Plaid Cymru is celebrating significant gains across Wales, breaking through into traditional Labour strongholds.
The party has increased its number of seats by 33, bringing them to within four seats of their best ever result at a local election.
Plaid Cymru achieved its best ever result in their key target seat of Ynys Mon whilst also becoming the largest party in Rhondda, which Plaid Cymru won from Labour in the 2016 Assembly election.
The party increased its majority in its stronghold of Gwynedd and made gains in the Liberal Democrat stronghold of Ceredigion. They also made a number of breakthroughs in the Labour strongholds of Aberavon, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Denbigh, Neath and Wrexham.
Commenting, Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood, said:
“Plaid Cymru has won 202 seats across Wales, just four short of our best ever result.
“Where we have run councils we’ve made gains whilst in other areas like Ynys Mon we have had our best ever results.
“We are now the biggest party in Rhondda and we’ve made significant gains from the Labour Party in their own strongholds such as Neath, Aberavon and Blaenau Gwent.
“It’s particularly pleasing that, in an election dominated by Westminster personalities, Plaid Cymru has bucked the trend and seen off the Tory surge, strengthening our position as the second biggest party in Wales.
“Across Wales there will be more Plaid Cymru councillors defending their communities and standing up to the Tories.
“The story in Wales is Plaid Cymru and Tory gains versus Labour and UKIP losses. Only Plaid Cymru is fit to defend our communities and defend our country from the Tories in Westminster.”