MARCHOG and Y FELINHELI
Caused respectively by the resignations of independent councillor Chris O'Neal and Plaid Cymru councillor Siân Gwenllian. O'Neal, who has served since 2012, resigned after pleading guilty to assaulting an employee of the taxi firm he formerly ran; he also spent part of last year in court being cleared of a blackmail charge. Gwenllian was first elected in 2008, and is moving on to bigger things after being elected as Plaid Cymru AM for Arfon in this year's Senedd election.
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Gwenllian never faced a contested election in her eight years on Gwynedd council, having been unopposed in 2008 and 2012. The last contested election in Y Felinheli was in 2004 with Labour narrowly beating an independent candidate. Marchog's representation had a clearout in 2012, with the previous Labour and Independent councillors losing their seats to two new independent councillors.
Both by-elections are straight fights. In Marchog the defending independent candidate Dylan Fernley is challenged by Labour's Luke Tugwell; both candidates give addresses on the estate. In Y Felinheli the new Plaid candidate is Gareth Griffith, who is opposed by Bangor-based Conservative candidate Andrew Kinsman.
May 2012 result Ind 365/248/76 Lab 218/143
May 2008 result Lab 247/184 Ind 202
June 2004 result Lab 324/172 Ind 303
May 2012 result PC unopposed
May 2008 result PC unopposed
June 2004 result Lab 384 Ind 354