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Huw Thomas, Jane Henshaw and Ed Stubbs celebrate after being elected for the Splott ward for Welsh Labour during the election count  on 6 May 2022 in Cardiff, Wales.
Huw Thomas, Jane Henshaw and Ed Stubbs celebrate after being elected for the Splott ward for Welsh Labour in Cardiff. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty

The Conservatives suffered disastrous losses across Wales in the local elections, with the party’s Welsh leadership blaming the crisis in No 10 for their woes, while there were encouraging gains for Labour, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens.

One of the most striking results on Friday came from Denbighshire in the north-east, where the Tories dropped from first to fourth place. They also lost control of their only council, Monmouthshire, in the south-east.

Denbighshire is seen as crucial because the Tories routed Labour in the north-east during the 2019 general election. Boris Johnson visited the seaside town of Rhyl last week to try to shore up support but some party members on the ground believe his presence hindered rather than helped. The Tories had been part of an independent-led administration but Labour became the biggest party in the county and may now try to form a new coalition.

In Monmouthshire, Labour becomes the largest group for the first time since 1995.

Andrew RT Davies, the leader of the Tories at the Welsh parliament, said the party’s candidates had wanted to talk about how they were tackling the cost-of-living crisis locally, but had to answer questions about Johnson.

He told the BBC: “The national headlines were challenging. Boris Johnson has my support, but he has to use the summer months now to make sure that he can build the confidence of the party, the confidence of the people to take us forward into the next general election campaign.”

Labour was celebrating victory in the south Wales valleys seat of Blaenau Gwent, where the party gained control from independents. It also won overall control in another of its key target seats, Bridgend.

The party retained councils such Cardiff, Newport, Torfaen, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly, though the Labour leader in the latter area, Philippa Marsden, lost her seat, her defeat blamed on an unpopular plan for a new waste plant.

Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Labour leader, said: “This has been a very good day for Labour across Wales but especially when the Tories have been our main opposition. The most striking case has been in Monmouthshire, where not only have we taken the council out of Conservative control but Labour is now the largest party and is in within striking distance of forming an administration in its own right.

“There have been two powerful themes on the doorstep – the conduct of the PM and what that says about standards in public life. But even more than that is the cost-of-living crisis. People say to us this cabinet of millionaires in Downing Street has no idea what it’s like at the end of the week to know whether you’re going to have the money to put food on the table or be able to heat your home. It’s the gap between people’s ordinary experiences and the way they see UK Tory ministers divorced from that.”

Plaid Cymru took control of the councils of Ynys Môn – the Isle of Anglesey – Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

The Lib Dems became the largest party in Powys, mid Wales. The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Jane Dodds, said: “This election marks a turning point for our party; this is the first time we’ve gained seats in any election in Wales since 2008.” The Greens also won seats across the country where they have not been represented before, from Newport in the south to Conwy in the north.

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Dive Deeper:
The full results from around Wales in the local elections 2022 as the new political map confirmed
The Conservatives had a difficult day across Wales
Tories lose control of only majority council in Wales
Labour now have the most seats in the former Tory stronghold of Monmouthshire.
Tory turmoil, Labour celebration and the shock results of night - Martin Shipton's 2022 local election analysis
With a tiny number of exceptions where recounts will take place today, the results of Thursday’s local elections have now…
Tory losses in Wales as Labour regain ground
The Conservative Party fear losing their only majority-controlled council, Monmouthshire, as Labour wrestle Blaenau Gwent back.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
The map of Wales is red, green and grey: it’s no country for the Tory party
Mark Drakeford’s Labour proved popular in local elections, says Grug Muse, co-editor of Welsh (Plural)
Tories lose control of only Welsh council after heavy local election losses
Monmouthshire was the only local authority held by the Tories, which now falls to no overall control
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