Double Celebration for Plaid Cymru in Gwynedd By-Elections


There were double celebrations last night (Thursday 29 Sept) for Plaid Cymru in Gwynedd as two new Councillors joined the party ranks. Plaid gained a seat from Llais Gwynedd at Diffwys and Maenofferen Ward, Blaenau Ffestiniog as 45 year old Mandy Williams-Davies was elected Gwynedd Councillor. Plaid now hold all three seats at Blaenau Ffestiniog. 53 year old Gareth Thomas with an emphatic win ensured the Plaid seat at Penrhyndeudraeth Ward was secured, winning 61% of the vote.

In a sweeping victory, the new Plaid Councillor, Gareth Thomas, received 515 of the votes at Penrhyndeudraeth, beating both his Llais Gwynedd (233 votes) and Independent (91 votes) opponents by a clear margin.

With a turnout of 45% at Blaenau Ffestiniog’s Diffwys and Maenofferen Ward, Plaid’s new Councillor, Mandy Williams-Davies won 210 of the votes, gaining the seat from Llais Gwynedd, the second additional seat for Plaid to win in the last three months. Mandy Williams Davies beat her Llais Gwynedd opponent by 57 votes.

Plaid Cymru have now won the last four By-Elections in Gwynedd and hold the clear majority at Gwynedd Council.

Plaid Cymru’s Gwynedd Group Chairman, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said: “This is a great achievement for Plaid Cymru, and we wholeheartedly congratulate new Councillors, Gareth Thomas and Mandy Williams-Davies. They and their local teams worked hard to share their vision with the electors and discussed many important local issues with their communities. It will be a pleasure for us to work with both Councillors in the coming weeks as they set out their local agendas in consultation with members of their communities. We will work with them to benefit the people of Meirionnydd and look forward to welcoming them to the Plaid team here in Gwynedd.”

New Plaid Councillor Mandy Williams-Davies explained: “I am absolutely delighted to be elected on my own doorstep, and look forward to working with my local community to make a real difference in Blaenau. One of my personal goals is to try and ensure a sustainable future for this great community and by working with Gwynedd Council and its partners regenerate the town’s quality of life - economically, socially and environmentally. I will endeavour to work hard on behalf of all sectors of this fantastic community. Thank you to everyone who has supported me during the past few weeks, and to the electors for putting their faith in me.”

Of his victory, new Plaid Councillor Gareth Thomas said: “It is a great honour for me to be given the opportunity to represent my local community. I feel that one of the most important things I can do now is listen to people’s views. I look forward to hearing the residents’ views on local issues, finding out about their concerns and discussing possible solutions with them as we work together here in Penrhyn. The needs of the area are foremost in my mind and I endeavour to work hard on behalf of each and everyone who put their trust in me. Thank you to everyone who assisted me in this campaign.”