Caerphilly county borough council
Caused by the death of Labour councillor Gina Bevan, who had served since 2012.
|Moriah Street, Rhymney|
The ward is as safe Labour as you might expect for an ex-coalmining area, and at the most recent local elections in 2012 Labour had 47% here to 28% for Plaid and 25% for an independent.
Defending for Labour is David Harse, the leader of Rhymney town council. Despite their second place Plaid are not contesting this by-election; instead the opposition to Labour comes from independent candidates Peter Bailie and Mervyn Diggle, Nigel Godfrey who has somehow found ten people to nominate him as the Conservative candidate, and Ian Gorman of UKIP.
Parliamentary and Assembly constituency: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
May 2012 result Lab 698/543 PC 420 Ind 363
May 2008 result Lab 674/633 Ind 359
Sept 2007 by-election Lab 638 Ind 230
June 2004 result Lab 893/838 PC 273