Wales

Vote 2012: Plaid loses overall control at Gwynedd as Conwy count continues

Plaid Cymru has failed to gain overall control of Gwynedd after a difficult night around Wales.

With all results in, it shows Plaid lost its majority, taking 37 seats of 74 and Independents on 18. At the last elections Plaid had 39 of 75 seats.

Plaid needed 38 seats to retain a majority. One seat remains vacant and was not contested.

Counting is also under way in Conwy. In Anglesey elections have been postponed for a year.

Before the Gwynedd result was declared, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said the party must rebuild after what she called "a difficult night" at the local elections.

Labour's revival cost Plaid its leadership of Caerphilly in the south Wales valleys.

Conwy

In Conwy, a total of 37.1% of voters went to the polls from 51.9% in Llansanffraid (Glan Conwy), 51.3% in Caerhun and 25% in Llysfaen.

There was no party in overall control at Conwy the last elections with Conservatives on 18 seats; Plaid Cymru, 14; Other, 15; Labour, seven; and Liberal Democrats, five.

So far, results show Conservative Gail Hall lost the Capelulo seat to Anne McCaffrey, Independent, who stood on a platform opposing the Local Development Plan.

Former leader Goronwy Edwards, an Independent, lost his Caerhun seat to the Conservative candidate.

More to follow.

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