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General Election 2024 Live: Labour secures landslide win as Plaid Cymru hails best ever election result

05 Jul 2024 22 minute read
Sir Keir Starmer (left) and Vaughan Gething ( right) on the General Election campaign trail. Photo Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Wales latest

10:09

Labour’s Catherine Fookes has paid tribute to the outgoing MP for Monmouthshire David TC Davies highlighting his 25 years of service to his constituents – first in the Senedd and then in Westminster.

She said: “I know that you care deeply for all the people of Monmouthshire and I want to give you my personal assurance that the constituency is in safe hands.”

09:00

Sir Keir Starmer will be the UK’s new Labour prime minister after a Conservative rout saw former premier Liz Truss and a dozen serving Cabinet members lose their seats.

Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman trumpeted the use of tactical voting, saying it contributed to the defeat of high profile Conservatives including Liz Truss.

08:41

Incoming Liberal Democrat MPs have taken a record number of seats for the party in the General Election.

08:24

Tory MS for Brecon and Radnorshire James Evans has said he wants to be a “key part” of rebuilding the Conservative brand in Wales.

MP for Brecon and Radnorshire Fay Jones lost her seat in the Welsh Tory wipeout on Friday.

In a tribute to Jones the Tory MS said: “Absolutely gutted that my friend Fay Jones has lost her seat in the election tonight.

“Fay has been a strong advocate for Brecon and Radnorshire since her election in 2019 and it has been a pleasure to work with her over the last 5 years and to call her my friend. The work starts now. We will rebuild the public trust in us again.”

07:59

A white van, with the company name “Euro self drive: van and truck hire”, parked around the side of Number 10 Downing Street.

A larger unbranded white truck parked in front of the van with its back door open.

Outgoing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to make a statement at about 10.30am, Downing Street has said.

07:53

First Minister Vaughan Gething has welcomed his party’s landslide victory in Westminster saying Wales will have a “true partner” in Keir Starmer.

In a post published to X, he said: “After fourteen long years, today we begin a new chapter for Wales.

“Your Welsh Labour Government will have a true partner in Keir Starmer as we build the fairer, greener future Wales deserves.

“Two Labour governments working together for a stronger Wales in a fairer Britain. Change begins here.”

07:44

Nation.Cymru’s Martin Shipton described Labour’s landslide win as being a word apart from Tony Blair’s in 1997.

Former prime minister Liz Truss has lost her seat to Labour in one of the biggest shocks of election night.

Terry Jermy has become the MP for South West Norfolk with 11,847 votes after ousting the Conservative who spent 44 days in the top job.

06.00.

Labour’s Jo Stevens won the re-introduced seat of Cardiff East by 15,833 votes.
Ms Steven’s was previously the MP for Cardiff Central. Following her win she said: “It is a wonderful feeling and a real privilege [to win].

“I have very much loved being an MP for Cardiff Central and the new communities that have joined the seat to create Cardiff East seat as well, I am looking forward to serving them as best as I can.”
Cardiff Central was one of the seats that was scrapped in a revision of the constituency boundaries across Wales.

Rodney Berman for the Liberal Democrat finished with 6,736 votes to finish in second place with Reform third with 4,980.

05.45.

Labour’s Claire Hughes won the new Bangor and Aberconwy constituency, polling 14,008 votes.
Plaid Cymru’s Catrin Elen Wager in second place (9,112), narrowly ahead of Conservative Robin Millar (9,036), the former Aberconwy MP.

The new seat straddles two county council areas. It is made up of 40.9% of the old Arfon constituency, which was previously held by Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams, who stepped down this year.

It also incorporates the whole of the former Aberconwy constituency, won by the Conservatives in 2019, and 14.2% of Clwyd West, which was also a Conservative seat.

05.41.

The Tories have lost all their MPs in Wales after Welsh Secretary David TC Davies lost his seat in Monmouthshire to Labour.

David TC Davies, who has conceded defeat in Monmouthshire before the votes have been counted, has told Nation.Cymru that he hasn’t ruled out standing for the Senedd in two years’ time.

05.09.

Liz Saville Roberts increased her vote share to hold Dwyfor Meirionnydd for Plaid Cymru.

The party’s Westminster leader won 21,788 votes, increasing her share by 8.2% from 2019 to take 53.9% of the vote.

Labour’s Joanna Stallard finished a distant second with 5,912 votes. Reform UK was third and the Conservatives finished in fourth place.

