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General election 2017: Live results

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THE POLLS have been open today (Jun 8) and the Llanelli Herald will be reporting all night as the votes are counted.

RESULTS

Nia Griffith (Lab) 21,568
Stephen Davies (Con) 9,544
Mari Arthur (Plaid) 7,351
Ken Rees (UKIP) 1,331
Rory Daniels (Lib) 548

01:43 – Conservative candidate Stephen Davies said he was ‘extremely pleased as you might imagine’ at his party’s massively improved performance.

“A 4,000 increase in votes and Plaid Cymru knocked into third – this shows the people of Llanelli don’t think that Plaid Cymru are a party which can represent them in Westminster,” he added.

When asked if the Tories had been helped by the collapse of UKIP, he said ‘obviously yes’, but pointed out that this was a result of what UKIP stood for.

“We are leaving the EU whatever happens tonight,” he noted.

01:22 – It was a good night for the country’s big two parties in Llanelli tonight. Nia Griffith held the seat for Llanelli, increasing her majority by over 5,000 in the process. However, the big story tonight was the performance of the Conservatives. From finishing fourth in 2015, the Tories surged to second, increasing their vote by more than 4,000, while Plaid Cymru’s Mari Arthur finished third.

01:20 – RESULTS

Nia Griffith (Lab) 21,568
Stephen Davies (Con) 9,544
Mari Arthur (Plaid) 7,351
Ken Rees (UKIP) 1,331
Rory Daniels (Lib) 548

00:10 – Plaid’s Llanelli candidate Mari Arthur described the exit poll nationally as ‘not great’ for her party. “It’s not what we were looking for, but given the situation nationally that is to be expected,” she added. Ms Arthur said that she had ‘an amazing time’ campaigning in the constituency. “We kept to what we said we were going to do, and ran a positive campaign. We’ve got a strong new team and a good foundation to build on for the future,” she said

23: 51 – The turnout in Llanelli this year was 67% up 2% on 2015.

23:42 – A spokesperson for UKIP said: “It’s not going to go well for UKIP, we never expected it to tonight but as long as the conservatives win and we have a strong Brexit deal I’ll be happy with that to be honest!”

23:41 – Nia Griffith said: “It’s an exciting night here in Llanelli. I think the exit poles are very interesting, they show a different picture so far, with a prediction of a Tory lead. Things are neck and neck at the moment, tonight is going to be a very interesting evening, there’s no doubt about it!

23:40 – Llanelli’s Conservative candidate Stephen Davies told The Herald that he was ‘quite confident’ about the party’s fortunes nationally following the exit polls. “The polls always underestimate us, last election they were predicting a hung parliament,” he pointed out. Mr Davies added that during his campaigning, which had involved a lot of door-knocking, he had been receiving a positive response, and that their samples suggested a decline in the UKIP vote.

23:05 – An image of the counting:

22:37 – Counting is well underway in the Selwyn Samuel Centre. While nationally the exit polls are indicating a big swing towards Labour, it will be interesting to see whether this will be replicated on a local scale. Nia Griffith held Llanelli for Labour with an increased majority in 2015, while Jonathan Edwards won comfortably for Plaid Cymru in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr.

No Carmarthen East and Dinefwr boxes are in yet, so all tables are currently counting Llanelli ballots.

 

 

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Our election prediction: No change for west Wales, same MPs will be elected

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COUNTING of ballots is underway at the Pavillion at the Pembrokeshire County Showground, Haverfordwest and in Llanelli at the Selwyn Samuel Centre.

Exit polls from the BBC and Sky News predict a Conservative majority of over eighty seats, with Labour predicted to slip as low as 191 MPs, come the end of tonight’s count

We’re live throughout the night from the County Showground, Haverfordwest, and the Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli, to bring you rolling coverage and news as it unfolds for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Llanelli, Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.

We are predicting the following results:

Preseli Pembrokeshire – Stephen Crabb, Conservative, Hold
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire – Simon Hart, Conservative, Hold
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr – Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru, Hold
Llanelli – Nia Griffith, Labour, Hold
Ceredigion – Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru, Hold

Effectively, we predict no change in members of parliament for any of the constituencies in west Wales.

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Outreach Van stationed as police commissioner responds to ‘community concenrs’

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has instigated additional partnership working in Llanelli in response to local concerns relating to substance misuse.

