During the general election campaign, everyone pretty much agreeed that in the result of a hung parliament, the Lib Dems would hold the balance of power and would have the choice of either a Conservative lead coalition or a Labour lead coalition (as we know however, Labour did even worse than expected and so a Labour lead coalition was simply a non starter) and so we (as I am a Lib Dem member) went into coalition with the Conservatives thus creating the "strong and stable government" we promised in the general election manifesto.
And what thanks do we get (for preventing the country going down the pan like Greece) huge local election losses, virtual wipeout in Scotland, reduced to just one constituency AM in Wales and our poll ratings slide to a degree to be level with the SNP. A trend that was very evident in the Welsh by-elections last week.
Arllechwedd (Gwynedd): Plaid 255 (56%) Lib Dem 93 (20%) Lab 72 (16%) Con 35 (8%)
Plaid Cymru GAIN from Liberal Democrat with a majority of 162 (36%) on a swing of 21% from Liberal Democrat to Plaid Cymru
Uwchaled (Conwy): Ind 477 (94%) Con 30 (6%)
Independent GAIN from Plaid Cymru with a majority of 447 (88%). No swing calculation
Marchwiel (Wrexham): Ind 302 (64%) Con 172 (36%)
Independent HOLD with a majority of 130 (28%). No swing calculation.
And so far across Wales since the general election in wards last contested in 2008, the story is extremely uninspiring
Labour 6,287 votes (32%) winning 8 seats (+4)
Plaid Cymru 5,416 votes (28%) winning 5 seats (unchanged)
Independents 2,995 votes (15%) winning 3 seats (-2)
Conservatives 2,370 votes (12%) winning 1 seat (unchanged)
Liberal Democrats 1,266 votes (7%) winning 1 seat (-1)
Others 830 votes (4%) winning 2 seats (-1)
Greens 300 votes (2%) winning 0 seats (unchanged)
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