Phew! After a long night at the Glyndwr University Sports Centre the new set of Councillors have been elected. For those of you not concerned with the political landscape you can breathe a sigh of relief as the next one (local one at least!) is not scheduled until 2017. If however you read the candidate responses to our unique Local Election Q&A and were wondering how the candidates who replied fared last night + some other stats, here’s your answers:-
- Out of the 52 Local Divisions, we received a minimum of 1 response from 28 of them
- We received 9 responses (out of the 40 total) from current (or former for some!) seat holders
- Over a third of candidates who responded in the 28 divisions won their seat
- 6 of the 40 candidates who replied to us gained (or took) a seat from another party
Speaking of our Q&A exercise Andy Williams, newly elected Welsh Labour Councillor for Garden Village was pleased to get “the extra opportunity of making contact with people around the area”. Utilising the opportunity helped Williams surge to victory with a substantial majority of 522 votes. Other candidates we spoke to throughout the course of the day were less enthusiastic. Some had thrown our Q&A away, and some chose not to respond out of scepticism. However Julie Bomber, who stood for Plaid Cymru in the Grosvenor division felt “it’s a great idea for people to get a comparison of views from candidates”.
We certainly hope you enjoyed our Q&A and that it helped (to some extent) with the decision making process. Thanks once again to all 40 candidates who took the time to write back to us.