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Welsh Conservatives say results are 'encouraging'

Credit: Welsh Conservatives

We have seen some encouraging results overnight – notably winning control of Monmouthshire County Council – but we take nothing for granted. It’s too early to give an accurate picture, and we can’t assume council results will be repeated at the General Election.

– Welsh Conservative Spokesperson

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Labour detecting a mixed picture

Credit: Welsh Labour Party

Labour sources say they're not detecting a Tory advance. Labour also has its own gains to point to in Monmouthshire and Flintshire. Setbacks in Wrexham are blamed on Labour councillors who defected to the independents.

Of the councils with few results declared yet, there's talk of Labour facing a "challenging" picture in Blaenau Gwent but a "positive" one in Swansea and Newport.

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No candidate for seat on Powys council

Nominations have now closed for the local elections on May 4 Credit: Powys Council

In most parts of Wales, election leaflets will be landing on doormats with increasing frequency for the next month, as candidates try to win our votes. But in some rural areas, a single candidate has been unopposed and declared elected. And in at least ward -Yscir in Powys- no-one has been nominated.

More than 1,000 voters in the village of Cradoc and its neighbouring communities north of Brecon will be unrepresented when councillors first meet after May 4, which is election day -where there is an election. Nominations will then have to be re-opened and a fresh attempt made to drum up some interest in representing Yscir

It's not yet clear if Yscir is the only ward in Wales with no candidate. At the last local elections in 2012, Bryncrug in Gwynedd had the dubious distinction of being the only candidate-free zone. Two months later, five people stood for the seat and there had to be a by-election.

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Powys council leader chosen

Powys council has now chosen a leader, signalling that a deal to run the authority has finally been done. The new leader is Councillor David Jones who leads the group of independents known as the Shire Independents. He narrowly beat the previous leader Councillor Michael Jones.

The new leader has yet to name his cabinet. Close observers of the complicated Powys politics predict that there'll be some former opponents brought into the fold.

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