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.
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.
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’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
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
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.