The result of last night's rare Tuesday by-election in Torfaen was a comfortable gain for Labour. The vacancy in the Snatchwood division was caused by the death of Cllr. Tom Gould, who had been sitting as an Independent following the disbandment of the People's Voice movement in Torfaen.
For the second time this year Labour turned their apparent advantage in a Torfaen by-election into an extra Council seat as Barry Taylor eased to a 78 vote victory. Another thing this contest had in common with the earlier Torfaen by-election in Pontypool is that the Independent candidate Mike Harris was Labour's nearest challenger, polling 161 votes in both elections. The remnants of the People's Voice party again faired badly as Steve Joy, who was effectively their candidate, was a disappointing third in a division they won just over three years ago.
The victory edges Labour closer to that elusive majority in the Torfaen as they now hold 21 of the 44 seats. They should be confident emerging from the all out elections next May with full control of the Council.
Torfaen County Borough Council
Barry Taylor (E)