Labour have easily held their seat in Bettws ward of Bridgend Council after a by-election on Thursday 30th August. The Labour vote rose slightly in a turnout that was significantly up on the May local elections.
Eighteen-year old independent candidate Catherine Jones came second, capturing most of the opposition vote. The Greens collapsed from 23.7% in May when they were the sole opposition to Labour to just 2.6%
The Conservatives also contested the seat for the first time, polling just twelve votes.
The most notable outcome of the result was the considerable increase in turnout, in reverse of what we usually observe in local by-elections. Labour have been given much of the credit for this, running a highly visible campaign throughout the election campaign. The presence of a Conservative candidate this time is also postulated as motivating more Labour voters to turn out to the polls.
Full results and news coverage is available on the Bettws by-election page.