Plaid Cymru group leader Colin Mann has commented on the election results for Caerphilly County when the party returned 18 councillors - the same number as in the 2017 result.
Colin Mann said: “We have returned 18 councillors, the same number as in 2017. It was a solid performance by the party but is disappointing that we did not make progress at this election.
“I’m very pleased in many wards people have once again shown faith in their Plaid Cymru candidates and we gained two seats in St Cattwg ward. It is the first time we have held a county level in the St Cattwg ward and represents good progress in the north of the borough. Although we did not win a seat in Aberbargoed and Bargoed there was an excellent performance from our candidates and it is something we can build on.
“I’m sorry that our Crumlin candidate Mike Davies was not re-elected and we thank him for all his work in the ward. We are disappointed that we did not win a single seat in the Islwyn half of the county borough and this is something that will need to be looked at.
“Plaid remains the second largest party on the council and we will continue to hold Labour to account and challenge them when we believe they are going down the wrong road.
“I would like to thank all our candidates and everyone that showed faith in Plaid Cymru candidates and I offer my congratulations to the Labour Party.”