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Conservatives hail community council by-election win as party targets seats at county level

18 Dec 2021 2 minute read
New community councillor Keith Fitton with Virginia Crosbie MP at Amlwch Job Centre. Ynys Môn Conservatives image.

Gareth Williams, local democracy reporter

Conservatives on Ynys Môn have hailed a community council by-election win as the party targets gains at local authority level.

Thursday saw the Tories gain a seat representing the Cemaes ward on Llanbadrig Community Council, after already launching a drive for candidates for May’s local elections.

The island is currently in a unusual position of being a Conservative seat at Westminster level despite not having a single councillor on the 30 – but soon to be 35 – member Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Two Labour and a lone Liberal Democrat are presently the only party representatives other than the largest bloc of Plaid Cymru and variously inclined independent members.

The last time the party won any seats in the council chamber in Llangefni was 2008, with wins by Goronwy Parry and Eric Roberts in Valley and Trearddur respectively.

But failing to retain its presence following the introduction of wide scale boundary changes and new multi member wards in 2013, the party also failed to make any ground in 2017.

Milestone

According to local Conservatives, however, Keith Fitton’s win over an independent candidate in Thursday’s two-horse race in Llanbadrig “is seen as a significant milestone in the party’s resurgence on the island.”

Cllr Fitton said: “I would like to thank the Ynys Môn Conservatives team for their support, the Council’s Democratic Services team who worked into the night to run the election and, of course, all those who came out and voted.

“I am delighted to have secured this win and look forward to serving my community to the best of my ability however they voted.”

Virginia Crosbie, the MP for Ynys Môn since December 2019, added: “Keith’s win is great news for the local Conservatives and I hope to see more successes in the County Council elections next May.

“My win in the General Election, Keith’s victory and the increased vote we achieved in the Senedd election earlier this year, all underline the fact that the people of Anglesey are looking for change.

“They are looking to us to deliver that change and we will not let them down.”

Llanbadrig Community Council by-election result:

Keith Hervey Fitton (Conservative) 74

Michael Charles White (Independent) 63


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Paul
Paul
11 months ago

Unionist parties should not be permitted to contest any elections in Cymru.

Richard
Richard
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Thats a bit extrene Paul …. We only win arguments by sharing our views with the electorate…and testing our opponants ..

Last edited 11 months ago by Richard
Paul
Paul
11 months ago
Reply to  Richard

How is it ‘extreme’ to insist that every party in Cymru is committed to serving the interests of Cymru?

Richard
Richard
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Paul

the over whelming numbers of community and town councillors in our nation are elected as individuals not the representatives of any party.

Indeed even at County level you will find again those without party attachment the second in number across Cymru.

I had the honour to represent the 680 in Community councils in Cardiff Bay on the the statituary Partnership Council….along with another individual elected member from near Caerfyrddin.

Last edited 11 months ago by Richard
Paul
Paul
11 months ago
Reply to  Richard

I did not comment about independents. I wrote that individuals standing on a unionist ticket should not be permitted to stand. We are as capable of managing our own affairs as any other society. ‘controlled from England’ is not a valid argument in an election in Cymru.

Richard
Richard
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

I hear what your saying Paul and respect your thoughts though feel anyone should be encouraged to stand with a legimate program – banning folk or whom they represent is the practice of countries i would not like our ooen , democratic and enclusive Wales to replocate.. A slipoery slope ?
Just my view 🤔

Geoff Evans
Geoff Evans
11 months ago
Reply to  Richard

. . . and Cymru became a member of the so-called ‘Union’ how, Richard – by asking the people their opinion? Cymru is a part of the ‘Union’ due to naked aggression, mass butchery of it’s people, ruthless colonialism and centuries of brainwashing in an effort to make the Cymry think and act like passive second-class English citizens, manipulated into giving their allegiance to their conquerors – to the very people who stripped them of their freedom. laws, confidence and dignity as a people. Under any democratic, free nation, the imposed politics and colonial political parties of a former colonial… Read more »

Richard
Richard
11 months ago
Reply to  Geoff Evans

Geoff – i fear many of those who contributed in a negative way to our historical journey towards greater self determination – reside ( as some do now ) this side of Offas Dyke,

Lee
Lee
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

That’ll leave just one party, then. Hardly democratic, is it?

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
11 months ago
Reply to  Lee

Other pro-Wales parties are available.
As for unionist parties, Welsh Labour – despite its pro-UK background and mindset, and its failure to use devolution effectively until the pandemic began – at least has stood up to Johnson since October 2019 and has a pro-devolution mandate from the Welsh electorate.

Grayham Jones
11 months ago

Anglesey got to stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

M.R.
M.R.
11 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

Grayham Jones – VC will not get in again. I am convinced of that.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
11 months ago

Must be a lot of naive voters in Mam Cymru to put faith in a party such as the Conservatives in any form.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
11 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Oh come on. A majority of 11 in a total vote of 137 is what you would get by buying a round down the pub.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
11 months ago

In the next election Labour should let Plaid take this, at least 65%of electorate are not Tory

A J
A J
11 months ago

I’m surprised this made the news. This happened in my village and the turnout was dismal. He won because more people here know than the other guy.

The Conmen are really overselling this – a community council election doesn’t really reflect voting intention in the local county council elections.

If the current polls are accurate, VC will be out on her a*** come the next general election. We are not happy with her.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
11 months ago
Reply to  A J

Your comment has put things in perspective and reassured me somewhat 👍
Plaid must campaign hard for the council and parliamentary elections.

Chris Franks
Chris Franks
11 months ago

Impressive number of votes!

Quornby
Quornby
11 months ago

Is that a MAGA hat he’s wearing?

Richard
Richard
11 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

At first take I thought I had scene him at a certain happening in Washington DC 🤭

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