By-election victory marks a sea-change in Aberystwyth politics

A historic sea-change has been taking place in Aberystwyth politics. And Aled Davies’s stunning by-election win for Plaid Cymru on Thursday (see below) has confirmed it.

At the County Council elections in May, Plaid won more votes in Aberystwyth than any other party. This was the first time that had happened. But that statistic was skewed by the fact that the party performed exceptionally well in Penparcau, the town’s most outlying ward, where electors had two votes and where the Lib Dems only put up one candidate. In the town’s other four wards, those immediately around the town centre, the perennially dominant Lib Dems still remained on top, albeit narrowly.

Thursday’s by-election victory in Rheidol ward has changed that. Looking at the most recent election in each of the four town centre wards (i.e. last Thursday in Rheidol and May 1st in the others), Plaid now hold 47.5% of the vote with the Lib Dems on 41%.

In electoral terms, Aberystwyth has, for the first time ever, become a Plaid Cymru town.


  1. The success of Plaid Cymru in Aberystwyth is down to the persistence and success of individuals like yourself, Aled, Mark Strong, Sue but also all previous councillors like Hywel Robert, Gerran, Chris, Afan, Gareth etc. You are excellent councillors worth every penny. The negative policies that the Liberal Democrates pursue, their negative campaigning techniques and divisive attitude has already been exposed in Rheidol ward. It shows they are not worthy of electoral office. How can you trust a party who are willing to adopt candidates with pretty dodgey character references?

  2. Happy AgnesJuly 15, 2008

    Gan bwyll Penri. Dont get too excited. Any independent observer would have given Plaid the prize for negative campaigning in the Rheidol ward election. Lib Dems may have done it in the past but we've shown we can do it too. And as for adopting 'candidates with pretty dodgey(sic) character references' . . . well just don't go there. Cool it.