Ms Saville Roberts win was the fourth seat for Plaid Cymru in the election as it retained its two incumbent MPs and gained two others.

Ben Lake also increased his vote share to hold Ceredigion Preseli. He picked up 21,738 votes to comfortably see of the challenge of former Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams who finished in second place with 6,949.

Labour’s Jackie Jones was third with 5,386 votes, just ahead of Reform’s Karl Pollard, who finished with 5,374 votes.

Plaid Cymru Leader Rhun ap Iorwerth MS said:  “This is a stunning result for Plaid Cymru and testament to the real warmth and enthusiasm we have been feeling on the doorstep for the last six weeks.

“Despite the tough context of an unprecedented Labour wave, this is the party’s best ever result in a General Election – representing the greatest proportion of seats won.

“People were consistently telling us that they were desperate to see the back of the Tories but that Labour weren’t offering real change either.

“Plaid Cymru stood on a positive and ambitious platform of fairness for Wales and I’m delighted that people have put their faith in four outstanding candidates to represent them in Westminster.”

05.08.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are celebrating a return to representation in Westminster after winning the seat of Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe from the Conservatives.

David Chadwick won the seat for the Party securing over 30% of the vote compared to 26% for the Conservatives.

Supporter said that the win, alongside a successful set of local election results in Wales in 2022, demonstrates that the Liberal Democrats are back on the up in Wales as the Party looks to make gains ahead of the 2026 Senedd Elections.

Party Leader Jane Dodds has pledged that Welsh Liberal Democrats will hold any incoming Labour Government to account in both Westminster and the Senedd.

Jane Dodds said: “This victory shows that the Liberal Democrats are back on the ascendency in Wales and come off the back of successful local elections for us in 2022.

Today is the first day of the campaign towards the next Senedd election and we are looking forward to electing a strong team of members when the time comes.

We ran our campaign with a promise to deliver a fair deal to everyone living in Wales, and that is exactly what we intend to do now. With David in Parliament and a large team of Liberal Democrat MPs in Westminster we look forward to delivering on the public’s priorities.”

5.05.

Alex Barros-Curtis retained Cardiff West for Labour despite seeing the party’s share of the vote drop by more than 13 points. Mr Barros-Curtis was a key aide to Keir Starmer and led the drive to discipline party members accused of antisemitism.

He was controversially imposed as Labour’s general election candidate as the replacement for retiring MP Kevin Brennan.

Some members of the local party described it as ‘the latest stitch-up’ and refused to campaign for him.

Mr Barros-Curtis received 16,442 to beat Plaid Cymru’s Kiera Marshall into second place.
Conservative candidate James Hamblin was third.

05.03.

Rishi Sunak’s former parliamentary aide Craig Williams has lost his seat, after he was embroiled in the Westminster betting scandal.

Mr Williams, who admitted to having a “flutter” on the General Election date, was predicted to hold his seat in Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr, but it was Labour’s Stephen Witherden who succeeded.

Tory support was withdrawn from Mr Williams following the revelation.

In a post on X, Mr Witherden said he was “beyond humbled” to have been elected.

04.50.

Anna McMorrin has held Cardiff North for Labour with 20,849 votes, retaining the seat she has held since 2017.

With a turnout of 66.77%, the Conservative candidate Joel Williams finished in second place with 9,642 votes. Reform UK finished in third place.

04.38.

Former Conservative Welsh secretary Stephen Crabb said the party had “some big questions to answer” after Labour won Pembrokeshire Mid & South.

Mr Crabb, who also served as work and pensions secretary in David Cameron’s Cabinet, held the old seat of Preseli Pembrokeshire for almost 20 years, blamed a strong showing by Reform candidate Stuart Marchant for his defeat. Mr Marchant polled 7,828 votes.

Henry Tufnell, 32, polled 16,505 votes to 14,627 for Mr Crabb, 51, who first won the old seat in 2005, one of three Welsh Conservative MPs who ended the “Tory free zone” that had existed in Wales since Tony Blair’s 1997 landslide.

Mr Tufnell said after the declaration: “Pembrokeshire has voted for change tonight and it’s now time to deliver it.”

04.02.

Plaid Cymru has won Caerfyrddin, with its candidate defeating both the Labour candidate and former Welsh Secretary and current government chief whip Simon Hart, who was pushed into third place.

Ann Davies, a farmer and Carmarthenshire county councillor, got 15,520 votes, Labour’s Martha O’Neil 10,985 and Mr Hart 8,825.

