There's a recount underway in Ceredigion, where Plaid Cymru have been narrowly ahead. If the recount confirms that result, it will mean that despite a slump in support in much of Wales, Plaid will have increased its number of MPs from three to four. The Liberal Democrats would be left with no Welsh MPs. The Lib Dems and their predecessors have always had Welsh representation at Westminster since the Victorian era.
Lib Dems could lose their only Welsh seat. Another recount has been called in Ceredigion. Plaid Cymru say they're 150 votes ahead.
Plaid Cymru say they’ve won Arfon by 103 votes. Labour calling for a recount.
Another Plaid Cymru source tells me they’re not expecting to make any gains tonight. ‘We’ve been totally squeezed.‘
- Plaid Cymru 14
- Independents 13
- Labour 2
- Liberal Democrats 1
Plaid Cymru gained two seats to be left just short of overall control. Whether the party gains the leadership of Anglesey council will depend on whether it can win over any of the independents, most of whom did a deal with Labour last time.
- Plaid Cymru 41
- Independent 26
- Llais Gwynedd 6
- Labour 1
- Liberal Democrats1
Plaid Cymru has kept overall control of Gwynedd, with 41 of the 75 seats. It would have been 42 but one of the party's candidates lost when he drew lots with an opponent who had the same number of votes.
- Plaid Cymru: 36
- Independent: 20
- Llais Gwynedd: 6
- Labour: 1
- Liberal Democrats: 1
Plaid Cymru are edging towards keeping overall control of the 75 member Gwynedd council.
Some significant targets for Plaid Cymru are councils where counting is only just getting underway. Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly and Anglesey are all places where the party is looking to gain power. The result in Gwynedd, the only council where Plaid is defending an overall majority won't be known until later, and the same is true in Carmarthenshire, which Plaid Cymru runs in a coalition with the independents.
So far it looks positive for Plaid Cymru with our stronger areas yet to be announced.
We have broken new ground in all parts of Wales from Aberavon to Blaenau Gwent, and from Bridgend to Wrexham. It’s also good to be holding and gaining seats where we have run councils like in Ceredigion, with our strong record on running public services despite the onslaught of cuts.
The story of the night seems to be Plaid and Tory gains versus Labour and UKIP losses. I look forward to seeing the results of the remaining counts across the country.
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Neil McEvoy AM has been restored to the Plaid Cymru Assembly group. He was temporarily suspended after an Adjudication Panel found he'd bullied a Cardiff Council employee in his role as a Cardiff councillor. Mr McEvoy was suspended as a councillor for a month but denies any wrongdoing snd has in the past indicated he intends to appeal.
A Plaid Cymru spokesperson said: “The Plaid Cymru group has agreed to restore the whip to South Wales Central AM Neil McEvoy. It follows a statement from Mr McEvoy relating to the recent Adjudication Panel ruling.”
In a statement Mr McEvoy said:
‘I have reflected on the judgment of the Adjudication Panel. I stand by my actions in defending a single mother and daughter facing an unnecessary eviction. I maintain that my comment was not directed at the Council officer, but I acknowledge that she has said that my comment caused distress and for that I apologise. The complaint was later made by a Labour councillor, and I maintain that the complaint against me was politically motivated. I am exploring with my legal team seeking leave from the High Court for judicial review of the Adjudication Panel’s decision. I will respect the verdict of that appeal.’