WE will be reporting live from the Selwyn Samuel Centre, providing live updates on the results as they are announced.
The first two results announced were both Plaid Cymru gains. In Betws veteran Labour councillor Ryan Bartlett was defeated by the Party of Wales’ Betsan Jones.
In the most surprising result of the election so far, long-serving Dafen Councillor and Labour stalwart Tegwen Devichand has lost by 50 votes to independent (and paramedic) Rob Evans.
In Abergwili, finding someone to follow in Pam Palmer’s footsteps was always going to be a challenge for the Independents, and Plaid Cymru’s Dorian Williams took the seat by a convincing margin.
Herald columnist Matthew Paul failed in his bid to shake things up at County Hall, finishing third in Cilycwm (191 votes) behind Independent Thomas Arwel Davies (307) and Labour’s Maria Carroll (284).
In Cenarth Executive Board member Hazel Evans retained her seat with a convincing (712-115) win over Lib Dem challenger Phillip Gibbons.
Deian Harries held onto Ammanford for Plaid Cymru, beating Paula Treharne by 613-298.
In a battle of the David Jenkinses, Plaid Cymru’s Executive Board member David Michael Jenkins defeated Labour challenger David Emyr Jenkins by 430-376.
In Llangeler, Ken Howell unsurprisingly held the ward, Defeating John ‘the beekeeper’ Wigley (ind) by more than 500 votes.
Labour have picked up another seat from Plaid Cymru, in the Carmarthen North Ward. Town Councillor Ken Lloyd took the seat at the expense of former executive board member for education Gareth Jones. Peter Hughes Griffiths retained the other seat for Plaid Cymru.
Jim Jones was re-elected to the council by receiving 323 votes. Labour candidate Stephen Donoghue received 168 of the votes. With 98 of the votes going to the Conservative candidate, Siôn Davies with Plaid Cymru candidate John Williams receiving 251 of the votes.
Labour have held on to Tycroes with candidate, Tina Higgins receiving 534 of the votes, Plaid Cymru received 388 of the vote.
Penygroes was held by Plaid Cymru candidate, Dai Thomas with him receiving 582 of the vote. Labour candidate, Paul Blackwell received 239 of the votes and UKIP candidate Timothy Dean received 150 votes.
In Bigyn, Independent candidate Nigel Bevan received 414 votes and Terry Morris an independent candidate received 428 votes. Conservative candidate, Robert Thomas received 230 votes. Stephen Bowen, an independent candidate received 181 votes. Plaid Cymru candidate, Mike Burns, received 333 votes.
With the Llandybie results, independent candidate William Davies was elected with 744 votes along with Plaid Cymru candidate, Dai Nicholas having 725 votes. UKIP candidate, Nigel Humphreys received 128 votes. Labour candidate, Anthony Jones received 500 votes Sandra Jenkins, the Conservative candidate received 165 and Pat Jenkins, an independent candidate received 108. Plaid Candidate, Karen Davies received 451 votes.
In Burry Port, Labour candidates John James and Amanda Fox won, with 728 & 825 votes. Tomos Lloyd-Evans, the conservative candidate received 237 votes. Independent candidate Lisa Mitchell received 412 votes and Mike Theodoulou, an independent candidate received 548 votes.
Gareth Thomas held Hendy for Plaid Cymru with 432 votes, fighting off a challenge from Labour’s Steve Lloyd-Janes (385).
Long-serving Independent councillor Jane Tremlett held Laugharne by a comfortable margin.
In Llandeilo, independent candidate Edward Thomas held the seat with 798 votes. Conservative candidate, David Webb received 77 votes, and Liberal Democrat candidate, Lesley Prosser received 268 votes. Plaid Cymru candidate, Keri Lewis received 249 votes.
Plaid Cymru gained Trimsaran with candidate Kim Broom taking the seat with 225 votes. Labour candidate, Lisa Williams received 187 votes. Independent candidate, Neil Burman received 61 votes and independent candidate, Naomi Wilmot received 216 votes.
Carmarthen Town West Plaid Cymru candidates Emlyn Schiavone and Alan Speake, won the seat with 739 and 661 votes respectively. Labour candidate, Julia Ault received 238 votes with fellow Labour candidate, receiving, 255 votes. Independent candidate Arthur Davies received 510 votes and Russell Sparks had 454 votes.
