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Summary

  1. Labour loses control of Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend and loses its leader in Merthyr Tydfil
  2. In 10 councils there is no party with a majority
  3. Conservatives gain a majority in Monmouthshire and become largest party in Vale of Glamorgan and Denbighshire
  4. Plaid Cymru increases its majority in Gwynedd and falls just short of taking Carmarthenshire

Live Reporting

By Ben Frampton and Natalie Crockett

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

Phew - those 19 hours have flown by! That's all from our live coverage of the council elections, for the latest on the political landscape in Wales, see here.

If you've enjoyed our live coverage, you don't have to wait long for more of it, we'll be back to do it all again for the general election on 8 June.

Final figures

At a glance:

Labour has suffered losses in Wales during the council elections but the Tories have failed to make as many gains as expected.

Labour was hit with three major blows after losing control of Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend, as well as its council leader in Merthyr Tydfil.

But it held seven councils including Cardiff, Swansea and Newport.

Many of the losses were to independent candidates. In Monmouthshire, however, the Conservatives won control outright.

overall count of how many seats each party has in Wales
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Conwy - the final picture

Last but not least, Conwy gives us the full set and is the final council to declare its results.

A graphic showing the makeup of Conwy counci;
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View across the bridge

In England, the Conservatives have made big gains, taking control of 10 councils, while Labour and UKIP suffered losses. 

The picture is similar in Scotland where Tories gained seats, while Labour lost control of Glasgow council for the first time in 40 years. 

Read more here.

A map of Britain showing which parties have won which seats
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'Solid' results for Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says the party's local election performance was solid. 

'Solid' results for Plaid Cymru - Rhun ap Iorwerth

Caerphilly - the final picture

A graphic showing the makeup of Caerphilly council
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Political portraits

A university lecturer has used his artwork to capture the atmosphere of a local election count. 

Illustrator Dan Peterson drew the scenes at the count for seats in the Cardiff north area at Llanishen Leisure Centre on Thursday night. 

The Cardiff Metropolitan lecturer created the sketches to explain what happens during local elections.

"People need to be more aware of what happens, in some cases voter turn-out was only 30-odd percent," he said.

Read more here

election night sketch Cardiff count
Dan Peterson
election night sketch of Cardiff count
Dan Peterson
election night sketch Cardiff count
Dan Peterson
election night sketch Cardiff count
Dan Peterson

Rhondda Cynon Taf - the final picture

A graphic showing the makeup of Rhondda Cynon Taf council
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Jeremy Corbyn hails Welsh wins

The Labour leader tweets...

Anglesey - the final picture

A graphic showing the makeup of Anglesey council
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'Better than expected'

Analysis by BBC Wales political reporter Dan Davies

Labour's results in Swansea and Cardiff are better than expected. So who deserves the credit? 

Stephen Kinnock, a critic of Jeremy Corbyn, hails the leadership of Welsh Labour's "fantastic first minister" Carwyn Jones. 

Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn's loyal shadow chancellor John McDonnell, links success in Cardiff to Mr Corbyn's recent visit there. 

Mr McDonnell neglects to mention that Labour lost all four seats in Whitchurch - the ward Mr Corbyn visited - to the Conservatives. 

It's a mixed picture, says Labour. 

Trouble is, an opposition party hoping to form the next UK government should hope for a lot, lot better than that.

Corbyn rally in Whitchurch
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Labour holds Caerphilly

With 53 of the 73 seats declared, Labour crosses the line of 37 needed to have an overall majority. The party has 39 with Plaid Cymru on 12 and two for independents.

'New era' for Pembrokeshire Conservatives

Sam Kurtz is one of the new Conservatives councillors in Pembrokeshire.

Red roars in Rhondda

Labour members celebrate as they retain control of Rhondda Cynon Taf council.

Labour celebrate in Rhondda Cynon Taff
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It's the hat-trick!

Would you believe it - we've got a THIRD drawing of lots! This time it's in Caerphilly - specifically the Newbridge ward.

Leeroy Jeremiah is the lucky man in the 50/50 draw with Kath Baker left cursing her luck.

Leeroy Jeremiah
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'From bad to worse'

Prof Scully of the Wales Governance Centre tweets

'I would have loved a challenge'

Councillor Carl Cuss was elected unopposed in the Twyn Carno ward in Caerphilly - the only uncontested seat in the county borough.

"I see it as a vote of confidence in the work that I've done, obviously I would have loved a challenge to prove to the people what I've done in the ward and give them the democratic right to elect a councillor."

Carmarthenshire - the final picture

Graphic showing which parties won seats in Carmarthenshire
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Denbighshire - the final picture

A graphic showing the makeup of Denbighshire council
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Election? What election?

Amid all the tension and despair at the counts, some councillors could enjoy a glass of wine and a night in front of the TV as nearly 100 across Wales ran uncontested and were automatically reappointed.

