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2022 Carmarthenshire County Council election
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All 75 (previously 74) seats to Carmarthenshire County Council
38 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
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Leader Emlyn Dole Rob James Jane Tremlett
Party Plaid Cymru Labour Independent
Leader's seat Llannon Lliedi Laugharne
Last election 36 seats 22 seats 16 seats
Seats before 37 17 13
Seats won 38 23 8
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 6 Decrease 5

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Jeff Edmunds Shahana Najmi N/A
Party New Independent Conservative Independent (Unaffiliated)
Leader's seat Bigyn Lliedi
Seats before 4 1 1
Seats won 3 0 3
Seat change Decrease 1 Decrease 1 Increase 2

Council control before election

Plaid Cymru and Independent coalition

Council control after election

Plaid Cymru and Independent coalition

The 2022 Carmarthenshire County Council election took place on Thursday 5 May 2022[1] to elect 75 members to Carmarthenshire Council. On the same day, elections were held to the other 21 local authorities and to community councils in Wales as part of the 2022 Welsh local elections.

Plaid Cymru won a majority of seats for the first time, whilst losing their leader, Emlyn Dole. [2] Welsh Labour regained some ground in Carmarthenshire by winning seats in the Amman Valley and Llanelli constituency from Plaid Cymru. New Independent lost one seat overall and their leader, Jeff Edmunds and the Conservatives' only Councillor, Shahana Najmi, also lost her seat.

Despite winning a majority of seats, Plaid Cymru formed a coalition with eight Independent Councillors.

Background

Council elections in Wales were originally scheduled for May 2021, but were delayed to avoid a conflict with the 2021 Senedd election. The frequency of the elections was also increased from 4 years to five years to avoid future clashes, meaning (after 2022) the next council election is expected in 2027.

The number of councillors were increased by 1 after the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales recommended the change in a report in August 2019.[3] Although there was an increase from 74 to 75 seats in the council, the number of wards were decreased to 51 from 58.[4]

The Plaid Cymru group in conjunction with Independent group had been in control of the council since May 2015.[5] Labour claimed to be confident of success, though had suffered a number of resignations from the party since the last election. Many former Labour members were standing in this election as New Independents.[6]

Boundary changes

In July 2021 Welsh Government accepted a number of ward change proposals by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, with slight modifications on Welsh language names for some wards. These are to take effect from the 2022 council election.[7] The changes gave a better parity of representation. Thirty-four wards remained unchanged.[4] Of the other wards:[8]

Overview of results

Plaid Cymru won 38 out of 75 seats to gain a majority on the council for the first time, despite the defeat of their leader, Emlyn Dole.

Ward results

(* denotes sitting councillor before election).

Abergwili (1 Seat)

Abergwili 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Neil Lewis 730 71% +11%
Conservative Havard Hughes 303 29% +29%
Majority 427 41.3% +22
Turnout 1,033 52.2%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing 5.5%

Ammanford (2 Seats)

Ammanford 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Colin Evans 853 26% N/A
Plaid Cymru Deian Harris* 800 24% N/A
Labour Anthony Jones 757 23% N/A
Labour Calum Higgins 715 22% N/A
Conservative Huw Roberts 183 6% N/A
Turnout 1,654 42.8%
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Evans was formerly councillor for the Pontamman ward.

Betws (1 Seat)

Betws 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Betsan Wyn Jones* 494 69% +18%
Labour Paul Allchurch 223 31% –8%
Majority 271 38% +26%
Turnout 717 40.3%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing 14%

Bigyn (3 Seats)

Michael Cranham was sitting Mayor of Llanelli and Independent town councillor.

Two Labour candidates tied for the third seat with Philip Thomas Warlow beating David Darkin to the third seat on the toss of a coin.[citation needed]

Sitting Councillors, Jeff Edmunds and Eryl Morgan, who were elected in 2017 as Labour Councillors but subsequently left Labour and formed their own political party.[citation needed]

Bigyn 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Michael David Cranham 758 20%
Labour Janet Williams 621 16%
Labour Philip Thomas Warlow 597 16%
Labour David Darkin 596 16%
Independent Jeff Edmunds* 494 13%
Independent Eryl Morgan* 411 11%
Plaid Cymru Kathryn Jane Driscoll 338 9%
Turnout 3,815 31.3%
Independent gain from Independent
Labour gain from Independent
Labour win (new seat)

Burry Port (2 Seats)

Burry Port 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John James* 948 38%
Labour Shelly Godfrey-Coles 767 31%
Independent Mike Theodoulou 471 19%
Plaid Cymru Emyr Evans 301 12%
Turnout 2,487 43.4%
Labour hold
Labour hold

