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New faces to represent some Newtown council seats

Created on 06/05/2022 @ 20:35
There's a different landscape in the county and affecting Newtown residents following the local elections, including new faces in Newtown.

Educations, sevice cuts, tax rises and national politics have all affected the local political landscape.

Glyn Preston to Llanidloes who at 22 is the youngest councillor elected in Powys since at least reorganisation in 1995. While veteran councillor, Liberal Democrat Garweth Morgan, was also elected.

Adam Kennerley of the Welsh Liberal Democrats was elected for Newtown North, while Kelly Healy of the Welsh Lib Dems was elected for Newtown Central and South along with Cllr David Selby.

In Newtown North, Conservative Peter Lewington was elected.

Powys County Council leader Cllr Rosemarie Styles has been ousted, while Llanidloes councillor and Cabinet member for Education, Phyl Davies, from Llanidloes, have lost their seats. Myfanwy Alexander and Rachel Powell, both cabinet members, have also lost their seats.

Across Powys, the Lib Dems enjoyed a resurgence by winning the most seats – 24 (+11), but it was not enough for a majority with Independent councillors winning 17 seats (-13), the Conservatives winning 14 (-5), Labour 9 (+2), Plaid Cymru 3 (+1) and the Green Party retaining their single seat with Jeremy Thorp winning Montgomery & Forden.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said: “The results today in Powys really are seismic and the Welsh Liberal Democrats now have the highest number of councillors on the council ever. 

“The results here tell us that politics in the county is changing once again. Our team ran a really fantastic, positive campaign that resonated with voters who were fed up with mismanagement by the Conservatives and Independents.  

“We’ve had a terrific range of hard-working and diverse candidates elected, including our highest ever number of female councillors in Powys and a number of energetic young candidates.

“These results not only put us in a strong position for local Government, but shows that the work we have been doing to rebuild the party as a serious political force in Powys is working and we will be looking forward to Westminster elections.”

Negotiations will be held behind the scenes now to try and form a cabinet and to elect a new Leader.