A Conservative source tells me the party's involved in coalition talks in Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham but that talks are ongoing and not to expect answers 'anytime soon.'
Talks are now taking place to try to form administrations in the 9 local authorities left without one party or grouping in overall control. A Labour source tells me the party is set to form alliances with Independent councillors in order to take charge of Vale of Glamorgan, Flintshire and Wrexham.
Labour expects to be in opposition in Denbighshire, Pembrokeshire and Monmouthshire. It says discussions are ongoing in Carmarthenshire and expects Conwy's power-sharing arrangement, known by some as an 'anti-Tory' coalition, to continue. A Plaid source agrees that that scenario is likely in Conwy.
Plaid's also said it wants to talk to other parties and independents in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. I understand the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups in Monmouthshire are in talks, but have no more details on that yet. I'll update you when I do.
It's business as usual in the Assembly but each of the three opposition parties have been speaking about their local election defeats.Read the full story ›
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams has spoken of 'genuine hurt and frustration' felt by party activists at last week's local election losses. She acknowledged that 'the vast majority (of what went wrong) can be attributed to London' and the effect of being in the UK coalition government.
But she said it would be 'lazy' to blame it all on UK matters and said the Welsh party must see what it could do better and why it managed to hold on in some places and not others. She said,
We need a proper analysis of what happened. There's no consistency to the results. If it was all about London, we'd have been wiped out everywhere and we weren't.
She also said she hadn't thought of resigning, adding that
If anything the results have made me more cross, more angry. I've devote the vast majority of my adult life to this cause; to quit now when it's hard? No, it's made me more blinking determined.
Andrew RT Davies tells AMs and support staff they must 'above all, develop and communicate a clear and concise Welsh Conservative message'Read the full story ›
The Lib Dems have suffered perhaps the most visible set back. They have lost their trophy control of Swansea and Cardiff. Welsh leader Kirsty Williams spoke to ITV News at her constituency of Brecon.
Labour further strengthened its grip on Rhondda Cynon Taf, with only the defeat of council leader Russell Roberts by an independent marring the party's performance.
- Labour 60
- Plaid Cymru 9
- Independents 4
- Liberal Democrat 1
- Conservative 1
Voters may have chosen which councillor to vote for but councillors themselves will now have to decide how the party's will work togetherRead the full story ›
Despite Labour suggestions that an overall majority in the capital was beyond their reach, the party has a comfortable majority in Cardiff.
- Labour 46
- Liberal Democrats 16
- Conservatives 7
- Independents 4
- Plaid Cymru 2