Reform got 6,944 votes, Lib Dems 1,461, the Green Party 1,371, the Women’s Equality Party 282 and the Workers Party of Britain 216.

Labour had poured enormous resources into the seat, with Keir Starmer appearing at an eve of poll rally, but Plaid Cymru won what is a totemic seat for them, with Gwynfor Evans having been elected as the party’s first MP in a 1966 by-election.

03.55.

Nick Thomas-Symonds held Torfaen for Labour taking over 42% of the vote. Reform UK were in second place ahead of the Conservative candidate Nathan Edmunds. Plaid Cymru were fourth, ahead of the Greens.

03.41.

Plaid Cymru has won Ynys Mon, with council leader Llinos Medi taking the seat from former Tory MP Virginia Crosbie, who won it in 2019. Labour’ was pushed into third place.

Ms Medi got 10,590 votes, 637 ahead of Ms Crosbie on 9,953 and Labour’s Ieuan Mon Williams 7,619.

Long seen as a three-way marginal, Ms Medi won the seat back for Plaid for the first time since 2001.

Former First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “We’re disappointed for our candidate there. It’s a three-way marginal, and in a three-way marginal in this election you have to prove that you are the party who can beat the Tories, and clearly in Ynys Mon Plaid Cymru did a better job of that than we were able to do.

“Llinos Medi is a formidable candidate, the leader of the council. I worked a lot with her in the Welsh Government – she’s a constructive and effective leader, so she started with that advantage.”

03.33

Labour’s Nia Griffith held off a challenge from Reform to retain her seat in Llanelli. She received 12,751 to beat Gareth Beer by just 1,500 votes. Plaid Cymru’s Rhodri Davies was in third place with
9,511 votes. The Conservative were fourth with the Liberal Democrats fifth, ahead of the Greens and UKIP.

03.30.

Labour has won Clwyd North from the Conservatives in a tight contest, thanks to the Tories vote being eaten into by Reform. Gil German saw off Darren Millar’s challenge to win by just over a thousand votes.

Reform was in third place with 7,000 votes with Plaid Cymru fourth, the Lib Dems fifth and the Greens in sixth place.

03.24.

Chris Bryant has held Rhondda and Ogmore for Labour with 17,118 votes and a share of
47.8% – down 8.5% on the last General election.

Reform’s Darren James was second with 9,328 votes. Plaid Cymru were third with 5,198, followed by the Conservatives on 2,050. The Greens finished in fifth place with the Lib Dems 6th.

03.20.

Stephen Kinnock has held Aberafan Maesteg for Labour having received 17,838 votes. Reform’s Mark Griffiths was a distant second with 7,484. Plaid Cymru was in third place, followed by the Conservatives, Greens, Liberal Democrats, Independent and Heritage Party.

03.18

Jessica Morden has held Newport East for Labour, securing 16,370 votes, more than double the amount for Reform’s Tommy Short in second place but 5% down on the last election.

The Conservative finished in third place with Plaid Cymru fourth.

03.03.

Gower’s popular Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi has been re-elected with 20,480 votes, more than the Conservative (8,913 votes) and Reform (8,530 votes) put together.

Plaid Cymru got 3,942 votes, the Liberal Democrats 2,593 votes, the Green Party 2,488 votes and an Independent on 283.

Ms Antoniazzi first won the seat in 2017, taking it from Tory Byron Davies.

03.02.

Alex Davies-Jones has held Pontypridd with 16,225 votes. Reforms Steve Bayliss was a distant second with 7,823 votes. Plaid Cymru’s Wil Rees was third with 5,275 and the Conservative’s Jack Robson finished in fourth place with 3,775 votes.

02.55.

Stephen Kinnock has held Aberafan Maesteg for Labour having received 17,838 votes. Reform’s Mark Griffiths was a distant second with 7,484. Plaid Cymru was in third place, followed by the Conservatives, Greens, Liberal Democrats, Independent and Heritage Party.

02.45.

Torsten Bell, one of the two “parachute” candidates imposed on Wales by a panel appointed by Labour’s National Executive Committee, has won Swansea West with 14,761 votes.

He has been chief executive of the Resolution Foundation think tank.

In second place was Reform with 6,246 votes, followed by the Lib Dems on 4,367, Plaid Cymru on 4,105, the Conservatives on 3,536, the Green Party on 2,305 and the Trades Union and Socialist Coalition on 337 votes.

