2008 Welsh local elections

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All 1,270 seats to 22 Welsh councils[1]
  First party Second party
 
Leader Rhodri Morgan Ieuan Wyn Jones
Party Labour Plaid Cymru
Leader since 9 February 2000 16 March 2000
Last election 479 seats, 30.6%[1] 175 seats, 16.4%
Seats won 345 206
Seat change Decrease134 Increase31
Popular vote 253,029 159,847
Popular vote (%) 26.6% 16.8%
Swing (pp) Decrease4.0% Increase0.4%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Nick Bourne Michael German
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader since August 1999 November 2007
Last election 107 seats, 11.0% 146 seats, 13.9%
Seats won 174 165
Seat change Increase67 Increase19
Popular vote 148,708 123,175
Popular vote (%) 15.6% 13.0%
Swing (pp) Increase4.6% Decrease0.9%

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

The 2008 Welsh local elections took place on 1 May 2008 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 2004.

Results

Party Votes[1] % +/- Councils[2] +/- Seats +/-
Labour 253,029 26.6% Decrease4.0% 2 Decrease 6 345 Decrease134
Independent 217,369 22.9% Increase0.3% 4 Increase1 334 Increase13
Plaid Cymru 159,847 16.8% Increase0.4% 0 Decrease 1 206 Increase31
Conservative 148,708 15.6% Increase4.6% 2 Increase 1 174 Increase67
Liberal Democrats 123,175 13.0% Decrease0.9% 0 Steady 165 Increase19
Blaenau Gwent PV 9,187 1.0% Increase1.0% 0 Steady 8 Increase 8
Llais Gwynedd 7,119 0.7% Increase0.7% 0 Steady 13 Increase13
Green 6,568 0.7% Decrease0.5% 0 Steady 0 Steady
Other 25,214 2.7% Decrease 1.6% 0 Steady 19 Decrease17
No overall control n/a n/a n/a 14 Increase 5 n/a n/a

Councils

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

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

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b c Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2008). "Local Elections Handbook 2008" (PDF). Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, University of Plymouth. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ Members’ Research Service (June 2008). "Local Election Results 2008 (updated)" (PDF). National Assembly for Wales. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2021.