Plaid Cymru gain council seat from Labour in Wrexham as by-elections resume after pandemic pause
Plaid Cymru have gained a council seat from Wrexham in a by-election in the town, in one of the first Welsh elections since the start of the pandemic.
Rebecca Martin won the Maes-y-Dre seat for the party with 30.7% of the vote. Labour saw their vote fall -17%. It was the first time Plaid Cymru had stood in the ward.
Plaid Cymru also held the Corwen seat in Denbighshire with 65.8% of the vote.
Becca Martin, 33, was selected to stand in Maes-y-Dre after the ward’s Labour councillor Paul Jones, who won the seat in 2017, announced he was resigning for family reasons in September.
She currently works as a gemstone specialist in a town centre jewellery shop, where she’s been employed since leaving school, and is a mother to three-year-old Charlie.
Queensway Plaid Cymru Councillor and Senedd candidate Carrie Harper posted on Twitter to say: “The last two county council by-elections in Wrexham have been won by Plaid Cymru… something’s afoot.
“It’s also now a majority women council group.”
Maes-y-Dre had sat empty since September until the Welsh Government gave the go-ahead in January for by-elections to resume.
Corwen was empty since the death of Huw ‘Chick’ Jones in February. He had been elected unopposed in 2017.
The full result in Maesydre was:
PC: 30.7% (+30.7)
Lab: 27.2% (-17.0)
Con: 25.2% (+0.9)
Lib Dem: 9.6% (-11.5)
Independent: 7.4% (+7.4)
The Corwen result was:
Lib Dem: 14.0%