The turnout was just 48%.

02.44

Labour has gained Wrexham from the Conservatives, with its candidate Andrew Ranger winning with 15,836 votes.

Sarah Atherton, who won the seat in 2019, was second with 9,888 votes.

Reform was in third place with 6,915 votes, followed by Plaid Cymru on 4,138, the Lib Dems on 1,777, the Green Party on 1,339 and Abolish the Assembly Party on 480 votes.

02.22.

Labour’s Kanishka Narayan has been confirmed as the new MP for Vale of Glamorgan.

He got 17,740 votes, with former Tory Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns on 13,524, Reform on 6,973, Plaid Cymru 3,245, Green Party 1,881, Lib Dem 1,612, Abolish the Welsh Assembly 669 and an Independent 182. The turnout was 62%.

Mr Narayan’s majority was less than the vote for Reform, indicating that the split in the right-wing vote is benefitting Labour.

02.08.

The first Welsh result is in as Labour’s Chris Elmore wins Bridgend from the Conservatives.

Labour were comfortable winners with 16,516 votes and a vote share of 39.9% and swing of 14.5 points from the Conservatives.

Reforms Caroline Jones was second with 7,921 votes with the Conservatives’ Anita Boateng in third place with 6,764 votes. Plaid Cymru’s Iolo Caudy was fourth with 3,629.

Elsewhere, Plaid Cymru is predicted to make a gain in the Ynys Mon constituency, which is currently held by Conservative MP Virginia Crosbie.

Despite being embroiled in the election date betting scandal, Mr Sunak’s former parliamentary aide Craig Williams is predicted to hold his seat in Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr.

The exit poll has suggested just a 3% likelihood that Labour will make a gain in Mr Williams’ constituency.

Tory support was withdrawn from Mr Williams after he admitted having a “flutter” on the election date.

Meanwhile, outgoing Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies, who has conceded defeat in Monmouthshire before the votes have been counted, has told NationCymru that he hasn’t ruled out standing for the Senedd in two years’ time.

He said: “I’m enormously grateful for having had the opportunity to represent Monmouth at Westminster for 19 years. But one of the great things about our democracy is that everyone plays by the rules. I’m absolutely sure I’ve lost this election and that’s life.

“The public have decided they want me to go and do something else, and I’m happy to acquiesce with their wishes. I’ll have to get a job.”

Comeback

Asked whether he would rule out seeking a political comeback in 2026 at the Senedd, Mr Davies said: “I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not making a decision about that at the moment. It’s too early to think about that properly.”

When it was put to him that he wouldn’t have enjoyed being in opposition to a Labour government with a massive majority, he said: “Being a Cabinet Minister takes up all your time, and you don’t have the time to really enjoy it. Maybe I should do a 9 to 5 job for a while.”

Racists

Martin Shipton writes: “Strange take from Oliver Lewis, the lead spokesman of Reform UK in Wales, and the party’s candidate in Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr.

“He tells the BBC only 10 of the party’s candidates out of 610 are racists and bigots, while the party is in the tradition of the Levellers, the Chartists and the Suffragettes. Blow me down with a feather!”

06.30

Transport Secretary Mark Harper has been defeated by Labour in the Forest of Dean.

06.00.

Rishi Sunak’s tenure as prime minister, which lasted one year and 254 days, ranks as one of the shortest of its kind since the start of the 20th century.

Only three prime ministers since 1900 had shorter spells in office: Sir Alec Douglas-Home, PM for 364 days from 1963-64 until losing a general election; Andrew Bonar Law, who clocked up 211 days from 1922-23 before resigning due to ill health; and Liz Truss, whose 49-day premiership in 2022 is also the shortest on record in British history.

05.30.

Labour has overturned more than a decade of SNP domination at Westminster by securing a majority of Scottish seats.

Labour sealed their resurgence in Scotland after passing the 29-seat threshold.

In the 2019 General Election, Labour returned just one MP north of the border to the SNP’s 48.

05.02.

Senior Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg has lost his North East Somerset and Hanham seat to Labour.

04.46.

Tory candidate Sir Peter Bottomley, who was Father of the House, has lost his seat in Worthing West to Labour’s Beccy Cooper.

04.37.

Wes Streeting, Labour’s shadow health secretary, has scraped a win in Ilford North by just 528 votes.

04.24.

Tory former deputy prime minister Dame Therese Coffey has been defeated by Labour in Suffolk Coastal.