Labour held on with Lliedi with candidates Rob James and Sahana Najmi with 890 votes and 629 votes respectively. Conservative candidate, Stephen Davies received, 312 votes and fellow Conservative candidate, Stefan Ryszewski receiving 191 votes. with UKIP candidate, Bram Richards receiving 184 votes. Plaid Cymru candidates, Colin Jones ad Dyfrig Thomas received 264 and 244 votes respectively.
In the Tyisha ward, Labour candidates Suzy Curry and Andrew McPherson won the seat, with 543 and 407 votes respectively, gaining the seat from the independents. Plaid Cymru candidate, Terry Davies received 362 votes and independent candidates Jeff Owen and Roger Price, received 288 and 189 votes respectively.
In Hengoed, Plaid Cymru candidate Jennifer Phillips and Labour candidate Penny Edwards, became the county councillors for the ward after receiving 394 and 408 votes respectively. Fellow Plaid candidate, Martin Davies received 315 votes. Conservative, Kelvin Flynn received 230 votes. Independent candidate Clifford Jones having 304. Sian Caiach lost her seat, and received 372 votes.
Long-serving councillor John James and newcomer Amanda Fox won comfortably in Burry Port, maintaining the two seats for Labour. The duo beat off the challenges of two independents and a Conservative candidate, with Fox finishing 180 votes clear of third-placed Mike Theodolou.
In another shock result for Labour, long-serving Llandybie councillor Anthony Jones was heavily defeated by PLaid Cymru and the Independents, finishing in third more than 200 votes behind second-placed William Davies.
Lisa Fearn (Independent) – 448
Dorian Williams (Plaid Cymru) – 629
Alun Harries (Plaid Cymru) – 613
Paula Treharne (Labour) – 298
Betsan Jones (Plaid) – 402
David Barlett (Labour) – 309
Krishna Seunarine (UKIP) – 77
Terry Morris (Independent) – 428
Nigel Bevan (Independent) – 414
Mike Burns (Plaid Cymru) – 333
Robert Thomas (Conservative) – 230
Stephen Bowen (Independent) – 181
Jeff Edmunds (Labour)
Kathryn Lodge (Labour)
Eryl Morgan (Labour)
Amanda Fox (Labour) – 825
John James (Labour) – 728
Mike Theodoulou (Independent) – 548
Lisa Mitchell (Independent) – 412
Tomos Lloyd-Evans (Conservative) – 237
Deryk Cundy (Labour) – 539
Ian Wooldridge (Plaid Cymru) – 373
Ceri Morris (Conservative) – 218
Dai Hughes (Independent) – 49
CAMARTHEN TOWN – NORTH
Ken Lloyd (Labour) – 805
Peter Griffiths (Plaid Cymru) – 765
Gareth Jones (Plaid Cymru) – 581
Les Clark (Independent) – 489
CARMARTHEN TOWN – SOUTH
Charlie Evans (Conservative)
Phil Grice (Labour)
Gareth John (Plaid Cymru)
Alun Lenny (Plaid Cymru)
Barry Williams (Independent)
CARMARTHEN TOWN – WEST
Emlyn Schiavone (Plaid Cymru) – 739
Alan Speake (Plaid Cymru) – 661
Arthur Davies (Independent) – 510
Russell Sparks (Independent) – 454
Matthew Thomas (Labour) 255
Julia Ault (Labour) – 238
Hazel Evans (Plaid Cymru) – 712
Philip Michael (Liberal Democrats) – 115
Thomas Davies (Independent) – 307
Maria Carroll (Labour) – 284
Matthew Paul (Independent) 191
Glyn Evans (Plaid Cymru)
Henry Jones (Independent)
Steven Holmes (Conservative)
James Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Rob Evans (Independent) – 508
Tegwen Devichand (Labour) – 452
David Darkin (Labour)
Sion Davies (Conservative)
John Jenkins (Independent)
Ruth Price (Plaid Cymru)
Julia Evans (Conservative)
David Richards (Independent)
Bill Thomas (Labour)
Nigel Jerrett (Plaid Cymru) – 167
Kevin Madge (Labour) – 494
David Michael Jenkins (Plaid Cymru) – 430
David Emyr Jenkins (Labour) – 413
Beatrice Roberts (Labour) – 702
John Prosser (Labour) – 537
Sean Rees (Plaid Cymru) – 536
John Jones (Independent) – 333
George Herbert (Plaid Cymru) – 328
Alison Carter (Independent) – 280
Chris Wilson (Independent) – 182
Jim Jones (Independent) – 323
John Williams – 251
Stephen Donoghue (Labour) – 168
Sion Davies – 98
Anthony Frost (Conservative)
Gary Jones (Labour)
Wynne Jones (Labour)
Aled Owen (Plaid Cymru)
Darren Price (Plaid Cymru)
Gareth Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 432
