Cardiff, June 9: Elections in the 40 constituencies of Wales were conducted on Thursday, along with polls in other parliamentary segments of UK. The counting of votes were scheduled begin following the conclusion of polls at 10 PM (local time). The results were expected to be released shortly after the ballot counting began. Stay tuned here for the latest election results and updates from Wales.
The electoral battle in Wales was primarily contested between Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. However, pollsters had predicted Plaid Cymru to leave a mark in this round of the elections.In the assembly elections held last year, Plaid Cymru had succeeded in winning an impressive 26 seats.
Wales, one of the bastions of Labour, holds key to the prospects of Jeremy Corbyn emerging to power at the Westminster. The opinion polls released so far have given Theresa May-led Conservatives the edge. However, the trends have shown a late resurgence for Corbyn, as the opinion polls released later bridged the gap to as low as 1 percentage point.
However, in what appeared to be a major boost to the Tories supporters, the general poll 2017 survey released on the day of counting gave a seven percentage lead to May, predicting her to secure 42 per cent of the vote share. The Labour, whereas, was expected to secure 35 per cent of the votes.
Results from Wales in 2017 UK General Elections:
|Party||Seats||Net gain/loss|| Voteshare|
|Plaid Cyrmu||3||0||12.1 (+0.8)|
|Lib Dem||1||-2||6.5 (-13.6)|
When the polls were called by Theresa May in April, surveys had predicted a 10 per cent lead for Tories over the Labour party. However, the surveys released later said the Jeremy Corbyn led outfit would secure 46 per cent of the votes, whereas, the Conservatives would trail at 30 per cent from Wales.