04.14.

Former Tory levelling up secretary Sir Simon Clarke has lost Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland to Labour candidate Luke Myer by 214 votes.

04.12.

Veterans minister Johnny Mercer has been defeated by Labour in Plymouth Moor View.

04.11

Conservative chairman Richard Holden has won in Basildon and Billericay, beating Labour by 20 votes following a recount.

04.09.

Commons leader Penny Mordaunt has been beaten by Labour in Portsmouth North.

04.02

Michael Fabricant loses Lichfield seat to Labour

04.00.

Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer has beaten Labour’s Thangam Debbonaire in Bristol Central.

03.51.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan has been beaten by the Liberal Democrats in Chichester.

03.50.

Tory deputy chairman Jonathan Gullis has been beaten by Labour in Stoke-on-Trent North.

03.36.

Reform UK has gained Great Yarmouth from the Conservatives, the party’s third win of the night.

03.45.

Shadow paymaster general Jonathan Ashworth has been beaten by an independent in Leicester South.

03.33.

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage has been elected in Clacton, winning a UK parliamentary seat at his eighth attempt.

03.27.

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has beaten his old party to become the independent MP for Islington North.

03.16.

Penny Mordaunt, the Commons leader, will lose her seat to Labour, according to Conservative sources.

Mordaunt has been MP for Portsmouth North since 2010.

03.15.

Alex Chalk, the justice secretary, has lost in Cheltenham to the Liberal Democrats, becoming the first cabinet minster to lose his seat.

03.11.

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has lost to Labour in Welwyn Hatfield.

03.00.

Lee Anderson has become Reform UK’s first elected MP as leader Nigel Farage hailed the prospect of a “huge” General Election result.

Mr Anderson has been the party’s only MP since he defected from the Conservatives.

02.51.

In the first Scottish result, Labour’s Lillian Jones won the Kilmarnock and Loudoun seat with more than 19,065 votes. The SNP came second on 13,936.

02.48.

Labour’s Derek Twigg has held Widnes and Halewood with 61.61%. Reform’s Jake Fraser came second, fairly far behind, with 18.52%.

02.28.

Labour’s Chris Webb has gained the seat of Blackpool South from the Conservatives.

02.27.

Workers’ Party leader George Galloway has lost Rochdale to Labour.

02.26.

Lee Anderson has become Reform UK’s first elected MP, winning in Ashfield.

Asked how he was feeling, Mr Anderson said: “Delighted, but not surprised if I’m honest.

“This is the capital of common sense, by the way – people speak their mind in this area, and they’ve had enough of the two mainstream parties.

“The Reform Party, people like myself, Richard (Tice) and Nigel (Farage) speak the same language, in a different accent obviously, we speak the same language as the great people of Ashfield.

“So when this gig came up and I was asked to stand again for the Reform Party, it was a no-brainer to be honest with you.”

02.14

Labour’s shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves has won Leeds West and Pudsey.

02.08.

Labour gains Swindon North from the Conservatives and holds Barnsley South.

02.01.

The Liberal Democrats claimed to have won in Cheltenham, ousting Justice Secretary Alex Chalk.

01.51.

A recount is under way in Basildon and Billericay, where Tory chairman Richard Holden is standing.

01.50.

Conservative former defence minister Mark Francois has won in Rayleigh and Wickford, securing the party’s first seat of the night. But his majority has been cut from 30,348 to 5,621. And his vote share is down 36 points.

01.39.

GB News’ election coverage got off to a shaky start. When the exit poll was announced they appeared to broadcast the wrong figures on screen.

The exit poll suggested that Labour was on course for 410 seats, with the Conservative Party reduced to 131.

However, the statistics portrayed on the bottom of the screen on GB News had the Labour and Conservative figures the wrong way round, before they were swiftly removed.

01.37.

Liberal Democrat candidate Tom Gordon has won Harrogate and Knaresborough in the party’s first victory of the night.

01.30.

The Liberal Democrats claimed to have beaten Education Secretary Gillian Keegan in Chichester.

01.20.

Emma Foody has held Cramlington and Killingworth for Labour. Reform UK pushed the Conservatives’ Ian Levy into third place.

01.12

Chi Onwurah has won Newcastle upon Tyne Central & West for Labour. Reform finished in second place with the Conservatives third.

01.11

Labour’s Mark Ferguson holds Gateshead Central and Whickham with a healthy lead over Reform in second place. The Lib Dems were third.

