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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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Victoria Road: Meat stolen shed not fit for humans, say police

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning that meat stolen during a burglary in Llanelli is not fit for consumption by humans.
Several bags of frozen chicken and other meat were taken from a shed in Queen Victoria Road some time over the past few days, along with a radio controlled car and an electric saw.
If eaten, the meat could result in food poisoning.
Officers are concerned that the offender could be intending to sell the meat on, or might already have sold it.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Llanelli: Woman on trial for fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits

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A LLANELLI woman is to stand trial accused of fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Emma Jane Campbell, aged 49, appeared at Swansea Crown Court today for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

Campbell, of Elizabeth Street, denied retaining wrongful credits totalling £42,908 between 2002 and 2010, £63,113 between 2002 and 2016 and £7,722 between 20002 and 2013.

The amounts were said to relate to income support, housing benefit and council tax relief received by Campbell when she had capital in excess of the permitted amount.

Campbell is also charged with fraud by claiming Jobseeker’s allowance and employment support allowance but failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions of her true financial position.

Campbell entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges.

She was granted bail until the start of her trial on April 17.

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Burry Port RFC welcomes asset transfer

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BURRY PORT RFC has welcomed its takeover of its home base from Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Rugby Club has signed a 99 year lease for the playing fields and changing rooms at Burry Port Memorial Park as part of the county council’s asset transfer programme.

The club has also been awarded a Maintenance Grant to assist with maintaining the asset and an Improvement Grant to assist with making any improvement works they may wish to undertake.

Around 80 per cent of the county council’s recreation assets have already been transferred, or are nearing completion, to town or community councils, or community groups.

Two years ago the council’s executive board agreed a package to offer community councils or groups the opportunity to take over the running of facilities in their areas.

Councillors believe it gives local people greater control in the future of their area and their community.

Burry Port RFC secretary Jonathan Davies said the club accepted that changes had to be made although it would not have chosen it.

“In hindsight I think it is a positive thing for the club. It has increased the assets of the club and given members a sense of belonging to the park.”

Executive board member for assets Cllr David Jenkins said: “Unfortunately, we can no longer afford to maintain all the recreational assets in our portfolio.

“However, this is not just a cost saving exercise – communities are often best placed to manage facilities in their local environment.

“I’m pleased that Burry Port RFC has taken over and is looking forward to the future.”

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