Labour have held on to control of Caerphilly County Borough Council.
The group won 50 out of 73 seats across 33 wards, while Plaid Cymru won 18 seats – down two from the 2012 local election.
Cllr Dave Poole, deputy leader of the council, said Labour’s victory was a tribute to late council leader Keith Reynolds, who passed away last month.
He said: “Labour had the vision for the future and Plaid Cymru didn’t. Their leaflets were looking at the past.
“Keith lay the groundwork for this. We were forced to cut £52 million from the budget, yet we didn’t cut services and we spent more money on social services and education. He was the architect of that and this is a fitting tribute to him.”
Labour have taken seats from Plaid Cymru in the Newbridge and Morgan Jones wards and seats from independents in Risca West and Nelson.
Lindsay Whittle, a former leader of the Caerphilly Plaid Cymru group, said voting had been affected by the upcoming General Election.
He said: “This was a local election and I must say I’m very disappointed that so many Conservative candidates stood and made no effort.”
He added: “Labour have won and they have given carte blanche now.”
Turnout for the election was 37.48%.
The Labour group is set to have a meeting on Monday to elect a new council leader.