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Friday, January 16, 2004

Tories wiped out in Powys

A Council by-election yesterday saw the Conservatives lose their last seat on Powys County Council. In a three-cornered contest in the Dolforwyn ward in Montgomeryshire, they came third with 39 votes. The by-election was won by an Independent with 480 and 81.6% of those votes cast. There was a 45% turnout. I have updated my by-election chart on this website.

Note: Oliver Kamm makes the very fair point that I should have mentioned the second placed candidate in this by-election. It was of course the Welsh Liberal Democrat, who with 69 votes managed a paltry 11.7%, just over twice what is now needed to retain a deposit in a Parliamentary election. Of course it was not our seat to defend.

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