The fifth election to the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council was held on 3 May 2012.[1] It was preceded by the 2008 election and will be followed by the 2017 election. On the same day there were elections to the other 21 local authorities in Wales and community councils in Wales.

Overview

All council seats were up for election. These were the fifth elections held following local government reorganisation. Labour retained its majority. There was a significant fall in the turnout in many wards and this appears to have worked to Labour's advantage in several instances.

Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council election result 2012[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 52 +15 81.3 51.7 21,672 +6.8
  Plaid Cymru 8 -3 12.5 20.5 8,630 +0.3
  Neath Port Talbot Independents 0 -3 11.6 4,870 +0.2[3]
  Independent 3 -3 4.7 9.5 4,006 -4.0
  Liberal Democrats 0 -4 2.5 1,057 -2.5
  SDP 1 -2 1.6 2.5 1,050 -0.4
  Conservative 0 0 1.6 669 +0.5
  New Millennium Bean Party - - - - - - - -0.8

Candidates

The number of candidates increased compared with 1999.

Results

Aberavon (three seats)

Aberavon 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ceri Golding 751
Labour Mark Jones 740
SDP Anthony Taylor* 702
Labour Barbara Trahar 613
SDP Thomas John Sullivan* 556
SDP Jeffrey Dinham* 550
Plaid Cymru Paul Nicholls-Jones 185
Turnout 1,511 35.8 -3.4
Labour gain from SDP Swing
Labour gain from SDP Swing
SDP hold Swing

Aberdulais (one seat)

Aberdulais 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doreen Jones* 431
Plaid Cymru Ken Thomas 290
Majority 141
Turnout 728 40.8 -8.0
Labour hold Swing

Alltwen (one seat)

Alltwen 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Lewis* 463
Plaid Cymru Huw Evans 210
Majority
Turnout 679 35.9 -7.9
Labour hold Swing

Baglan (three seats)

Tallamy was elected as a Ratepayer in 2008

Baglan 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Denis Richards* 1,190
Labour Carol Clement 1,038
Labour Paul Greenaway 906
Independent David Keith Coslett 881
Independent John Cardy Tallamy* 862
Independent Mike Lewis 861
Conservative T.J. Morgan 186
Turnout 2,218 40.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Swing

Blaengwrach (one seat)

Blaengwrach 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alf Siddley* 363
Plaid Cymru Joan Bodman 290
Majority 73
Turnout 654 42.3 -9.3
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Briton Ferry East (one seat)

Briton Ferry East 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Morgan* unopposed
Labour hold Swing

Briton Ferry West (one seat)

Briton Ferry West 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh Newton James* unopposed
Labour hold Swing

Bryn and Cwmavon (three seats)

Bryn and Cwmavon 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ivor David Williams* 1,321
Labour Marian Aerona Lewis* 1,168
Labour Dave Whitelock 987
Independent Brinley Roblin* 631
Independent Vincent Gwynfor Williams 500
Independent David James Shepherd 358
Turnout 1,995 38.6 -5.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Bryncoch North (one seat)

Bryncoch North 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru John Raymond Bryant* 677
Labour Sion Griffiths 178
Majority
Turnout 858 45.8 -7.8
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Bryncoch South (two seats)

Bryncoch South 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rob James 856
Plaid Cymru Janice Dudley* 825
Plaid Cymru Tony Wyn-Jones* 744
Labour Andrew Jenkins 703
Turnout 1,721 37.3 -3.3
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Cadoxton (one seat)

Cadoxton 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Annette Wingrave 296
Liberal Democrats Frank Harvey Little* 185
Majority 111
Turnout 494 35.7 -7.4
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Cimla (two seats)

John Warman joined Labour since 2008.

