2004 Welsh local elections

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All 1,263 seats to 22 Welsh councils
  First party Second party
Leader Rhodri Morgan Ieuan Wyn Jones
Party Labour Plaid Cymru
Leader since 9 February 2000 16 March 2000
Seats won 479 175
Seat change Decrease84 Decrease30
Popular vote 278,193 149,352
Popular vote (%) 30.6% 16.4%
Swing (pp) Decrease3.8% Decrease1.8%

  Third party Fourth party
Leader Lembit Opik Nick Bourne
Party Liberal Democrats Conservative
Leader since 17 September 2001 August 1999
Seats won 146 107
Seat change Increase48 Increase32
Popular vote 126,135 99,991
Popular vote (%) 13.9% 11.0%
Swing (pp) Increase0.5% Increase0.9%

Colours denote the winning party with outright control (left), and the largest party by ward (right)

The 2004 Welsh local elections took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of all twenty-two local authorities in Wales. They were held alongside other local elections in the United Kingdom. The previous elections were held in 1999.

The elections were originally scheduled for May 2003, but were delayed to avoid a conflict with the 2003 Wales Assembly elections. However, this meant they took place on the same day as the 2004 elections to the European Parliament.[1] 3,135 candidates competed for 1,262 council seats across Wales, in 879 electoral wards.[1]


Party Votes[2] % +/- Councils +/- Seats +/-
Labour 278,193 30.6% Decrease3.8 8 Steady 479 Decrease84
Independent 205,722 22.6% Increase3.5 3 Decrease1 321 Increase26
Plaid Cymru 149,352 16.4% Decrease1.8 1 Decrease2 175 Decrease30
Liberal Democrats 126,135 13.9% Increase0.5 0 Steady 146 Increase48
Conservative 99,991 11.0% Increase0.9 1 Increase1 107 Increase32
Green 10,799 1.2% Increase0.4 0 Steady 0 Decrease1
Other 39,492 4.3% Increase0.5 0 Steady 35 Increase2
No overall control n/a n/a n/a 9 Increase2 n/a n/a


In all 22 Welsh councils the whole of the council was up for election.

Council Previous control Result Details
Anglesey Independent Independent hold Details
Blaenau Gwent Labour Labour hold Details
Bridgend Labour No overall control gain Details
Caerphilly Plaid Cymru Labour gain Details
Cardiff Labour No overall control gain Details
Carmarthenshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
Ceredigion Independent No overall control gain Details
Conwy No overall control No overall control hold Details
Denbighshire No overall control No overall control hold Details
Flintshire Labour Labour hold Details
Gwynedd Plaid Cymru Plaid Cymru Details
Merthyr Tydfil No overall control Labour gain Details
Monmouthshire No overall control Conservative gain Details
Neath Port Talbot Labour Labour hold Details
Newport Labour Labour hold Details
Pembrokeshire Independent Independent hold Details
Powys Independent Independent hold Details
Rhondda Cynon Taff Plaid Cymru Labour gain Details
Swansea Labour No overall control gain Details
Torfaen Labour Labour hold Details
Vale of Glamorgan No overall control No overall control hold Details
Wrexham No overall control No overall control hold Details



  1. ^ a b "Analysis of local election results data for Wales 2004 (including turnout and extent of postal voting)" (PDF). Electoral Commission. p. 2. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Local Elections Handbook 2004" (PDF). Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, University of Plymouth. 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2016.