LABOUR HOLDS CARDIFF SOUTH & PENARTH – AS VOTE SHARE DWINDLES

Victorious Labour Welsh Assembly candidate Vaughan Gething held Cardiff South and Penarth but saw Labour's share of the vote decline

Victorious Labour Welsh Assembly candidate Vaughan Gething gives his acceptance speech after holding Cardiff South and Penarth but saw Labour’s share of the vote decline

Vaughan Gething, the Labour candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth in yesterday’s Welsh Assembly elections, has held the seat – with an  increased majority but with a share of the vote that is 6.4% down on  the previous Assembly election in 2011.

Conservative Ben Gray had declared his candidature in September but his campaign was lacklustre and hampered by illness.

Conservative Ben Gray  underwent an operation during his campaign

The Welsh Conservative candidate Ben Gray was a distant runner up – with 6,353 votes giving him a share  of the vote which was down  by  6.5% on 2011.

Gray had declared his candidature last September but had a lacklustre campaign and had to undergo an appendicitis operation earlier this year. 

Dafydd Trystan ,Plaid Cymru

Dafydd Trystan Davies, Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru’s Dafydd Trystan Davies was third – polling  2,033 votes less than Gray (4,320) but saw Plaid’s share of the vote increase slightly by 2.2%.

UKIP candidate Hugh Moelwyn=-Hughes didn't take part in any local hustings

UKIP candidate Hugh Moelwyn=-Hughes didn’t take part in any local hustings

UKIP’s candidate Hugh Moelwyn Hughes – who had not participated in any local hustings –  came in fourth , polling 3,716 votes and giving the party a 12.3% share of the vote . UKIP didn’t stand in this constituency 2011.

Liberal Democrat Nigel Howells polled 1,345 votes representing a decline in the party’s share of the vote of 4.4% .

Veteran Wales Green candidate Anthony Slaughter  saw his share of the vote rise by 4.2% and polled 1,268 votes.

VALE OF GLAMORGAN

Labour candidate Jane Hutt narrowly held her seat

Labour candidate Jane Hutt narrowly held her seat

Conservative candidate Ross England came within 777 votes of winning.

Conservative candidate Ross England came within 777 votes of winning.

In Penarth’s neighbouring Assembly constituency, the Vale of Glamorgan, the veteran Labour AM Jane Hutt narrowly held the seat with 14,655 votes but a majority slashed to just 777 votes.

The runner up was Conservative candidate Ross England (probably best known for the “post-it” note row) who received 13,878 votes

OGMORE PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION

Chris Elmore the new Labour MP for Ogmore will be quitting his seat as a Vale of Glamorgan Councillor - meaning there will need to be a council by election in his Castleland Barry ward

Chris Elmore the new Labour MP for Ogmore will be quitting his seat as a Vale of Glamorgan Councillor – meaning there will need to be a council by election in his Castleland Barry ward

There will now be a Vale of Glamorgan Council by-election for the Barry Castleland Ward to replace Labour Cllr Chris Elmore who – as expected last night – won the Parliamentary by-election on the Ogmore constituency.

Ogmore had been the safe seat of Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies but Irranca-Davies quit Westminster to stand for election to the Welsh Assembly – where some people see him as a possible successor to Labour Leader Carwyn Jones – now looking older than his 49 years.

Elmore held the seat for Labour with a 52% share of the vote – the same share as in the 2015 General Election but the runner-up this time was UKIP and not the Conservatives. He had been a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s six-strong ruling ‘cabinet’ and was responsible on the cabinet for schools.

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4 Responses to LABOUR HOLDS CARDIFF SOUTH & PENARTH – AS VOTE SHARE DWINDLES

  1. ColinD says:

    Vaughan Gething the personification of Gucci Socialism!!!

    And Elmore is a farce of a man… good luck to the folk of Ogmore, don’t expect anything from him any time soon!!

  2. Big Davey says:

    Vaughan Gethin’s stock is now down…….. a bit like the trees that were blocking his bay view🙂

  3. Harry Herbert-Hyde says:

    I do not like this chap and I do not care who knows it. It is hard to believe that he is from the same party as Keir Hardie, Ramsay MacDonald or Corbyn for that matter.
    He seems far too rich to be really working class Labour or if he knows what a days hard work down the mine is like.
    I will not continue as I may say something I will regret.
    Terrible news.

  4. Lindsay says:

    Nothing like accepting defeat gracefully eh?

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