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Wales at the polls: Local elections 2017

On the 4th of May 2017 Wales heads to the polls to vote in the local council elections.

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Labour staying positive about Westminster seats

Credit: Labour Party

Labour sources are pointing out that both Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent councils haven't been solid bastions for the party in recent years. Both were only won back from the independents in 2012 and reports from both counts suggest that those results could be reversed tonight.

It certainly makes it impossible to extrapolate anything about what will happen in the Westminster election in those areas from the local results. On the other hand, Labour take encouragement from the result in Flintshire, where the Tories are expected to challenge hard for the county's two constituencies next month.

Nevertheless, last week's YouGov poll for ITV Wales showed Labour narrowly in the lead when people were asked how they would vote in the local elections -and 10 points behind the Conservatives when it came to the General Election.

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