Bynea (2 Seats)

Bynea 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Deryk Cundy* 596 27%
Labour Michelle Donoghue 470 22%
Independent Simon Ford 429 20%
Independent Shelley Williams 404 19%
Plaid Cymru Laura Kemp 272 13%
Turnout 2,171 33.6%
Labour hold
Labour win (new seat)

Carmarthen Town North and South (3 Seats)

Carmarthen Town North and South 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Peter Hughes Griffiths* 1,188 17%
Plaid Cymru Gareth Howell John* 1,178 17%
Plaid Cymru Alun Lenny* 1,073 16%
Labour Nia Maynard 1,067 16%
Labour Mike Maynard 1,063 16%
Labour Amanda Aldridge 971 14%
Welsh Green Party Bar Rowlands 256 4%
Turnout 6,796 37%
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Carmarthen Town West (2 Seat)

Carmarthen Town West 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Emlyn Schiavone* 968 41%
Plaid Cymru Russell Sparks 733 31%
Labour Edi Diong 398 17%
Independent Dai Evans 285 12%
Turnout 1192 36.4%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Cenarth and Llangeler (2 Seats)

Cenarth and Llangeler 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Hazel Evans* 1,449 46%
Plaid Cymru Ken Howell* 1,277 41%
Liberal Democrats Philip Gibbons 418 13%
Turnout 1592 42.5%
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Cilycwm (1 Seat)

Cilycwm 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Thomas Arwel Joseph Davies* 706 64.59
Conservative Steven Holmes 250 22.87
Independent Jacqui Thompson 137 12.53
Turnout 1,093 50.66%
Majority
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Cwarter Bach (1 Seat)

Cwarter Bach 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru John Glynog Davies* 455 45% –11
Labour Tom Addey 437 43% +4
Independent Tony Strutt 67 7% +7
Conservative Lee Stabbins 53 5% +5
Majority 18 2% –210
Turnout 1012 45.7%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing –7.5%

Cynwyl Elfed (1 Seat)

Cynwyl Elfed 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Bryan Davies 712 74
Conservative Malcom Berry 253 26
Turnout 965 49.49%
Majority
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Dafen and Felinfoel (2 Seats)

Dafen and Felinfoel 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rob Evans* 881 34%
Labour Nysia Evans 643 25%
Independent Tegwen Devichand 320 12%
Independent Hugh Richards 289 11%
Plaid Cymru Alan Cameron Williams 224 9%
Conservative Norma Gregory 120 5%
Gwlad Clem Thomas 73 3%
Liberal Democrats Justin Mark Griffiths 51 2%
Labour hold
Labour hold

Elli (1 Seat)

Elli 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Paul Jenkins* 333 48% +7%
Labour Nick Pearce 185 27% +1%
Plaid Cymru Robert William Snaith 72 10% –3%
Conservative Christopher Griffiths 54 8% –12%
Independent Jane Jones 49 7% +7%
Turnout 693 42.03%
Majority
Independent hold Swing

Garnant (1 Seat)

Garnant 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Madge* 490 70%
Plaid Cymru Ffion Lewis 207 30%
Turnout 697 43.29%
Majority
Labour hold Swing (({swing))}

Glanamman (1 Seat)

Glanamman 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emyr Rees 423 56%
Plaid Cymru David Jenkins* 330 44%

Glanymor (2 Seats)

Sean Rees had stood in Glanymor in 2017 as a Plaid Cymru candidate and missed out on being elected by a single vote. In 2022, standing as an independent candidate, he topped the poll with a 407 vote majority over the second-placed candidate.

That second seat was won by incumbent councillor, Louvain Roberts, who was elected as a Labour councillor in 2017 but left the Labour Party in 2019. At this election she stood as an Independent, retaining her seat. The other independent candidate, Amanda Carter, failed to be elected.

