Labour victory in Wales
Labour has made big gains right across Wales, emerging as the only major winner of the night.
The party won undisputed control of eight councils, Cardiff, Merthyr, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Swansea, Torfaen and Newport and is set to be the biggest party in three more.
It is thought to be the party’s best local election result in Wales since local government was reorganised in 1996.
A statement from first minister Carwyn Jones, Welsh Labour leader, said: ‘We have reconnected with people and our community campaigning has resonated with voters right across Wales.’
In the Vale of Glamorgan, Labour fell just two seats short of winning outright control of the council after its candidates ousted long-standing Conservatives in several wards.
The Conservatives lost several of its councillors in Cardiff, as well as its place as the second largest party.
Plaid Cymru lost Caerphilly Council and some of its gains in Cardiff.
Pembrokeshire, Powys, Conwy, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Carmathenshire and Rhondda Cynon Taf will not release the results of their councils until around 2pm today as they did not count overnight.
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