David Erasmus (Independent) – 77
Steve Lloyd-Janes (Labour) – 385
Keith Perry (UKIP) – 59
Penny Edwards (Labour) – 408
Jennifer Phillips (Plaid Cymru) – 394
Sian Caiach (Independent) – 372
Martin Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 315
Clifford Jones (Independent) – 304
Kelvin Flynn (Conservative) – 230
Jeanette Gilasbey (Plaid Cymru) – 623
Philip Thompson (Labour) – 553
David Edwards (Green Party) – 109
Jane Tremlett (Independent) – 382
Abi Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 300
Don Avery (Independent) – 273
Steve Morris (Labour) – 134
Bertram Phillips (Plaid Cymru) – 504
Ellis Evans – 259
Lionel Phillips (Independent) – 142
Jean Myers (Labour) – 127
Celia Davies (Plaid Cymru)
Edward Thomas (Independent) – 798
Lesley Prosser (Liberal Democrats) – 268
Keri Lewis (Plaid Cymru) – 249
David Webb (Conservative) – 77
Handel Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 583
David Long (Labour) – 240
Julian Dutton (Liberal Democrats) – 124
Cliff Johnson (UKIP) – 75
William Davies (Independent) – 744
Dai Nicholas (Plaid Cymru) – 725
Anthony Jones (Labour) – 500
Karen Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 451
Sandra Morgan (Conservative) – 165
Nigel Humphreys (UKIP) – 128
Pat Jenkins (Independent) – 108
John Mansel (Plaid Cymru) – 754
Monica French (Liberal Democrats) – 231
George Reid (Independent) – 169
Carol Jones (UKIP) – 70
Cefin Campbell (Plaid Cymru)
Richard Hart (UKIP)
Linda Evans (Plaid Cymru)
Andrwe James (Independent) – 421
John Morgan (Independent) – 309
Elizabeth Barlow (Plaid Cymru) – 240
Christoph Fischer (Liberal Democrats) – 54
Ken Howell (Plaid Cymru)
John-Y-Gof Wigley (Independent)
Gary Jones (Labour)
Paul Lockwood (Conservative)
Jacqueline Seward (Labour)
Gwyneth Thomas (Plaid Cymru)
Ian Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Michael Maynard (Labour)
David Watson (Independent)
Dewi Williams (Plaid Cymru)
William Evans (Plaid Cymru) – 825
Sion Davies (Labour) – 393
Emlyn Dole (Plaid Cymru)
Dot Jones (Labour)
Rob Owen (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
Alun Owens (Independent)
Margaret Thomas (Labour)
Philip Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Anne Jones (Plaid Cymru)
Hywel Thomas (Independent)
Roger Van Praet (Independent)
Ieuan Davies (Independent)
Rob James (Labour) – 890
Shahana Najmi (Labour) – 629
Stephen Davies (Conservative) – 312
Dyfrig Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 264
Colin Jones (Plaid Cymru) – 244
Stefan Ryszewski (Conservative) – 191
Bram Richards (UKIP) – 184
Fozia Akhtar (Labour) – 582
Sharen Davies (Labour) – 574
Theressa Bowen (Independent) – 275
Meilyr Hughes (Plaid Cymru) – 154
Robert Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 150
Amy Evans (Independent) – 135
Ruth Elvins (Conservative) – 117
MANORDEILO & SALEM
Joseph Davies (Independent)
Catherine Nakielny (Liberal Democrats)
Dr Rhys Thomas (Plaid Cymru)
Hugh Shepardson (Independent) – 845
Shirley Matthews (Labour) – 836
Peter Freeman (Plaid Cymru) – 491
Bob Walpole (Labour) – 352
Dai Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 582
Paul Blackwell (Labour) – 239
Timothy Dean (UKIP) – 150
David Evans (Labour)
Trevor Smith (Plaid Cymru)
Barrie Wiltshire (UKIP)
Liam Bowen (Plaid Cymru) – 660
William Skinner (Labour) – 236
Keith Evans (UKIP) – 184
Tom Addey (Labour)
John Davies (Plaid Cymru)
Alan Cooper (Labour)
Alun Davies (Plaid Cymru)
Carl Harris (Plaid Cymru)
Steve Jeacock (Labour)
David Jones (Conservative)
Nia Owen-Lloyd (Conservative)
Philip Hughes (Independent)
Hywel Thomas (Plaid Cymru)
Meinir James (Plaid Cymru)
Lydia Stephens (Independent)
Susan Webb (Conservative)
Anthony Morgan (Independent) – 498
Paul Harries (Labour) – 272
Betty Jones (Conservative) – 99
Jordan Randall (Plaid Cymru) – 76
Jean Lewis (Plaid Cymru)
Kim Broom (Plaid Cymru) – 225
Naomi Wilmot (Independent) – 216
Lisa Williams (Labour) – 187
Neil Burman (Independent) – 61
Tina Higgins (Labour) – 534
Mike Nicholas (Plaid Cymru)
Suzy Curry (Labour) – 543
