2017 Welsh local elections
The 2016 Welsh local elections were held on 4 May 2017 to elect members of all 22 local authorities in Wales. This included the Isle of Anglesey, which was previously up for election in 2013 due to having its elections delayed for a year. Community council elections also took place on the same day. These local elections were held as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom. Apart from Anglesey, the last elections were held in 2012. Normally these elections take place every four years, but the 2017 elections were postponed for a year in order to avoid clashing with the 2016 Welsh Assembly election, which itself had been postponed by a year to avoid clashing with the 2015 general election.
All 1,271 seats to 22 Welsh councils
Colours denote the winning party with outright control (left), and the largest party by ward (right)
The Labour Party incurred a net loss of 112 council seats, losing control control of the Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend councils. Labour did, however, retain control of Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, and five other councils. The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru saw a net gain of 38 seats and retained control of Gwynedd Council, while also falling just short of controlling Carmarthenshire County Council. The Conservatives saw a net gain of 79 seats, and gained control of one council, Monmouthshire. The Conservatives also became the largest party in Vale of Glamorgan and Denbighshire. In ten of the 22 councils, no party had overall control of the council.