been held by Labour councillors Clarissa and Martin Holland and Lib Dem councillor Gavin Cox.

But following yesterday’s elections the ward is represented by the Hollands’ son Luke – following the couple’s retirement – and fellow Labour members Huw Thomas and Gretta Marshall.

Gavin Cox was the Lib Dem candidate who lost his seat having polled 377 fewer votes than his nearest Labour rival.

The campaign for the three seats was one of the liveliest in the city with questions raised over the home address of Mr Holland – police subsequently said he had done nothing wrong.

Speaking to yourcardiff following his victory, Mr Holland said: “It has been a fantastic campaign marked by a singular positivity by the Labour candidates and by barrel scratching negativity from the Liberal Democrats.

“Despite their personal smears and attacks on police referrals the people have spoken and have chosen to put their faith in the Labour party.”

Mr Thomas, who at the age of 26 is one of the city’s youngest councillors, said the important issues in the ward related to jobs, housing and education.

He added he did not think his limited experience would be an issue and pointed to the electorate’s choice to vote him in as “proof” he is capable of meeting the challenge.

“You need a cross section of people to represent you. A lot of people have it’s good to get some fresh blood into the council.”

Trowbridge

Labour strengthened its grasp on Trowbridge by holding its two existing seats and stealing the third from the Lib Dems.

In the 2008 election Lib Dem Geraldine Grant edged one of the seats while the party were also just 17 votes from clinching the other two.

But there was to be no repeat during this year’s elections as Labour trounced all those who stood in their way – winning each of the three
seats by a minimum margin of 992.

The three Lib Dem candidates endured a torrid night polling just 887 votes between them – 210 fewer votes than the Welsh Conservatives
polled (1,097).

Labour polled a combined total of 4,534. Ralph Cook, who along with Michael Michael and Monica Walsh, said his Lib Dem rivals were paying the price for the decisions made by national party leader Nick Clegg.

“It looks like he [Mr Clegg] made a huge mistake by going into government with the Tories,” he said.
“I always focus on local issues, I do not bring national issues into local politics because they are hardly ever relevant.

“I focus on the issues that matter to people in the ward and I try to support them in addressing those issues.”

He added: “Education is a massively important issue at the moment for the council, it [the authority] is in a right mess.
“My only fear is that it’s going to be a lot worse than we’ve been lead to believe but we’ll find out soon enough.”

Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

In Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Labour wiped out the four sitting Conservative councillors.

Mike Jones-Pritchard, Timothy Davies, Linda Morgan and Brian Griffiths will be replaced by Labour’s Chris Davis, Jonathan Evans, David Groves, and Benjamin Thomas.

The Conservatives were favourites for re-election here, and new Labour councillor Jonathan Evans said the night’s results had exceeded their expectations.

He said: “It’s a big responsibility and very humbling.”

Chris Davis got 2,454 votes, Jonathan Evans 2,529, David Groves 2,290 and Benjamin Thomas 2,354.

However, none of the successful candidates live in the ward, with Mr Davis based in Canton, Mr Thomas in Pantmawr, Mr Groves in Llanrumney and Mr Evans in St Fagans.

But all four insisted that this would not affect their ability to represent the people of Whitchurch and Tongwynlais.

Mr Thomas said: “We all have connections to the ward in one way or another. We are committed to increasing the level of service to our constituents, and plan to start weekly surgeries. The issue of where we live is immaterial.”

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17 Comments

  1. cscully May 4, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    why are the results for Fairwater, Ely and Llandaff not here?

    • Your Cardiff May 4, 2012 at 11:08 am - Reply

      The results for all the wards are on our election map – we're trying to update this one with more detail about each ward as quickly as we can.

  2. Chris Hughes May 4, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I am please Labour have triumphed in Cardiff,and congratulate them, but I hope they now deliver what they promised. That they invest in our childrens future and their first priority, will be to build, the much desperately needed new high school in the east of the city. I look forward to seeing the foundations being laid before the end of the year.
    Chris Hughes
    Chair of Governors
    Trowbridge Primary School.

    • RedRoy May 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      You think they actually meant what they said and weren't just trying to grab votes regardless?

  3. AMTD May 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Sorry to see that the 4 local candidates in Tongwynlais lost, lets hope that the newly elected people are as helpful as they have been in the the past when dealing with LOCAL issues

  4. Penarthal May 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    One of Ali Ahmed's Butetown promises, which I think is reflected by other Labour candidates, is to freeze council tax. Remember that promise next year – ratepayers will, if they find it's the first promise, of many, to be broken.

    • Rob Sherrington March 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      it's 1 year on and council tax has been frozen.

  5. emharries May 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    yes, with LABOUR it will be spend— spend — spend—– good for this country— right down the spout– is that why you wish Labour success??/ people are too twyp to see the outcome….

  6. RedRoy May 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I'm looking forward to Labour delivering on their doorstep promise to completely rid the area of dog mess and litter, to renew all roads, to scrap the incinerator, to increase people's benefits, to save the NHS and to freeze council tax…

  7. liz May 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Disappointed that the two lib dem councillors were re-elected in Llandaff. They don't reply to emails, don't appear to have locals' interests at heart, and I personally find them arrogant. Maybe next time…

    • Mike March 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Which is why they won! If memory serves me right Katie Antippas (formerly Sharpe) has a sister named "Liz" you would'tn happen to be her? :)

  8. AaronD May 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Good Lord, Labour back already? Another industrial-scale bout of spending and troughing on the way. Just as well for Lab that the locals have smaller brains than goldfish, and memories to match.

  9. yasta May 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    A bad night for the city of Cardiff Labour will not freeze council tax as they promised, will not scrap the incinerator, will not re-surface all the roads and will increase council tax by a lot. Unless they plan to go out every day with a dustpan and brush they will not clean up the dogs mess.

  10. RedEd May 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I'm sorry but voters in Wales fall for the same old Labour negative campaign every time an election comes round. Labour only need to mention two words "Benefits" and "Thatcher" and they have a guaranteed vote! Come on people wake up and see that Labour have destroyed this countries finances yet continue to serve in Wales as MP's, AM's and Councilors. Same old same old..

  11. Bob May 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Would like to thank Clarissa and Martin for their work over the years as Labour Councillors, good to see Luke pick up the Flag and carry it forward. Now lets get rid of this Incinerator.

  12. patty May 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    RODNEY BERMAN AND HIS TEAM HAS WORKED HARDER THAN ANY OTHER PARTY IN THE PLASNEWYDD AREA NOT JUST AT ELECTION TIME BUT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ALWAYS ON THE GO IN THIS AREA AND HOLDING MEETINGS AND ANY PROBLEMS YOU TELL THEM IT IS SORTED AS FAST AS POSSIBLE HOW LABOUR GOT ELECTED HERE IS BEYOND ME AS YOU NEVER EVER SEE THEM AROUND I AM SURE THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THEM IN WILL BE WANTING THEM GONE IN A YEAR OR TWO IF THAT LONG

  13. jearuiz01 December 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I do think that when they invest in our childrens future and their first priority, will be to build, the much desperately needed new high school in the east of the city.

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