Cyfamser, yn Ngogledd Cymru (Meanwhile, in North Wales)

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Shire Hall, Mold, Flintshire - proving that what Flintshire lacks in excitement, it makes up in architectural splendourShire Hall, in Mold – proving that, what Flintshire lacks in excitement, it makes up for in architectural splendour.

I’m a big fan of North Wales, and Flintshire in particular. In my view, it is an unfairly overlooked County, and has a lot to offer.

Until last year, Flintshire County Council (warning: perhaps the worst local government website I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot) had been run by Labour, as had its prececessors, Alyn and Deeside and Delyn District Councils and the former Clwyd County Council, before 1996.

the 2008 local elections went a bit pear-shaped for Flintshire Labour Party. Comrades up there went from having 35 out of 74 councillors (a majority of 2) to 22, a staggering fall of 13 seats. Most of the benefit went to Independents, of which there are a lot, especially in rural areas. The Tories increased their tally from 4 to 9, but were able to secure plum cabinet seats in the “everyone-but-Labour” rainbow coalition established between the Independents, Liberals, Tories and Plaid.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, our Flintshire comrades have just managed to lose a by-election on Mold Town Council for a previously Labour-held seat.

How did they lose? By failing to put up a candidate. The Tory candidate was returned unopposed.

How on earth a local party can fail to put up a candidate in a ward that it holds is beyond me. I just hope that this will be the spur which gets the local party – not the most active campaigning force in Labour politics, I’m afraid to say – into action before the Bagillt East by-election next week.

Stay tuned for more Flintshire news. I bet you’re on the edge of your seat.

EDIT: Alun Ephraim, ever the helpful soul, has drawn my attention in the comments to some maps of the Flintshire council elections in 2008 (which he made, God bless him). Here they are.

2008 elections in Flintshire

2008 elections in Flintshire

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7 Responses to “Cyfamser, yn Ngogledd Cymru (Meanwhile, in North Wales)”

  1. alunephraim Says:

    It can sometimes be difficult to find members willing to run in rural areas or smaller towns, but that doesn’t really explain Mold…

    Btw, some maps of the 2008 elections in Flintshire I did ages ago: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/GALLERY/8_21_06_08_10_13_42.PNG

  2. voteredgogreen Says:

    Alun – your maps are excellent. I shall post them, as an edit.

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