Cimla 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Warman* 949
Labour Alan Carter 706
Liberal Democrats Desmond James Sparkes* 226
Independent John Edgar Williams 183
Turnout 1,194 36.9 -3.6
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Coedffranc Central (two seats)

Coedffranc Central 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pendry Hodge Davies* 616
Labour Paula Bebell 382
Independent Betsan Richards* 297
Independent Lee Clifford Saunders 206
Plaid Cymru Pauline M. Fellows 125
Plaid Cymru Russell G. Morris 90
Turnout 971 32.5 -5.5
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Coedffranc North (one seat)

Coedffranc North 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Harvey 451
Liberal Democrats David Keith Davies* 268
Majority
Turnout 727 39.6 -1.4
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Coedffranc West (one seat)

Coedffranc West 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry Marney Bebell* 406
Liberal Democrats Helen Ceri Clarke 317
Majority
Turnout 733 34.2 -7.3
Labour hold Swing

Crynant (one seat)

Crynant 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Pearson 370
Plaid Cymru William Edward Morgan* 280
Majority 90
Turnout 651 41.5 -10.2
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Cwmllynfell (one seat)

Cwmllynfell 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford Eirion Richards* 348
Plaid Cymru David Gerald Oswald James 110
Majority 248
Turnout 461 49.8
Labour hold Swing

Cymmer (one seat)

Cymmer 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Scott Jones* unopposed
Labour hold Swing

Dyffryn (one seat)

Dyffryn 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru David Martyn Peters* 1,000
Conservative Peter Damian Jaques 78
Majority 922
Turnout 1,093 44.1 -5.1
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Glyncorrwg (one seat)

Glyncorrwg 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Horace Glyndwr Rawlins* 271
Independent Lindsay David Milsom 201
Majority 70
Turnout 472 56.6 -0.2
Labour hold Swing

Glynneath (two seats)

Glynneath 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru John Delwyn Morgan* 711
Labour Eddie Jones 593
Plaid Cymru Horace Thomas Lewis* 534
Labour Chris Pavett 529
Turnout 899 33.1 -15.4
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Godre'r Graig (one seat)

Godre'rgraig 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Rosalyn Davies* 300
Labour Jackie Myers 286
Majority 14
Turnout 591 43.8 -1.6
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Gwaun Cae Gurwen (one seat)

Gwaun Cae Gurwen 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynda Ghislaine Williams* 484
Plaid Cymru Ron Williams 352
Majority 132
Turnout 843 37.7 +0.2
Labour hold Swing

Gwynfi (one seat)

Gwynfi 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ralph Thomas 502
Independent Jane Jones* 153
Majority
Turnout 655 63.8 +0.4
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Lower Brynamman (one seat)

Lower Brynamman 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arwyn Nigel Woolcock* unopposed
Labour hold Swing

Margam (one seat)

Margam 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Jones 402
Independent Scott John Sullivan 166
SDP George Roy Rideway 129
Conservative Caroline Yvonne Jones 110
Liberal Democrats Mathew Thomas McCarthy 61
Majority
Turnout 868 38.1 -7.4
Labour hold Swing

Neath East (three seats)

Neath East 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sheila Marlene Penry* 905
Labour John Miller* 826
Labour Sandra Miller* 808
Plaid Cymru Breandan Seosamh Dominic Mac Cathail 452
Plaid Cymru Gareth Thomas 391
Plaid Cymru Philippa Jane Richards 365
Turnout 1,330 27.2 -5.6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Neath North (two seats)

Neath North 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Richard Lockyer 709
Labour Mark Protheroe 628
Independent Dai Howells 341
Conservative Basil Ip 188
Turnout 1,082 34.7 -9.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Neath South (two seats)

Neath South 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Albert Rees* 718
Labour Malcolm Bernard Gunter* 665
Independent Helen Christine Morgan 207
Independent David Hewitt Morgan 190
Plaid Cymru Rob Parry 153
Plaid Cymru Chris Williams 146
Turnout 1,135 31.1 -3.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Onllwyn (one seat)

Onllwyn 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Huw Thomas* 328
Plaid Cymru Carolyn Edwards 96
Majority 232
Turnout 431 45.0 -7.1
Labour hold Swing

Pelenna (one seat)

Pelenna 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Martin Ellis 252
Plaid Cymru Jeremy Hurley 227
Labour Kelvin George 64
Majority 25
Turnout 545 60.0 +11.0
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Pontardawe (two seats)

Pontardawe 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Linet Margaret Purcell* 911
Labour Michael Lloyd James* 729
Plaid Cymru Sue Northcott 675
Labour Vince Hotten 612
Turnout 1,592 38.6 +12.1
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Port Talbot (three seats)

Keogh and Tutton were elected as Ratepayers in 2008.

