Caerphilly county borough council
Caused by the resignation of Labour councillor Colin Durham, citing work commitments. He had served on Caerphilly council since 2012.
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In more modern times Islwyn has given its name to a parliamentary constituency which sent Neil Kinnock to Parliament for many years. Ynysddu's election results have been more mixed with its two Noughties elections being close fights between Labour and Plaid that saw the parties split the division's two seats. Labour pulled away in the 2012 election to beat Plaid 61-33, both the outgoing councillors polling well ahead of their running-mates.
Defending for Labour is Wattsville resident Philippa Marsden, a member of the Unite national committee, vice-chair of the Islwyn branch of Labour and chair of Newport Harriers athletics club. Marina Pritchard, the second Plaid candidate here in 2012, tries again. Also standing are Matthew Kidner for the Lib Dems and Joe Smyth for UKIP.
Parliamentary and Assembly constituency: Islwyn
May 2012 result Lab 719/559 PC 382/224 C 70/57
May 2008 result Lab 572/474 PC 552/411 C 144/99 Ind 112
June 2004 result PC 598/538 Lab 598/576