00.50.

A Liberal Democrat source said they were “confident” the party would defeat Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in the new constituency of Godalming and Ash.

The constituency Mr Hunt is contesting is 81% likely to go to the Liberal Democrats according to the exit poll for Sky News, BBC and ITV News.

The Liberal Democrat source said: “The exit poll is obviously encouraging.

“It’s early in the night. But we are confident.”

00.19.

Former Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland has lost Swindon South to Labour’s Heidi Alexander.

She won with 21,676 votes, Buckland came in second with 12,070.

He’s the first Conservative to lose his seat tonight.

00.04.

Labour’s Lewis Atkinson has won Sunderland Central with 16,852 votes.

Once again Reform beats the Tories to come in second place.

23.58.

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg’s seat is “too close to call”, exit polls said.

There is a 53% chance Labour gains Somerset North East and Hanham, in which the former leader of the Commons stood.

23.39.

Labour’s Ian Lavery has won in Blyth and Ashington in Northumberland in the second result of the night.

Reform again forcing the Tories into 3rd place. They secured 10,857 votes to the Conservatives 6,121.

Labour held on to the seat with 20,030 votes.

23.36.

Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt’s seat is “too close to call”, according exit polls.

Ipsos UK found there is a 70% likelihood Labour gains Portsmouth North and a 25% chance the Conservative Party holds it.

23.25.

Labour shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson has won the Houghton and Sunderland South constituency, in the first result of the night.

Ms Phillipson took 18,847 votes, ahead of Reform UK on 11,668, with the Conservatives on 5,514, the Liberal Democrats on 2,290 and The Green Party on 1,723. The turnout was 51.2%.

She said in her victory speech: “Tonight the British people have spoken, and if the exit poll this evening is again a guide to results across our country as it so often is, then after 14 years the British people have chosen change.

“They have chosen Labour and they have chosen the leadership of Keir Starmer. Today our country with its proud history has chosen a brighter future. The British people have decided that they believe as Labour believes that our best days lie ahead of us – hope and unity, not decline and division, stability over chaos.

“A government powered by hope, by the belief that tomorrow cannot just be different from today, but better. A government of service, a government with purpose above all to change our society for good.”

22.52

Welsh Secretary David TC Davies has conceded that he will lose in the new seat of Monmouthshire. He held the previous seat of Monmouth since 2005.

His was seen during the campaign as one of the few seats the Tories might retain. Mr Davies’ concession means that Wales could well become a Tory-free zone by the end of the night.

Speaking to the BBC, David TC Davies said: “On the basis of the exit poll, there isn’t a chance that I’ll be winning, which is disappointing. I’ve had great support from the local association, but the fact is, people wanted a change.

“That’s the way it goes into democracy. I’ll be the first to acknowledge there’s going to be a massive Labour victory and I certainly won’t be in parliament at the end of the evening.”

The new Labour MP for Monmouthshire will be councillor Catherine Fookes, formerly director of Women’s Equality Network, Wales.

22.25.

Welsh Conservative Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies says Rishi Sunak made a mistake in calling a July election. He complains that the first he knew of the timing was when he heard about it on the radio.

Martin Shipton writes: “Bizarre to hear Andrew RT Davies criticising the way successive Tory governments have let the party down.

“Is he re-writing history? Over the years he has been one of the most slavish supporters of Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.”

22.16.

Plaid Cymru may be on course to win Caerfyrddin and Ynys Mon, as well as Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Ceredigion Preseli. If that happens, Plaid will have three women MPs and one man.

22.00.


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Meg
Meg
9 days ago

😂😂😂😂. He can TRY. Prove a better Tory leader than ARTie. But that’s a very low bar

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 days ago

Pack your bags Virginia…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Llinos Medi MP for Ynys Mon…

Riki
Riki
9 days ago

So we go from a man who sees Wales’ position to England being that of subservience to a person who sees Wales being a servant of the UK state (which is effectively the same only with a cloak on!)

Squeak
Squeak
9 days ago
Reply to  Riki

Yet we see progress with Plaid. Change is coming, no matter how agonisingly slowly. The fight is on.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
9 days ago
Reply to  Squeak

You may well be right. But Rhun ap Iorwerth must now stamp his authority on the party, sound organisation, clear policies, fight every by election but most all, stay away from single, irrelevant issues so beloved by his predecessors.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 days ago

A new fairground attraction shooting Tory ducks in a well scraped barrel…

Sneb yn gwbod.
Sneb yn gwbod.
9 days ago

Brilliant result for Labour.