Andrew McPherson (Labour) – 407
Terry Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 362
Jeffrey Owen (Independent) – 288
Roger Price (Independent) – 189
Sue Allen (Independent)
Bryan Haddon (UKIP)
Natalie Jones (Plaid Cymru)
Vivienne Morris (Labour)
Outreach Van stationed as police commissioner responds to ‘community concenrs’
POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has instigated additional partnership working in Llanelli in response to local concerns relating to substance misuse.
Dyfed Powys Police is proudly teaming up with Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service (DDAS), Carmarthenshire County Council and CrimeStoppers Fearless campaign in order to engage with members of our community on a new outreach van, in order to support and signpost those in need during the festive period.
Each agency will be travelling together to Station Road in Llanelli in a new outreach van on Thursday December 12 and Monday December 16, and will be parked opposite the Premier store between 5pm and 9pm on both days.
Funded by Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn, DDAS will be offering:
• BBV Testing for HIV, Hep B and C
• Referral into DDAS for treatment
• Naloxone kit dispensing
• Harm reduction advice
• Drug and alcohol education via drug box, beer googles, scratch and sniff cards
• Information on safer alcohol consumption over Christmas
Officers from the council’s Homes and Safer Communities department will be in attendance to give information and advice on a range of issues including the regeneration plans for the Tyisha ward and how residents can have their say. They will also be able to advise on various housing options; and people will be able to discuss in confidence any housing matters they may have, for example, in relation to anti-social behaviour or noise nuisance.
The council’s Communities for Work team will be offering:
• Support to develop your skills and gain experience
• Acquire the training and qualifications you need
• Find the right job
• Basic IT support
• Support with CVs and job applications
• Volunteer and work placement opportunities
• Health and wellbeing support
CrimeStoppers Fearless campaign workers, who are a dedicated young person’s charity which support young people in giving information about crime 100% anonymously, will also be on board the van and keen to engage with any young person in the area. They will be educating youths about County Lines and the impact crime can have on their lives.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn stated: “I hope that this innovative delivery style of a dynamic outreach approach to substance misuse can become the norm in Llanelli in order to reduce the harm to individuals and the community. I continually listen to the communities I represent and respond.”
Dyfed Powys Police officers will also be on hand at different intervals to offer crime prevention advice and listen to and provide help and support for any issues you experience in your community.
Chief Inspector Chris Neve of Dyfed-Powys Police said: “I am grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner and our partners for their support in this new initiative, which I hope will be seen as a valuable opportunity for the communities of Llanelli to engage with the services involved. I encourage anyone who requires support and advice from any of the agencies, or would just like to chat with any of them, to come along and visit the van on either date. This really is an important opportunity – and we all as a collective want to help as many people in need as possible.”
The council’s Head of Homes and Safer Communities Jonathan Morgan said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the community to speak to our officers first-hand about any issues they may have or any advice they may need on housing matters. We have exciting plans to transform the Tyisha ward and the community is a big part of that, we want to make Tyisha a better place to live and work for everyone.”
