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General election 2017: Live results

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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