Meg
Meg
9 days ago
Reply to  Sneb yn gwbod.

Yeah the centre right Not The Tories party must be quite excited.

Les Cargot
Les Cargot
9 days ago
Reply to  Sneb yn gwbod.

Yes but a worrying result in Llanelli, Reform built on the debacle and division created by Braverman at the Stradey Park Hotel. Hard to believe that the far right have got such a foothold in Llanelli. Nia Griffith deserved a better result than this.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
9 days ago
Reply to  Les Cargot

It’s not just that. Look at voter turnout in Wales – particularly in the south.

Voter apathy is high. People, fed up with establishment politicians and a low turnout makes a dangerous breeding ground for the likes of Reform.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
9 days ago
Reply to  Sneb yn gwbod.

Is Reform coming second and nearly equalling Labour’s vote share when combined with the Conservatives, also a brilliant result?

Last edited 9 days ago by SundanceKid
Meg
Meg
9 days ago

Finally that blue stain is off Ynys Môn. The locals have ejected the incomers’ choice.
Llongyfarchiadau Llinos

Riki
Riki
9 days ago

Is there anyone who truly believes that Labour will do anything for Wales? They are Tory lite!

Squeak
Squeak
9 days ago
Reply to  Riki

We have to take the positives: more Plaid and no Tories. We all want to see Cymru go full Rebecca but these things take time, at least we can see some positive change. I love that dreadful Virginia is out of Môn especially that she lost to Plaid!🤣

Squeak
Squeak
9 days ago

A great result for Plaid and no Tories in Cymru. Lots to do but this is just the beginning. Cymru am byth.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
8 days ago
Reply to  Squeak

Plaid also did well in Aberconwy and were in a two or three way battle in a number of other constituencies in the South. Clearly, there is hope but there is a lot of work to do. I hope the Senedd 2026 elections will be fertile ground for a breakthrough in South Wales.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
9 days ago

Da iawn, Plaid. Gellir mynd o’r gogled i’r de bellach, o fôr i fôr, heb adael tiriogaeth y Blaid (o nofio dros y Fenai a ddim mynd dros y pontydd!). Ac mae canran yr unoliaethwyr coch i lawr hefyd, sy’n newyddion gwell fyth.

Last edited 9 days ago by Rhufawn Jones
Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
9 days ago

On Anglesey a Plaid gain from Conservative but only just with about 637 votes in it together with Reform getting 3223 after hardly campaigning. For Wales as a whole we have a Conservative wipeout. However in terms of vote change, both Labour together with the Conservatives had a negative vote change. Plaid the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats all recorded positive vote changes, but it was Reform who had the largest vote change with the party being the third largest party in Wales in terms of vote share.

Sneb yn gwbod.
Sneb yn gwbod.
9 days ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

Remain gained more votes in Wales than Plaid.

CapM
CapM
9 days ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

I’m enjoying the moment.
Are you?

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
9 days ago
Reply to  CapM

Well I am enjoying nationally seeing the back of the Conservatives, Welsh Labours vote share falling, Farage becoming an MP and the fact that on an island with a high Welsh speaking population, Plaid Cymru the party of Wales could only beat the Conservatives by 650 votes winning a huge 4 seats out of 32 in Wales.

CapM
CapM
8 days ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

So out of that list of things you’re enjoying.
Tories failing to win
Labour failing to maintain their share of the vote
Plaid failing to get more than four seats
The only actual success you’re finding enjoyment in is Farage being elected.

With the proportional representation system being used in the next Senedd elections I’m sure it won’t be the last Reform success for you to enjoy.. Maybe an opportunity for you to openly advocate we vote for them..

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
8 days ago
Reply to  CapM

I am not someone who will tell anyone who to vote for.

‘With the proportional representation system being used in the next Senedd elections I’m sure it won’t be the last Reform success for you to enjoy’. I hope you are correct.

Watching some of the sessions in the Senedd is disheartening. Dull interior, computers everywhere (why do they need them?), and everyone inside seemingly just going through the motions. Maybe another party could provide stronger opposition than what we have now.

CapM
CapM
7 days ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

I doubt if you are in a position where telling someone how to vote is an option.

 “I hope you are correct” (about Reform getting seats in the Senedd). You appear to have ‘come out’ as a Reform supporter. Nothing intrinsically wrong in that, pleased to see that you’ve overcome your apparent shyness and looking forward to hearing from you on why Reform deserve my vote.

