Away from the Point FM area, perhaps the key battleground to follow in North Wales was Ynys Mon, where Plaid Cymru had hoped to regain control after fourteen years in the hands of Labour.
After a tense recount, Albert Owen managed to see off John Rowlands, but with his majority sharply reduced from 2,461 to just 229. Plaid had also missed out on its Ceredigion target but in its Northern heartland, Hywel Williams was returned in Arfon with a firm swing against Labour rival Alun Pugh, the ex-AM for Clwyd West.
Labour maintained all of its North East seats but big swings to the Conservatives and the UKIP cut Ian Lucas’ majority in Wrexham by half. The UKIP surge was repeated in Clwyd South but the gap between the victorious Susan Elan Jones (Labour) and her Tory rival showed little change from five years ago.
The two Flintshire seats also found UKIP in favour heavily but ultimately remained in Labour’s hands. David Hanson will serve a fifth term in Delyn and Mark Tami returned in Alyn & Deeside with a 40% share and a 3,343 majority over Laura Knightly, who last year, took over her father’s seat on Conwy County Council following a by-election in Towyn.
Guto Bebb was returned in Aberconwy with some 600 extra votes, in spite of Labour’s advances under Mary Wimbury. There’s also a change of AM in the Welsh Assembly – after Antoinette Sandbach’s election as the new Eddisbury MP. That opens the way for Llandudno councillor Janet Howarth to automatically become the Tories’ new North Wales regional AM, without the need for a by-election.