Dyfed Powys Police is proudly teaming up with Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service (DDAS), Carmarthenshire County Council and CrimeStoppers Fearless campaign in order to engage with members of our community on a new outreach van, in order to support and signpost those in need during the festive period.

Each agency will be travelling together to Station Road in Llanelli in a new outreach van on Thursday December 12 and Monday December 16, and will be parked opposite the Premier store between 5pm and 9pm on both days.

Funded by Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn, DDAS will be offering:

•          BBV Testing for HIV, Hep B and C

•          Referral into DDAS for treatment

•          Naloxone kit dispensing

•          Harm reduction advice

•          Drug and alcohol education via drug box, beer googles, scratch and sniff cards

•          Information on safer alcohol consumption over Christmas

Officers from the council’s Homes and Safer Communities department will be in attendance to give information and advice on a range of issues including the regeneration plans for the Tyisha ward and how residents can have their say. They will also be able to advise on various housing options; and people will be able to discuss in confidence any housing matters they may have, for example, in relation to anti-social behaviour or noise nuisance.

The council’s Communities for Work team will be offering:

•          Support to develop your skills and gain experience

•          Acquire the training and qualifications you need

•          Find the right job

•          Basic IT support

•          Support with CVs and job applications

•          Volunteer and work placement opportunities

•          Health and wellbeing support

CrimeStoppers Fearless campaign workers, who are a dedicated young person’s charity which support young people in giving information about crime 100% anonymously, will also be on board the van and keen to engage with any young person in the area.  They will be educating youths about County Lines and the impact crime can have on their lives.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn stated: “I hope that this innovative delivery style of a dynamic outreach approach to substance misuse can become the norm in Llanelli in order to reduce the harm to individuals and the community. I continually listen to the communities I represent and respond.”

Dyfed Powys Police officers will also be on hand at different intervals to offer crime prevention advice and listen to and provide help and support for any issues you experience in your community.

Chief Inspector Chris Neve of Dyfed-Powys Police said: “I am grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner and our partners for their support in this new initiative, which I hope will be seen as a valuable opportunity for the communities of Llanelli to engage with the services involved. I encourage anyone who requires support and advice from any of the agencies, or would just like to chat with any of them, to come along and visit the van on either date. This really is an important opportunity – and we all as a collective want to help as many people in need as possible.”

The council’s Head of Homes and Safer Communities Jonathan Morgan said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the community to speak to our officers first-hand about any issues they may have or any advice they may need on housing matters. We have exciting plans to transform the Tyisha ward and the community is a big part of that, we want to make Tyisha a better place to live and work for everyone.”

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Llanelli Councillor Resigns from Plaid Cymru

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SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT JUST DAYS BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION

Jordan Randall, Llanelli Rural Councillor for Swiss Valley says he has resigned from Plaid Cymru because he is disappointed with the choice of Plaid candidate again for the forthcoming General Election.

The full statement, sent to The Llanelli Herald today: “This is not a decision that I’ve taken lightly but one which has been a long time coming. 
“I’ve had the privilege of being a Llanelli Rural Councillor in recent years to try my very best in making a difference where I can. I now look forward to continuing this work as an Independent Councillor for Swiss Valley, which will always be my priority. 


“I’ve been very disappointed with the choice of Plaid candidate again for the forthcoming General Election. If the party is to make any progress in the Town, then it needs a candidate who is local to the area and actually understands the everyday issues which face our communities. We do not need someone who is completely out of touch and unfortunately just sees Llanelli as a stepping stone to advance their own career. 


“Ongoing personal vendettas now seem to be the most important thing for Plaid Cymru at a local level. I no longer recognise the party. The party already lost a number of lifelong members in recent years due to the negativity locally. Astonishingly, they have also taken the decision to no longer have an all year round office presence within the Town. 
“Calls for national leadership have simply gone unanswered, with new leader Adam Price unwilling to intervene in any way to try to achieve a way forward.


“I am also not happy and have been for some time with Plaid’s position on Brexit as they are simply ignoring the wishes of the people of Llanelli as the Town overwhelmingly voted to leave in the referendum, a decision which whether people voted to Remain or Leave ought to be one which is respected. 


“Party politics is broken but I remain committed to campaigning to improve our public services, helping to sort out any concerns and supporting ideas which will strengthen and grow our community.”

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