A glass of red wine
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Pembrokeshire - the final picture

Independents hold

Graphic showing the makeup of Pembrokeshire council
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'Welsh Labour resilience'

Prof Scully of the Wales Governance Centre tweets

Powys - the final picture

Independents hold

Graphic showing results in Powys
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Like London buses

Well, you wait all night for a names-drawn-out-of-a-box-because-two-candidates-polled-exactly-the-same-number-of-votes situation then two come along!

In Llangollen, Denbighshire, independent candidates Melvyn Mile and Stuart Davies tied with 657 votes, but Mr Mile won the draw-off.

Names being drawn out of a box
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'Mixed night'

Labour leader Carwyn Jones

Carwyn Jones
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"The Tories had been briefing that they'd be walking into power right across Wales this morning - that simply has not happened. People realise that only Welsh Labour will stand up for Wales and we thank them once again for that trust. 

"Despite defying the doom-mongers in places like Cardiff and Flintshire, there is no question it was a mixed night for us and as the true party of Wales we are always more stretched than our opponents. 

"We faced strong challenges from all parties, and independents, right across the country. For those who lost their seats, they need to know that they have not campaigned in vain, the battle goes on and we thank them for the incredible service they have given to Welsh Labour and their communities. 

"We must now re-focus and fight a general election campaign the same way we always fight elections - with our own Welsh Labour values, huge amounts of hard work and an absolute commitment to stand up for our communities against the Tories." 

Family fortunes

Tony and Rachel Flynn
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New Conservative councillors - father and daughter Tony and Rachel Flynn - celebrate taking two seats from Labour in Prestatyn North in Denbighshire.

Gwynedd - the final picture

Graphic of the results in Gwynedd
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A family affair

A mother, father and daughter have all been re-elected in Pembrokeshire as independent councillors.

Mike Stoddart will sit as a councillor for Milford Haven Hakin while Viv Stoddart represents Milford Haven Hubberston. Their daughter Tessa Hodgson has been re-elected as a councillor for Lemphey.

Viv Stoddart, with her husband Mike Stoddart and their daughterTessa Hidgson who were all elected
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Viv Stoddart, with her husband Mike Stoddart and their daughter Tessa Hidgson

Blaenau Gwent - the final picture

graphic showing the number of seats won by each party in Blaenau Gwent
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Another Labour hold?

BBC Wales political editor Nick Servini tweets

Cardiff - the final picture

Graphic showing the makeup of Cardiff council
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Shifting sands

How councils have changed over the past five years

A 2012 graphic of council areas in Wales
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A 2017 graphic of council areas in Wales
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Moment of truth...

The Daily Post's Hywel Trewyn tweets

Gwynedd - Plaid hold

Plaid Cymru has won a working majority in Gwynedd, having already won 38 out of 75 wards, with counting still not finished.

Gwynedd council offices
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Luck of the draw

Ah, the quaint way of settling a political tie. In Gwynedd's Hendre ward, a dead heat between Plaid Cymru's John Wynn Jones and independent Richard Medwyn Hughes meant it was the old "names in a ballot box" to pick the winner.

Mr Hughes was the one left thanking the way the slips of paper fell as his name was pulled out and he was duly elected.

Unrest within city Labour group?

James Williams

BBc Wales News

Labour Cardiff councillors who are unhappy with the party's leadership of the council are scheduled to meet on Friday, BBC Wales understands. 

The meetings will take place after the party unexpectedly retook control of Cardiff council. 

With counting still under way in two wards, Labour has won 39 of the capital's 75 seats.

A party source said "everyone expected we would win fewer than 30 seats".

Cardiff's Labour councillors have until 5pm on Friday to submit their nomination for leadership of the council.

Phil Bale
BBC

Plaid Cymru 'breaking new ground'

BBC News Channel

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says "so far things are looking good" for her party, and, although results are still coming in, "it looks as though Plaid Cymru has made breakthroughs in new ground".    

Speaking from Rhondda, she says the performance in the local elections "puts us in a good position to contest the UK election".   

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood
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Monmouthshire - then and now

Tory gains in Monmouthshire mean the party now has a majority on the council.

In 2012, no party had overall control.

pie chart showing the share of the party votes in Monmouthshire in 2012 comapred to 2017
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Quick on the draw

Artist Dan Peterson captures the result in Gabalfa ward of Cardiff. 

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'Great results coming out'

Craig Williams of the Welsh Conservatives, said devolution had brought a different dynamic to politics.

"We're [the Tories] taking Monmouthshire back and increasing our numbers in councils in Wales, including Cardiff. 

"Have we made the breakthroughs we wanted to? It would be disingenuous not to admit it's disappointing not to be picking up the Vale of Glamorgan council but there are some great results coming out."

Craig Williams
BBC