Llanelli Councillor Resigns from Plaid Cymru
SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT JUST DAYS BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION
Jordan Randall, Llanelli Rural Councillor for Swiss Valley says he has resigned from Plaid Cymru because he is disappointed with the choice of Plaid candidate again for the forthcoming General Election.
The full statement, sent to The Llanelli Herald today: “This is not a decision that I’ve taken lightly but one which has been a long time coming.
“I’ve had the privilege of being a Llanelli Rural Councillor in recent years to try my very best in making a difference where I can. I now look forward to continuing this work as an Independent Councillor for Swiss Valley, which will always be my priority.
“I’ve been very disappointed with the choice of Plaid candidate again for the forthcoming General Election. If the party is to make any progress in the Town, then it needs a candidate who is local to the area and actually understands the everyday issues which face our communities. We do not need someone who is completely out of touch and unfortunately just sees Llanelli as a stepping stone to advance their own career.
“Ongoing personal vendettas now seem to be the most important thing for Plaid Cymru at a local level. I no longer recognise the party. The party already lost a number of lifelong members in recent years due to the negativity locally. Astonishingly, they have also taken the decision to no longer have an all year round office presence within the Town.
“Calls for national leadership have simply gone unanswered, with new leader Adam Price unwilling to intervene in any way to try to achieve a way forward.
“I am also not happy and have been for some time with Plaid’s position on Brexit as they are simply ignoring the wishes of the people of Llanelli as the Town overwhelmingly voted to leave in the referendum, a decision which whether people voted to Remain or Leave ought to be one which is respected.
“Party politics is broken but I remain committed to campaigning to improve our public services, helping to sort out any concerns and supporting ideas which will strengthen and grow our community.”
Plaid’s pro-EU Saturday push in Trimsaran
DUBBED Pro-EU Saturday, the 30th November in Trimsaran saw the local girl and MP candidate Mari Arthur, descend on her home village of Trimsaran, to draw attention to the £680million of European Union (EU) funds that Wales receives every single year.
The only Remain candidate in Llanelli, Mari Arthur was proudly joined by Plaid Cymru regional AM Helen Mary Jones, Wales MEP Jill Evans, County Councillor Kim Broom, and a whole host of supporters, to speak with as many people as possible in the community ahead of the General Election on 12th December.
Plaid Cymru candidate Mari Arthur said: “I was thrilled to be joined in Trimsaran by so many people to talk about why EU funds have been vital for the area. We are a net beneficiary, which means that, as a nation, we get £245milion more than we pay into the EU.
“Trimsaran Leisure Centre itself is a building that received £180k from EU funds and is now the beating heart of the community. It’s great to see how this is still having a positive impact on people living in the village and further afield.”
West Wales and the Valleys is a “less developed region”, which means it is one of the “poorest regions” in Europe, as its GDP is less than 75% of the EU average. This means that £680million of EU funds comes to Wales, in the form of:
Structural Funds which amounts to just over £4 billion in extra funds to Wales since 2000, including £180,000 towards the build of Trimsaran Leisure Centre Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with £200million a year – almost a third of all EU funding in Wales – providing vital support to 16,0000 farms in Wales.
Other Funds that help support everything else, like the arts and biodiversity. Speaking from Trimsaran, Jill Evans MEP, said: “It’s wonderful to be here today in Trimsaran and to see the fantastic support on the doorstep for Plaid Cymru, and the only local candidate on the Llanelli ticket: Mari Arthur. It’s very heartening!
“Obviously, like elsewhere in Wales, there’s a real feeling of frustration on the doorstep in relation to Brexit – among those who voted to leave AND those who voted to remain three years ago. Plaid Cymru is proudly Remain, because we believe Brexit – particularly a No Deal Brexit – would be catastrophic for Wales.
“Ask yourselves this: will Westminster Government honour this level of funding, post-Brexit? It is almost certainly a No. Vote Plaid.”
Helen Mary Jones AM, also at Trimsaran Leisure Centre, said: “It was wonderful to be at Trimsaran and to have a glimpse into what the future could be like: with Kim Broom speaking up for the community at Plaid Cymru-led Carmarthenshire Council, myself at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, Jill in Brussels and then Mari at Westminster. It would be wonderful to have a team in place that could deliver comprehensive support to the community.”
The Pro-EU day highlighted the positive impact that EU funding has had on the lives of people and communities across the Llanelli constituency.
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