Pure and simple – here is where Ynys Môn ranks in each of the parties’ hit list (UKIP and the Socialist Labour Party excepted because they didn’t have a full slate of candidates in the last Welsh plebiscite):
- Plaid – target seat number 1
- Labour – target seat number 6
- Conservative – target seat number 6
- Lib Dem – target seat number 23
So it would have been a massive disappointment for Plaid not to have taken this seat, given that it is their number one target in 2015. That they took it with such aplomb bodes rather well for some of their other target seats.
Labour’s disastrous result must be hugely worrying, not just for Albert Owen. If they can’t even take their 6th target seat (out of only 12, remember), and to lose in such style, then they stand no hope of winning the UK election in 2015. Too early to call it? I’m not so sure.
The Conservatives likewise took a hammering. And if they can’t win their number 6 target then they stand no chance of an overall majority in 2015. We’re looking straight at another hung parliament.
And the Lib Dems. Bless them, they’ve got 39 target seats and this was just number 23. To scrape just over 300 votes, come last, and have 16 seats where you’d expect them to do worse must be terrifying for all their AMs and MPs. Retrospectively, perhaps the coalition with the Conservatives wasn’t such a great idea after all.