Glanymor 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Sean Lucas Rees 1,055 37%
Independent Louvain Roberts* 648 23%
Labour Lillith Fenris 363 13%
Labour Julian Hunt 344 12%
Independent Amanda Carter 270 9%
Plaid Cymru Jordan Phillip Griffiths 164 6%
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Independent hold Swing

Glyn (1 Seat)

Glyn 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Alex Evans 511 64%
Independent Cath Saunders 196 24%
Conservative Jordan Spencer Randall 69 9%
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Edward Burree 28 3%

Gorslas (2 Seats)

Gorslas 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Darren Price* 1,216 43%
Plaid Cymru Aled Vaughan Owen* 1,157 41%
Labour Darren James 456 16%
Turnout 2829 40.19%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Hendy (1 Seat)

Hendy 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Gareth Thomas* 437 52%
Labour Ian Wooldridge 336 40%
Gwlad Wayne Erasmus 71 8%
Majority
Turnout 844 33.95%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Hengoed (2 Seats)

Hengoed 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Skinner 480 19%
Labour Martyn Palfreman 435 17%
Plaid Cymru Susan Phillips* 395 16%
Independent Ray Duncan Jones 322 13%
Plaid Cymru Martin Davies 314 12%
Independent Colin Jones 198 8%
Gwlad Siân Mair Caiach 150 6%
Independent Lee Fox 146 6%
Liberal Democrats Christopher David William Passmore 80 3%

Kidwelly and St. Ishmael (2 Seats)

Kidwelly and St Ishmael 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Crish Davies 1,033 30%
Labour Lewis Davies 952 28%
Plaid Cymru Jeanette Gilasbey* 775 23%
Plaid Cymru June James 483 14%
Welsh Green Party Rob Davies 201 6%
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Gilasbey had been the councillor for the former Kidwelly ward.

Laugharne Township (1 Seat)

Laugharne Township 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Jane Tremlett* Unopposed
Independent hold

Llanboidy (1 Seat)

Llanboidy 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Dorian Phillips* 783 85%
Conservative Valerie Jones 134 15%
Majority
Turnout 917 52.69%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanddarog (1 Seat)

Llanddarog 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Ann Davies* 739 84%
Liberal Democrats Sian Elizabeth Collins 138 16%
Majority
Turnout 877 51.49%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llandeilo (1 Seat)

Llandeilo 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Edward Gwynne Thomas* 827 63%
Plaid Cymru Christoph Florian Fischer 493 37%
Turnout 1,320 54.55%
Majority
Independent hold

Llandovery (1 Seat)

Llandovery 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Handel Davies* 770 86%
Conservative Samuel Barnett 122 14%
Majority
Turnout 892 44.65%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llandybie (2 Seat)

Llandybie 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Anthony (Whitey) Davies* 869 36%
Plaid Cymru Dai Nicholas* 789 33%
Labour Helen Bjork 622 26%
Liberal Democrats Lynne Susan Wilkins 129 5%

Llanegwad (1 Seat)

Llanegwad 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Mansel Charles* 751 65%
Independent Meirion Jones 244 21%
Conservative Mike Beech 169 15%
Majority
Turnout 1,164 56.29%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanfihangel Aberbythych (1 Seat)

Llanfihangel Aberbythych 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Hefin Jones 426 65%
Conservative Tara-Jane Louise Sutcliffe 128 20%
Liberal Democrats Monica Mary French 62 9%
Propel Trisha Breckman 39 6%
Majority
Turnout 655 43.14%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanfihangel-ar-Arth (1 Seat)

Llanfihangel-ar-Arth 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Linda Evans* 950 87%
Conservative Sandra Morgan 140 13%
Majority
Turnout 1,090 49.18%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llangadog (1 Seat)

Llangadog 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Andrew Davies 446 51%
Independent Hywel Morgan 422 49%

Llangennech (2 Seats)

Llangennech 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gary Jones* 981 34%
Labour Jacqueline Seward 686 24%
Plaid Cymru Ian Morlais Williams 590 21%
Plaid Cymru Iwan Griffiths 587 21%

Llangunnor (1 Seat)

Llangunnor 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elwyn Williams* 478 46%
Conservative Charlie Evans 348 34%
Independent Lee Williams 205 20%
Majority
Turnout 1,031 48.74%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llangyndeyrn (2 Seats)

Llangydeyrn 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Tyssul Evans* 1,064 33%
Plaid Cymru Meinir James 944 29%
Independent Gary David Price 690 21%
Labour Shane Morrison 549 17%

Llannon (2 Seats)

Llannon 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dot Jones* 594 22%
Plaid Cymru Llinos Mai Davies 568 21%
Plaid Cymru Emlyn Dole* 561 21%
Labour Rhys Jones 445 16%
Independent Kim (Cross Hands) Thomas 409 15%
Gwlad Iwan Evans 79 3%
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Paul Beckett 75 3%

Llanybydder (1 Seat)

Llanybydder 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Denise Owen 602 75%
Labour Wynne Jones 200 25%

Lliedi (2 Seats)

Rob James, leader of the Labour Group on Carmarthenshire County Council, was re-elected.

