LABOUR suffered local election losses in Wales, official results showed yesterday, but remained the biggest party.
First Minister and Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones saw his party lose control of Bridgend, the area he represents in the Assembly, after losing 10 seats.
In the south Wales valleys, independents took control of Blaenau Gwent from Labour. And in Merthyr Tydfil, the Labour council leader was defeated.
Labour retained overall control across Cardiff, Swansea, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport and Neath Port Talbot councils.
The party won the same number of seats as it held previously on both Wrexham and Flintshire councils, both of which remained under no overall control.
Mr Jones said: “Welsh Labour candidates and activists can be incredibly proud of themselves today.
“They fought another tough election and once again defied the odds.
“The Tories had been briefing that they’d be walking into power right across Wales this morning — that simply has not happened.