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Labour win extra Cardiff councillor after by-election, increasing majority in city

12 Nov 2021 2 minutes Read
Newly elected Labour Councillor Julie Sangani, who won the Cardiff by-election in the Heath Picture: Alex Seabrook.

Alex Seabrook, local democracy reporter

Labour has won a by-election in Cardiff gaining an extra councillor in the ward of Heath and Birchgrove.

The by-election was held on Thursday, November 11, after former independent councillor Fenella Bowden recently retired.

The results mean the ward is now represented by two Labour councillors and one Conservative councillor, strengthening Labour’s overall majority in the city with 39 of 75 councillors.

The new Labour councillor, Julie Sangani, said the result was an “achievement for Welsh Labour” and added: “Everybody has come together to support our community. My priority is still the same—education, environment and improvements for the local community.”

The full results are:

  • Julie Sangani, Labour, 1,729 votes, 47%
  • Peter Hudson, Conservative, 1,128 votes, 31%
  • Kathryn Lock, Liberal Democrats, 561 votes, 15%
  • Gwennol Haf, Plaid Cymru, 250 votes, 7%

A total of 3,679 ballots were received, meaning a 38.4 per cent turnout.

Propel’s candidate had to stand down at the last minute due to a sudden change in family circumstances.

The Green party has recently formed a coalition with Plaid Cymru in Cardiff, with a joint list of candidates. In 2017 the two candidates jointly won 5% of the vote.

As the ward has historically been evenly split between the parties, the results could be seen as a possible indicator for how the next local elections in Cardiff might go.

In May next year, voters across Wales will choose who should run the 22 local authorities, including Cardiff.

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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
15 days ago

The Drakeford Effect!!

Grayham Jones
15 days ago

Plaid Cymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 are never going to win in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 until it starts fighting for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it must stop getting involved with British politics and start fighting welsh politics they have to stop being little Englanders and start fighting for wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 they are afraid of upsetting the English people in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 they should be out on the streets stopping second homes in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 and fighting to take all second homes of them and give them to young welsh people who can’t get on the housing market because of incomers start fighting for your… Read more »

Jack
Jack
15 days ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

I don’t think 2nd homes was a big issue in the Heath ward of Cardiff…

j humphrys
j humphrys
15 days ago
Reply to  Jack

It should be, seeing as “investors” from as far as Hong Kong are Rachmanising
the buy to rent system. Welsh Labour are dragging their heels.

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
14 days ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

lol!!

John Brooks
John Brooks
15 days ago

Just love the Plaid Cymru candidates name.

hdavies15
hdavies15
15 days ago
Reply to  John Brooks

Shame more people didn’t take to it and vote for her !

Jack
Jack
15 days ago

There’s been quite a bit of hype about the Plaid Cymru – Green pact at Cardiff Council level, but this is a bit of a reality check.

There are substantial parts of Cardiff (probably most wards tbh) where both parties have very little presence.

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