Welsh Tory leader hails ‘best ever’ Senedd election result
The leader of the Welsh Tories has hailed the party’s best ever result at a Senedd election.
Andrew RT Davies said his team “deserve credit” for a “positive campaign”, which saw it win 16 seats in the Welsh Parliament.
Today’s final election results have seen the Welsh Conservatives secure two regional list seats in both South Wales Central and South Wales East.
They polled 289,802 votes across 40 constituencies, winning eight seats, which included gains in both the Vale of Clwyd and Brecon and Radnorshire. This was 26.1% of the vote, which was an increase of 5% on the 2016 election.
On the five regional lists they won eight seats and secured 278,560 votes, which was an increase of 6.3%.
The result will see the Senedd return its first ever female from a BAME background, with Welsh Conservatives’ Natasha Asghar making history with election in South Wales East.
Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies said: “Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to our outstanding set of Welsh Conservative candidates, activists and staff who’ve worked incredibly hard throughout this campaign and secured the party’s best ever Senedd result.
“The team has gone above and beyond and deserve great credit for the positive campaign we’ve run right across Wales, and I am thrilled to see Natasha Asghar make history in South Wales East by becoming the first female from a BAME background to be elected to the Senedd.
“As a party we are also delighted to have secured constituency seats in the Vale of Clwyd and Brecon and Radnorshire, and increased seats on the regional lists, resulting in our highest ever representation in the Senedd with 16 members.
“It’s been an unconventional campaign and it’s clear incumbency and continuity has played a significant part. To that end, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Mark Drakeford and Welsh Labour on a successful campaign.
“The election has been fought in good spirit by political parties in Wales and I would like to pay a final word of thanks to the many officials across the country who’ve allowed this election to take place in a safe and effective manner.”