So Tycroes Electrol division remains in the hands of Welsh Labour and I am sure there new councillor will do the area proud.
I had to choose where I would base my-self during the last three weeks of the campaign, would I stay in London to help Ken, go to Plymouth to help Tudor or do I goto Llanelli to help my old mates? Well I decided to go and lend a hand in Llanelli, in all honestly it was always going to be LLanelli.
Most of my time was spent with Calum Higgins up in Tycroes, we knocked on 99% of doors leafleted every corner of the ward and talked to businesses, at 2100 hours on Thursday 3rd May we could do no more. We put down our pencils sent the records back to the office before we made our way down into Llanelli for the verification.
We were late for the postal vote and had no real indication of how many ballots had been returned by post, we then had to wait three hours before the verification of the votes cast on the day. Finally the time came they emptied the box onto the table and to my horror it looked as thou we had lost, I did all the calculations and after talking to Nia who did some sampling I thought we had lost by ten. I could not look at Calum as I had predicted a majority of 150 over Plaid. I finally told Calum that I thought we had lost, he could not hide the disappointment on his face. We went back to the hotel with a couple of bottles of wine feeling sick to the core, but then my brain clicked in how could we possibly have lost on the calculations I have done. So I told Calum not to panic and it may well come good.
I have to say that inside I was still sacred but some how we needed to get through the night and if the truth be known I did not sleep a wink as was I am sure the same for Calum.
0900 on Friday morning we headed to the Selwyn Samuel centre for the actual count, we then had to wait 4 hours before the counting took place. The count took about half an hour and still in the back of my head I was worried, but then things took a turn for the good.
We had indeed not done an accurate count of postal votes, that is a hard lesson for both Calum and I and in any future count I will turn up on time. So with all the votes counted and the piles separated we could see we had won, god I have never been so received we did a jig had a big hug and it would not be a true drama if I had not cried. The majority was 65 so my calculation of 150 did not look so bad and if all our promises had turned out that would have been the majority.
We then headed of down to the pub for lunch a couple of drinks to celebrate. During that lunch the new Councillor Higgins said he could not have done it without me, and that I tell you meant a lot to me he also stated that when I decide to run I will have his full support. Diolch yn fawr Calum.
In the evening we had a few drinks with friends which was enjoyable.
I have known Calum for just over a year, we have had our up’s and downs but this campaign has really cemented our friendship.
Finally thanks to John Petrie, Merion, Lynn, Glan and Caitlin for there help and support throughout. Calum when I say I am happy and proud of you I mean it, I wish you the very best of luck over the next five years.
Just one note Councillor Higgins is the youngest representative on Carmarthenshire County Council.