Action Stations! The byelection is now confirmed for July 10th with Plaid Cymru having former Mayor Aled Davies as a candidate and the Liberal Democrats having Alec Dauncey. I must admit I expected the Lib Dems to select current Mayor Lorrae Southgate-Jones, I am sure she will be diappointed and a tad irked by it all, I honestly thought she was a shoe in for the nomination. Aled is an excellent choice for Plaid, a local lad totally committed to improving Aberystwyth. Alec Dauncey is a sometimes here sometimes not candidate who stood against me in Tirymynach in 1999. I cannot say his campaign was energetic but it will all be different this time, there is more at stake.
Prior to the enforced Liberal Democrat resignation the Council stood at 23-19 in favour of the Ind-LibDem-Lab rainbow coalition, take 1 from the coalition and its 22-19. Now if there is a Plaid Cymru gain in the byelection then its 22-20 which is totally unsustainable and unstable in a political sense. Expect a blitz by the Lib Dems but they still have questions to answer as to why they allowed their previous councillor to stand in the first place. Let the electorate decide.