The other incumbent Councillor, Shahana Najmi, had been elected in 2017 as a Labour Councillor, was one of several Labour Councillors in Llanelli to leave the Labour Party in 2019. Initially sitting as an Independent Councillor, Najmi joined the Conservative Party in 2021[citation needed] but was not re-elected as a Conservative in Lliedi in 2022.

Independent candidate, Heather Peters, was initially selected as a Labour Party candidate in this ward but in March 2022[citation needed] announced she was standing for the New Independent Party, the Party formed out of many of those who left the Labour Party in 2019, instead.

The other Independent candidate, Sharon Burdess, also stood for the New Independent Party having failed to secure a Labour Party nomination at these elections.[citation needed]

Lliedi 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rob James* 838 34%
Labour Anthony Leyshon 652 26%
Independent Sharon Burdess 374 15%
Independent Heather Peters 373 15%
Conservative Shahana Najmi* 226 9%

Llwynhendy (2 Seats)

Llwynhendy 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Sharen Davies* 581 29%
Independent Jason Peter Hart 560 28%
Labour Fozia Akhtar* 477 24%
Labour Gary Jones 341 17%
Liberal Democrats Tim Freeman 57 3%

Manordeilo and Salem (1 Seat)

Manordeilo and Salem 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Fiona Walters 640 59%
Plaid Cymru Elizabeth Nakielny 444 41%
Turnout 1,084 49.12%
Majority
Independent hold

Pembrey (2 Seats)

Pembrey 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Hugh Shepardson* 854 44%
Labour Michael Thomas 630 33%
Plaid Cymru Peter Freeman 453 23%

Penygroes (1 Seat)

Penygroes 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru David Thomas* 453 46%
Labour Rachel Williams 260 26%
Liberal Democrats Julian William Tandy 188 19%
Breakthrough Party Ewan Phillip Chappell 87 9%
Turnout 988 41.14%
Majority
Plaid Cymru hold

Pontyberem (1 Seat)

Pontyberem 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Liam Bowen* 739 71%
Labour Michael Jones 297 29%
Majority
Turnout 1,036 46.48%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Saron (2 Seats)

Saron 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Karen Davies* 668 30%
Labour Peter Cooper 660 30%
Plaid Cymru Darran Jones 516 23%
Independent Nigel Evans 225 10%
Liberal Democrats Caryl Evelyn Tandy 130 6%

St. Clears and Llansteffan (2 Seats)

St Clears and Llansteffan 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Carys Jones* 1,151 33%
Independent Philip Hughes* 1,110 32%
Independent Edmund Davies 677 19%
Independent Ran Foster-Mason 565 16%

Swiss Valley (1 Seat)

Swiss Valley 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Anthony Giles Morgan* 687 75% +24%
Conservative Sarah Griffiths 131 14% +4%
Independent Darren Harries 92 10% +10%
Turnout
Majority 556 62% +38%
Independent hold

Trelech (1 Seat)

Trelech 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Jean Lewis* 1,055 85%
Conservative Lee Wiseman 192 15%
Majority
Turnout 1,247 53.23%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Trimsaran (1 Seat)

Trimsaran 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Kim Broom* 483 65%
Labour Barry Kirby 264 35%
Majority
Turnout 747 38.58%
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Tycroes (1 Seat)

Tycroes 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tina Higgins* 772 71%
Plaid Cymru Geraint Rhys Jones 315 29%
Turnout 1,087 49.71%
Majority
Labour hold

Tyisha (2 Seat)

Tyisha 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Suzy Curry* 606 32%
Plaid Cymru Terry Davies 548 29%
Labour Andre McPherson* 426 22%
Independent Andrew Stephens 338 18%

Whitland (1 Seat)

Whitland 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Sue Allen* 544 68%
Independent Barry Alan Chapman 256 32%
Turnout 800 42.34%
Majority 42.34%
Independent hold

References

  1. ^ "Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021". legislation.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Leader of Carmarthenshire Council Emlyn Dole loses his seat". Wales Online. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Carmarthenshire Final Recommendations | LDBC". ldbc.gov.wales. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Carmarthenshire to have one more councillor following electoral boundaries review". South Wales Guardian. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  5. ^ "New coalition takes over Carmarthenshire council". BBC News. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Carmarthenshire Labour confident of taking council administration with aid of Independents". Wales News Online. 4 May 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Written Statement: Local Authority Electoral Boundary Review - Update (8 July 2021)". GOV.WALES. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Review of the Electoral Arrangements of the County of Carmarthenshire" (PDF). Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales. July 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 January 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am "Local Elections 2022". Carmarthenshire County Council. 12 May 2022. Retrieved 3 August 2022.