Port Talbot 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Ben James* 831
Labour Dennis Keogh* 782
Labour Saifur Rahaman 707
Independent Andrew James Tutton* 592
Independent Marge Jones 528
Independent Stephen Griffiths 479
Conservative Keith James Miller 107
Turnout 1,547 35.0 -3.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Swing
Labour gain from Swing

Resolven (one seat)

Resolven 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Desmond William Davies* 729
Plaid Cymru Helen Williams 278
Majority
Turnout 1,021 41.1 -2.9
Labour hold Swing

Rhos (one seat)

Rhos 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alex Thomas 394
Plaid Cymru Marcia Spooner* 265
Independent David Howell Atkins 223
Majority 129
Turnout 883 43.9 -0.8
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Sandfields East (three seats)

Sandfields East 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Leila Helen James* 1,116
Labour Edward Victor Latham 1,041
Labour Colin Joseph Crowley* 879
Labour Patricia Irene Jones 750
Independent Captain Beany 669
Independent Len Willis* 622
Turnout 2,174 40.1 -1.5
Independent hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Sandfields West (three seats)

Olga Jones and Len Willis were deselected and stood as Independents (Willis in a neighboring ward).

Sandfields West 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Audrey Chaves 1,173
Labour James Stephen Evans 1,088
Labour Suzanne Paddison 1,078
Independent Keith Suter 377
Independent Oliver Stewart Davies 368
Independent Joan Targett 368
Independent Olga Jones* 242
SDP Wayne Morris 219
Turnout 1,853 35.5 -0.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Seven Sisters (one seat)

Seven Sisters 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Stephen Karl Hunt* 764
Labour Jako Davies 240
Majority 524
Turnout 966 62.9 +5.6
Independent hold Swing

Taibach (two seats)

Taibach 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Rogers* 1,138
Labour Anthony James Taylor* 942
Independent Leslie John Davies 494
Turnout 1,507 39.0 -7.5%
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Tonna (one seat)

Tonna 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cari Morgans 558
Independent William David Walters* 328
Majority 230
Turnout 894 46.1 +3.6
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Trebanos (one seat)

Trebanos 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Rebecca Lewis 302
Labour Andrea Paula Davies* 166
Independent Jonathan Hywel Jones 53
Majority 72
Turnout 523 47.5 +7.0
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

Ystalyfera (one seat)

Ystalyfera 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Alun Llywelyn* 591
Labour Noir James 422
Majority
Turnout 1,154 49.1 +3.7
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

By-elections 2012-17

Neath South by-election, 2012

A by-election took place in the Neath South ward on 6 December 2012.

Neath South by-election 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Jenkins 399
Liberal Democrats Charlotte May Cross 130
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Sandfields East by-election, 2013

A by-election took place in the Sandfields East ward on 30 October 2014, following the death of Colin Crowley.

Sandfields East by-election 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Davies 718
Port Talbot Residents Barry Howard Kirk 222
UKIP Keith Suter 154
Plaid Cymru Daniel Mark Thomas 69
Conservative Richard James Minshull 40
Turnout 1,205 23.3 -16.9
Labour hold Swing

Sandfields East by-election, 2014

A further by-election took place in the Sandfields East ward on 30 October 2014, following the death of Mike Davies.

Sandfields East by-election 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Matthew Crowley 641
UKIP Keith Suter 361
Conservative Richard James Minshull 47
Turnout 1,064 20.7 -2.6
Labour hold Swing

Cwmllynfell by-election 2015

A by-election took place in the Cwmllynfell ward on 7 May 2015 following the death of Clifford Richards.

Cwmllynfell 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kris Lloyd 365
Plaid Cymru Meirion Owen Jordan 222
Green Jude Bailey‐Murfin 52
Majority 143
Turnout 641 68.9 +19.1
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "County Borough Council Election" (PDF). Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Local Election Results 2012: Neath Port Talbot". Andrew Teale. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  3. ^ Compared with Neath Port Talbot Residents Association in 2008.