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Fay Jones, Virginia Crosbie and Sarah Atherton will represent the Conservatives in Westminster
Wales' first three female Conservative MPs have been elected as the party claimed six key seats from Labour.Sarah Atherton's 2,131 majority win in Wrexham was followed by Virginia Crosbie taking Ynys Mon and Fay Jones winning Brecon and Radnorshire.The Tories also turned Bridgend, Vale of Clwyd, Clwyd South and Delyn from red to blue in other targeted seats.Labour remained the biggest party while Plaid Cymru held their four seats, but the Liberal Democrats were wiped out.Labour now has 22 seats in Wales, with the six they lost taking the Tories' tally to 14 - the party's best result since 1983.
Turnout in Wales was 66.6%, down from the 2017 election by 2%.
Speaking after securing a majority, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his party would now be able to "get Brexit done"."With this election I think we put an end to all those miserable threats of a second referendum," he said."You may only have lent us your vote and you may not think of yourself as a natural Tory... your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper and you may intend to return to Labour next time around and if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me and you have put your trust in us, and I and we will never take your support for granted."He added the party would deliver on each and every one of its campaign promises, and now spoke "for everyone from Kensington to Clwyd South".
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Speaking after her win, Sarah Atherton, who is filling the seat vacated by Labour's Ian Lucas, said she was "delighted and privileged" to be the first Welsh female Conservative MP."The people of Wrexham wanted Brexit done and delivered. I think that's why we have got a majority of 2,000 tonight," she said.The Tories also took Bridgend from Madeleine Moon, with Jamie Wallis winning by 1,157 votes.Former Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, who resigned from the cabinet at the start of the campaign following a row about what he knew about a former aide's involvement in the collapse of a rape trial, held on to his seat in the Vale of Glamorgan.
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If you cannot see the graphic click here.Another former Welsh Secretary, David Jones, who was originally going to stand down in Clwyd West before changing his mind, also held on to his seat, while Monmouth, Preseli Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen West and Aberconwy remained blue, as did Montgomeryshire with new incumbent Craig Williams.Despite its losses, Labour held on to the marginal constituencies of Gower, Alyn & Deeside and Cardiff North - all of which were at risk to the Tories - the latter seeing Anna McMorrin increase her majority to 6,982.
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She blamed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for the party's defeat nationally and said it needed to rebuild without him in charge."He's shown tonight that he's lost good, decent, hardworking members of Parliament up and down the country, who are needed for this country to rebuild and to ensure that we're protected and represented and that we create a fairer society," she said."That can't happen now, and I think the only person who can take responsibility is is our leader."
Conservative supporters celebrate victories at the count in Builth Wells
Mark Tami, whose majority was cut from more than 5,000 to just 213, is the last Labour MP left in north Wales - representing Alyn & Deeside."We've obviously suffered a very bad defeat and I've lost many colleagues, I've just about hung on," he said."There are a number of issues - Brexit was an issue, the leadership of the party was an issue and we really have to look at ourselves and decide which was we go forwards."I think our policy on Brexit was, well... if you stand in the middle of the road, you get run over."There were some very positive things we were offering but it wasn't cutting through... this is really 'rethinking who we are' territory."
It was a bad night for Labour in Wales, especially in the north east
Labour also held on narrowly to Newport West while Llanelli, Neath, Rhondda, Ogmore, Pontypridd, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff Central, Cardiff West, Cynon Valley, Islwyn, Merthyr and Rhymney, Torfaen, Cardiff South and Penarth, and its two Newport and two Swansea seats remained red.Plaid Cymru was forecast to take three seats, down one, but held on to all four - Carmarthen East, Ceredigion, Dwyfor Meirionnydd, and Arfon where Hywel Williams increased his slender majority of 92 to 2,781.The Liberal Democrats were left without a seat after Jane Dodds was ousted by the Conservative Ms Jones, who won the Brecon and Radnorshire seat back for her party just four months after it was lost in a by-election.Ms Jones, who won by 7,131 votes, said she was "honoured".
Labour's Anna McMorrin bucked the trend to increase her majority over the Conservatives in the marginal Cardiff North seat
Tory David TC Davies, who held on to his Monmouth seat with 52% of the votes, said his party needed to move towards the centre in order to win the next general election."There is going to be a huge expectation on us, I'm very well aware a lot of people voted Conservative for the first time in this election so I don't see this as a mandate for some sort of extreme government, I see this as a mandate for a government on the centre political ground."He reiterated a promise to invest in public services and raise minimum wage, adding: "It is not true that we wanted to privatise or sell off the NHS, we will never undermine our national health service."Former Tory MP Glyn Davies said he was "absolutely astonished" by the party's performance.">
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General election 2019: Tories claim big scalps in Wales


Labour's Stephen Kinnock, who held on to his Aberavon seat, said it was a "disastrous night" for his party and he was "shell-shocked and heartbroken".He blamed Mr Corbyn's "weak leadership" and "deeply damaging decision to back a second referendum".He added: "We've had nine long years of the Tories gutting our public services, causing a huge rise in homelessness, and triggering an explosion in child poverty and yet we have suffered a crushing defeat."Following Labour's poor performance across the UK, Mr Corbyn said he intended to step down as leader.Labour's Tonia Antoniazzi was cheered and heckled during her Gower acceptance speech when she said Brexit voters were "taken advantage of".She said the people of Gower had been "disastrously served by a political shambles that has served to bring the UK into disrepute".
Plaid Cymru's Ben Lake celebrates with his supporters in Ceredigion after increasing his majority
Chris Bryant, who held on to his Labour Rhondda seat, called it the "worst night for Labour since 1935". He said his party was now looking at "being out in the wilderness for even longer" unless there was "some serious soul-searching".Stephen Doughty, who has held the Cardiff South and Penarth seat for seven years, tweeted: "I fear the future for our younger generation. I fear for the public institutions and integrity of our country. Dark times. Some of us must offer new hope amidst despair."Paul Davies, the Conservative leader in the Welsh assembly, said: "After winning seats like Delyn and Clwyd South we now have the joint largest number of Welsh Conservative MPs in Parliament, to help ensure that a positive voice for Wales is heard loud and clear in Parliament."We now need to refocus ahead of the Welsh Parliamentary elections in 2021 and ensure that this failing Welsh Labour government, who have been running our health service for the last 20 years, are held to account and the people of Wales get the services they deserve."Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford said Labour was "having a very deeply disappointing evening across the UK and across here in Wales, but at the end of the evening I believe the Labour party will still have more than half the seats here in Wales".
General election 2019: Tories claim big scalps in Wales

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Chris Bryant said the night was a "catastrophe" for the Labour Party
The Welsh Labour leader said he shared the responsibility for the result in Wales.He said the party had "struggled in some parts of Wales to get our message through" to people of the "dangers" of a five-year Boris Johnson government.Mr Drakeford congratulated the prime minster on victory, but reminded Mr Johnson he did not have a majority in three out of four UK nations. Former Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones told BBC Wales: "On this [Brexit] issue you've got to be on one side or the other. Being neutral just doesn't work".
Analysis by Felicity Evans, BBC Wales Political Editor
The political map of Wales has changed enormously. Aside from the single seat of Alyn & Deeside, Labour has been vanquished from north Wales.The Conservatives are celebrating a return to their high watermark of 1983 when they held 14 seats in Wales, Boris Johnson's Brexit message resonated among Welsh Labour leave voters.But many Welsh Labour sources say Jeremy Corbyn was a major factor in turning off the party's traditional supporters.They will also question the approach of their Welsh leader Mark Drakeford.Should he have done more to "Welshify" this election and distinguish Welsh Labour from the UK party
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