As there aren't many by-elections this month, your columnist intends to fill the gap by turning his gaze to the national picture, and putting together a prediction for the general election which you can all laugh at. Stay tuned.
By-election on 2nd April 2015:
Gwynedd county council
Caused by the death of Plaid Cymru councillor Huw Edwards. A Gwynedd councillor since 2005 and chairman of the council in 2013, Edwards served three times as Mayor of Caernarfon and spent over 30 years in the Caernarfon Male Voice Chior.
|Cae Mur, Caernarfon|
Edwards had been the councillor here since winning a by-election just before Christmas 2005: he had also stood in the 2004 ordinary election as an independent, finishing second. At his final re-election in 2012 Edwards won 60-40 in a straight fight with Labour.
Defending for Plaid Cymru is Glyn Tomos, who works for the Welsh-language local newspaper Papur Dre. He is not to be confused with Glyn Thomas, the Labour candidate who fought the division in 2012 and represents the division on Caernarfon town council. Maria Sarnacki, who finished second to Plaid in a town council by-election here last year, is standing as an independent candidate; Jason Parry, a barber, represents the anti-Plaid regionalist party Llais Gwynedd; and the ballot paper is completed by the Conservatives' David Hibbert, who gives an address in Bangor and is presumably therefore a paper candidate.
Parliamentary and Assembly constituency: Arfon
ONS Travel to Work Area: Bangor, Caernarfon and Llangefni
David Hibbert (C)
Jason Parry (LlG)
Maria Sarnacki (Ind)
Glyn Thomas (Lab)
Glyn Tomos (PC)
May 2012 result PC 397 Lab 268
May 2008 result PC 424 C 120 Lab 118
Dec 2005 by-election PC 250 Lab 155 Ind 80 Ind 51 Ind 32
June 2004 result Ind 427 Ind 260 Lab 79 Ind 73