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Last night Welsh Conservatives gained a Council seat from the Liberal Democrats in one of the last electoral tests before the Assembly elections.  The Newton ward, in the marginal Gower constituency of Welsh Assembly Health Minister Edwina Hart, hasn't been held by the Conservatives since the early 1980s. The constituency was held by Labour in this year's General Election. The ward comes under Swansea Council.

Welcoming the by-election news, the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives on Swansea Council, René Kinzett said:

"This is a disappointing result for the Lib Dem-led Council, which has failed to improve public services for the people of Swansea.

"This win for the Welsh Conservatives in Newton shows voters are looking to the Party for a positive and progressive alternative in Swansea.

"This was also a bad result for Labour in the Health Minister's backyard and will give the party cause for concern ahead of May's Assembly elections."

The result was:

Miles Thomas (Welsh Conservative): 545
Lib Dem: 299
Labour: 187
Independent: 108
Plaid Cymru: 31

2008 Result:
Liberal Democrat 718
Welsh Conservative 497
Green Party 115

3.45pm update:

Here is the full rundown of all of yesterday's other local councl by-election results, using Press Association figures:

Harworth ward, Bassetlaw
Lab 1345
C 182
Ind 68
Lib Dem 39
(May 2010 – Lab 2345, C 891).
Lab hold. Swing 13.1% C to Lab.

Ashley Green, Latimer and Chenies ward, Chiltern
C 399
Lib Dem 92
Lab 47
Ukip 11
(May 2007 – C 501, Lib Dem 113, Lab 52).
C hold. Swing 1.1% C to Lib Dem.

Great Missenden ward, Chiltern
C 306
Lib Dem 281
Ukip 90
(May 2007 – C 536, Lib Dem 214).
C hold. Swing 19.6% C to Lib Dem.

Abbey ward, East Staffordshire
C 604
Lab 84
(May 2007 – C 865, Lab 135).
C hold. Swing 1.3% Lab to C.

Hersham North ward, Elmbridge
C 463
Ind 453
Lab 135
(May 2010 – C 1450, Lib Dem 661, Lab 458, Ind 320).
C hold. Swing 1.5% C to Lab.

St Georges Hill ward, Elmbridge
Ind 515
C 412
Lab 36
(May 2010 – C 1467, Ind 1031, Lib Dem 361, Lab 207).
Ind hold. Swing 0.9% C to Lab.

Andover South ward, Hampshire
C 1183
Lib Dem 1111
Lab 245
Ukip 233
(May 2009 – C 2102, Lib Dem 961, Ukip 916, Lab 303).
C hold. Swing 12% C to Lib Dem.

River ward, Medway
Lab 695
C 631
Lib Dem 92
Ukip 42
Green 36
English Democrats 31
(May 2007 – Two seats Lab 791, C 770, Lab 712, C 660, Lib Dem 161, Ukip 131, Lib Dem 127, Medway Ind Party 119; August 12 2010 by-election – C 617, Lab 544, Lib Dem 104, Green 45, BNP 39, English Democrats 33).
Lab gain from C. Swing 1.1% C to Lab. Click here for full details of the circumstances of this by-election.

Ashwick, Chilcompton and Stratton ward, Mendip
C 491
Lib Dem 440
Lab 111
Green 46
(May 2007 – Two seats C 791, 719, Lib Dem 374, 300, Lab 188, 162).
C hold. Swing 14.1% C to Lib Dem.

Capel, Leigh and Newdigate ward, Mole Valley
Lib Dem 618
C 558
Ukip 97
Green 61
(May 2010 – C 1193, Lib Dem 1034, Ukip 169, Green 112).
Lib Dem gain from C. Swing 5.4% C to Lib Dem.

Barton and Sandhills ward, Oxford
Lab 837
Lib Dem 334
Green 119
C 86
Ukip 48
Ind 42
(May 2010 – Lab 1239, Lib Dem 815, C 661, Green 188).
Lab gain from Lib Dem. Swing 9.8% Lib Dem to Lab.

Manor Castle ward, Sheffield
Lab 2092
Lib Dem 303
Green 224
C 142
(May 2010 – Lab 3371, Lib Dem 1552, BNP 465, C 438, Green 260).
Lab hold. Swing 17.4% Lib Dem to Lab.

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