UK election: Grim night for Labour as Tories make history in Wrexham

Conservatives more than double number of seats won from six to 14

 Anna McMorrin is re-elected as MP for Cardiff North for the Labour Party. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Anna McMorrin is re-elected as MP for Cardiff North for the Labour Party. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

 

The impact of the Conservatives’ general election dominance was reflected in Wales, where the Tories seized several seats from Labour.

The Tories more than doubled the number of seats won, from six at the last election to 14 now.

Six of the eight gains were the result of Labour losses.

It included – for the first time in history – the seat of Wrexham, a traditional Labour constituency which had been red since the 1930s.

Plaid Cymru did not increase on its four seats.

And it was a poor night for the Liberal Democrats, who lost their only seat in Brecon and Radnorshire.

Labour continued to have the most seats (22 of 40), but their 40.1 per cent share of the vote was down 8 per cent on the last election.

The Brexit Party failed to win a single seat despite targeting Leave-voting Labour strongholds.

Paul Davies, Welsh Conservative leader, said: “I’m delighted that the people of Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom have delivered a majority for our prime minister to get on and deliver Brexit.

“It is clear, that by winning Bridgend and Ynys Mon, which haven’t had a Conservative MP for 32 years, that the people of Wales want to get Brexit done and that’s what we will do.” – PA