Wales politics

Election topples local council leaders from all parties

Seven council leaders from across all parties lost their seats in the wake of the local election results.

The leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Russell Roberts lost his seat despite Labour keeping control of the council.

Cardiff's Liberal Democrat leader Rodney Berman lost after a second re-count.

Leaders were also dislodged in Caerphilly, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham.

The first leaders to go were Plaid Cymru's Allan Pritchard in Caerphilly, Independents Keith Evans in Ceredigion and Jeff Edwards in Merthyr, the Conservatives' Gordon Kemp in the Vale of Glamorgan, and Ron Davies of the Lib Dems in Wrexham.

The recount for Mr Berman's Plasnewydd ward took place on Friday afternoon after the tellers were sent home in the early hours.

In the Vale of Glamorgan, former leader Mr Kemp lost his seat to an Independent.

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Media captionEx-Vale of Glamorgan council leader Gordon Kemp puts it down to the "national picture"

He told BBC Radio Wales that his party's Westminster coalition government with the Lib Dems was taking some "difficult decisions", but was struggling to get its message across.

"It's the issue of presentation from Westminster that's the problem," he said.

"Not explaining issues, not getting the message across to the public."

Former Labour Welsh Secretary Ron Davies, now representing Plaid Cymru, lost his seat on Caerphilly council.

"Our returns were pretty good on the doorstep but it's obviously a backlash against the party as a whole," he said.

"I think some of the decisions that have been made and some of the poor handling of situations over the last couple of months, in particularly."

When asked if those problems were post-budget, Mr Davies said: "Yes."

Former Independent leader of Ceredigion council, Mr Evans, lost his seat to Plaid. However, Plaid fell short of an overall majority on the council.

Mr Evans said: "I think it was a huge concerted effort by Plaid, they've been targeting many seats, as you've indicated in your programme, and they've been successful in that targeting."

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