Council election is a Labour landslide

4 May 2012

LABOUR won a resounding victory in Neath Port Talbot last night, winning 52 of the council’s 64 seats and ousting Plaid Cymru, Neath Port Talbot Independent Party and Social Democrat Party incumbents.

Ceri Golding, centre, celebrates his Aberavon win. Photo by Ingrid Boursquet

Ceri Golding, centre, celebrates his Aberavon win. Photo by Ingrid Bousquet

In the 2008 election, Labour won 37 of the seats, meaning a gain of 15 seats for the majority party.

Social Democrat Party candidate Jeff Dinham was the deputy mayor but lost his seat in Aberavon last night, along with one other member of his party, which saw its holding drop from three seats to just one. Only Tony Taylor kept his seat.

It was also a humiliating night for the Neath Port Talbot Independent Party, who lost their two seats and failed to make any gains.

Plaid Cymru also suffered losses in the north of the county borough – losing seven of their 11 seats on the council.

Council leader Ali Thomas of the Labour party will keep his  Onllwyn seat. Aberavon Labour AM David Rees said it was a good result for his party.

“It has been a very good night for Labour,” he said.

In Port Talbot’s 10 wards, only two councillors are not from the Labour Party – Independent Lella James and the Social Democrat Party’s Tony Taylor.

The council’s first Asian member, Saifur Rahaman, has also been elected in the Port Talbot ward – and he is also a also a Labour member.

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