Red, Blue & Green: UK General Election Results in Wales
The red, white and green of the Welsh flag has been replaced with red, blue and green on the Wales political landscape, as shown on Four Cymru’s Electoral Map of Wales. After a tumultuous night, Four Cymru have put together an ‘everything you need to know’ guide to the General Election results in Wales in both A3 and A4 format for you to print.
Despite early opinion polls suggesting the Conservatives could overtake Labour in Wales, the party has demonstrated a remarkable resilience through gaining three seats from the Conservatives in the form of Cardiff North, Gower and Vale of Clwyd, in addition to holding onto the Tory targets of Bridgend and Wrexham.
While the Conservatives saw their share of the vote increase, likely in part due to former UKIP voters turning their attention to the Tories and Labour, it was ultimately a difficult and disappointing campaign in Wales. There were reports of infighting and disunity amongst key members which manifested itself in the controversy around who would represent the party during the televised debates. Clwyd West Conservative AM Darren Millar remarked that, unlike colleagues in Scotland, the party had failed to run a campaign that was distinctly Welsh.
Meanwhile, for the first time since 1859, there is no Liberal Democrat MP in Wales, with Ceredigion’s Mark Williams being beaten by newcomer Ben Lake, representing Plaid Cymru.
Plaid now have four seats in Westminster and party leader Leanne Wood has indicated that she would be prepared to work with Jeremy Corbyn at Westminster to block the Conservatives. Despite gaining a seat, it was a mixed night for the party as it clung on to Arfon by a slender majority, came a distant second in its Valleys target seats of Rhondda and Blaenau Gwent and was pushed into third place in Ynys Môn, despite high hopes that it could capture the seat.
UKIP’s vote in Wales collapsed by a dramatic 11.6%, with the party’s influence rapidly diminishing despite having five Assembly Members in Cardiff Bay.
So whilst Wales has decided to be a nation of red, blue & green, only time will tell what’s in store for the new Westminster government, Brexit negotiations and Wales’s future role in both.
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