The council election results in Wrecsam were a disappointing reflection on the work put in by the 13 Plaid Cymru candidates. Arfon Jones in Gwersyllt West retained his seat with an increased majority and four other candidates lost by fewer than 70 votes. Cllrs Carrie Harper and Marc Jones were among them. In Rhosnesni Mike Davies came within 27 votes of unseating Labour and in Erddig Teri Birch was close to beating the independent councillor - great efforts considering these were first outings.
Plaid has never stood so many candidates in the borough and amassed support in such disparate areas.
There were local and UK factors at work when assessing the results, but the main issue generally was the UK political scene, which saw Labour advance on an anti-Tory/Fib Dem tide. The weakness of the Welsh media meant that another positive alternative to the coalition government was never on the horizon for voters, despite our best efforts.
Even so, there are positives to be gained amid the disappointment of losing two councillors. One is that we increased our vote in all but one of the 13 seats we contested and we have also gained new community councillors across the borough.
Plaid Wrecsam will regroup and move on from this setback. We've had worse setbacks and we will be back.