“Dull interior” maybe Reform could put something in their ‘Contract’ to sort that out.

“computers everywhere” what’s the point of these new fangled contraptions eh,

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
7 days ago
Reply to  CapM

‘You appear to have ‘come out’ as a Reform supporter’. Truly desperate stuff. I might have to start making a list of all the accusations you have made. First you hinted that I was a Tory, then a British nationalist and now a Reform voter. ‘Maybe Reform could put something in their ‘Contract’ to sort that out’. Who knows, they do however have a website and a contact page maybe write to them and see if you get a reply. ‘Computers everywhere’, what’s the point of these new fangled contraptions eh’. I do not quite understand the point that you… Read more »

CapM
CapM
7 days ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

” ‘You appear to have ‘come out’ as a Reform supporter’.
Truly desperate stuff. “

Forgive me I based my assumption on your

a. Gladness (could be interpreted as glee) at the failings of the Tories, Labour and Plaid Cymru and of the success of Reform.
b. Hoping that Reform win seats in the next Senedd election.

I now realise these are not typical characteristics of someone who supports Reform.

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
7 days ago
Reply to  CapM

‘Forgive me I based my assumption on your’.

Respectfully you must never assume anything.

Last edited 7 days ago by Swn Y Mor
SundanceKid
SundanceKid
8 days ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

Electorally, Ynys Mon has always been a three-way parliamentary constituency. For any party to grab power there is a monumental achievement and no mean feat.
Plaid were originally projected to get 39% of the vote share in two separate polls however in the dying days of the campaign, Crosbie campaigned hard on the dead duck that was Wylfa, saying only she could “deliver” it.
The fact that Reform and Labour underperformed here shows the results were mainly down to local politics.

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
8 days ago
Reply to  SundanceKid

The focus on Wylfa by Crosbie and her supporters was in part due to the ambiguity of the Plaid manifesto. Wylfa was not mentioned. The fact that supporters had to explain online Plaids position surrounding new or exiting sites was pounced upon by Crosbie.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
8 days ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

Given the unpopularity of the Conservative Government and fears that she was going to lose the seat, Wylfa was the only ace card she had left to play.

Her leaflets had her posing in protective gear outside the plant and it is no coincidence that on the eve the election was announced, the Conservative Government claimed that the plant had been given the “go-ahead”.

CapM
CapM
8 days ago
Reply to  SundanceKid

Labour rolled up in force in Caerfyrddin.
Starmer and Gething had a love fest and the BBC and others gave Labour an significant political advert the day before the election in one of Labour’s important target seats..
Thankfully it all failed.

NowThen
NowThen
9 days ago

I despair for the future of Wales. Why do we constantly vote for those who have no interest in putting our country first? Great news for Plaid with their new gains but the fact that Reform, who don’t care about Wales, actually got more votes than them in Wales and with 0% effort is very concerning.

Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
9 days ago

This may well be a good result for Plaid and following a recent poll that suggested the party was significantly closing the gap on Labour in Wales, 2026 may be very interesting. But there is worrying problem. The party supported the PR system to be used and all may well pay a bitter price. If Reform (Heaven help us) repeats is showing, or indeed improves upon it, PR will allow it to be at least the opposition….or in government. Imagine – Farage pulling the strings of its members in the Senedd, members of a party that is ultimately the English… Read more »

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
9 days ago
Reply to  Dr John Ball

Be in no doubt about it, it would effectively be the end of the Senedd.

What worries me more is that none of the major parties either in Wales or elsewhere appear to be willing to address the elephant in the room.

hdavies15
hdavies15
9 days ago
Reply to  SundanceKid

Obsessed people are never willing to confront the big flaws in their thinking. Farage has always whined on about the lack of proportionality so he will see the folly down the Bay as a cracking opportunity for gouging out power and having an unforeseen impact. Plaid and Labour should start dismantling that nonsense now and embrace 32 x 3 (if they go for 96) with open lists enabling the exercise of voter preference.

CapM
CapM
9 days ago

Flags being handed out to Labour supporters in Downing Street prior to Starmer’s arrival.
Union Jacks, Scottish Saltires and Welsh Dragons but no George Crosses.

Have the Labour minions forgotten to order any from the flag shop or
Do Labour think England has two flags – a red and white one for waving at football matches and the a red, white and blue England Jack for proper important occasions .

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