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Summary

  1. Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May 2015
  2. Stephen Crabb hails Tories' best result since 1983', gaining three seats to take 11
  3. Peter Hain says it was a 'bad night' for Labour, down one seat to 25
  4. Kirsty Williams says Lib Dems losing two of their three seats is 'truly devastating'
  5. Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood says keeping their three seats is 'not as bad as it could have been'
  6. UKIP hails 'wonderful night' as party comes third in share of Welsh vote
  7. Greens 'overwhelmed' by six-fold increase in vote
  8. Final result in Wales - Labour 25, Conservatives 11, Plaid Cymru 3, Liberal Democrats 1, UKIP 0, Green Party 0

Live Reporting

By Andy Roberts, Max Evans, Ben Frampton, George Herd, Natalie Crockett, Natalie Grice, Steve Duffy and Phil Pearson

All times stated are UK

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Kinnock on undecided voters

Late decisions tip the balance

Stephen Kinnock
PA
Stephen Kinnock hears his result

Stephen Kinnock, new MP for Aberavon, tells BBC Radio Wales that the Conservatives had run an "effective but negative" campaign, based around the SNP. There were a "huge number of undecided" voters, especially in England who made their minds up late, tipping the balance for the Tories, especially in England.

Via Twitter

'Get stuck into Government'

@ChrisBryant4MP

tweets: "Last thing Labour needs is a protracted leadership contest. We will have to get stuck into the Government's policies in weeks not months."

Via Twitter

Overnight wait for Welsh Secretary news

@David_Cameron

tweets: "My final appointment tonight is Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary."

'Extraordinary' election

Exit poll jolt for politicians and pundits

David Cornock

BBC Wales Parliamentary correspondent

Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock - a veteran of seven General Elections - tells
BBC Radio Wales' Good Evening Wales that it had been an "extraordinary" night, with a collective intake of breath throughout Westminster from 10pm and the exit poll. He said polls during the campaign were a snapshot of the time, not a prediction. Keeping the United Kingdom together over the next few months was now a priority for David Cameron.

Tory resurgence

Back to the 80s for Welsh Conservatives

Nick Servini

Political editor, Wales

It is a

story of the Davies boys: James, Byron and Chris winning in the Vale of Clwyd, Gower and Brecon and Radnorshire respectively.

And yet, arguably, the sweetest victory of them all for the Welsh Tories was for Craig Williams to hold on to Cardiff North, because they know how much effort Labour put in trying to take it.

The number of Conservative MPs in Wales is back in double figures, something the party hasn't achieved since the early 80s.

It is particularly striking if you take into account the Tories were wiped out at a parliamentary level in Wales in the wilderness years, when Tony Blair was in Number 10.

Senior Conservatives appear to have been as surprised as anyone.

Bitter-sweet victory

MP's win 'tempered' by Labour results

Jo Stevens
BBC
Labour's Jo Stevens said she was 'thrilled' at her victory in Cardiff Central

New Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens, of Labour,

has said her joy at victory was "tempered" by her party's wider performance and the resignation of leader Ed Miliband.

"I'm really very disappointed that we have ended up in the position that we are," she said.

Via Twitter

Bartolotti hails 'Green surge'

Bartolotti tweet
Max Evans
Welsh Green leader Pippa Bartolotti hailed the 'green surge' during the general election

Talks over Tory AM's future

Byron Davies elected as MP for Gower

Byron Davies MP
BBC
South west Wales AM Byron Davies won the Gower seat in the general election

A Welsh Conservative spokesman has said Assembly group leader Andrew RT Davies is due to speak to Byron Davies about his position as an AM following his election as MP for Gower.

A statement will be issued in due course, they added.

Mr Davies, a south west Wales AM, won the parliamentary seat in Thursday's general with a majority of 27.

Sandbach resigns

New MP says serving north Wales was 'privilege'

Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach
BBC
Antoinette Sandbach announced her resignation as an AM on Friday

Conservative Antoinette Sandbach has stood down as a Welsh assembly member after being elected as MP for Eddisbury.

She secured a 12,974 majority in Thursday's general election vote.

Ms Sandbach said: "It has been a privilege to serve my constituents in north Wales for the last four years."

Paying tribute to her work while serving as a north Wales AM, Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies AM, said: "Antoinette has been an exceptional Assembly Member and I wholeheartedly congratulate her on today's result."

Devolution promise

Wales new powers pledge

David Cameron
BBC
David Cameron delivered a pledge on devolution outside 10 Downing Street on Friday

David Cameron

has promised to press ahead with plans to devolve more power to Wales "as fast as I can".

He gave the pledge as he returned to Downing Street after the Conservatives won the general election.

Mr Cameron said: "The governance of these nations will become powerful with wider responsibilities."

Via Twitter

'We'll come back fighting'

Tweet
Twitter
Welsh Liberal Democrats told Twitter followers the party would 'come back fighting'

Via Twitter

'Huge step' for Welsh Conservatives

Crabb
Twitter
Stephen Crabb says the election is a 'huge step' for the Conservatives in Wales

Conservative Welsh secretary Stephen Crabb

tweets: "Huge step forward for @WelshConserv at this election. So proud of whole team & delighted for our new MPs in Wales"

Hat-trick for Tories

Three Conservative winners in north Wales

Darren Millar AM
BBC
Darren Millar hailed the 'amazing' result for north Wales Tories

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has said he is "delighted" yesterday's election resulted in a hat-trick of Welsh Conservative MPs for north Wales

Welsh Conservatives won in Vale Clwyd, with James Davies taking a seat held by Labour for 18 years.

Former Welsh secretary David Jones retained Clwyd West and Guto Bebb retained his Aberconwy seat.

Mr Millar said: "It has been an amazing 24 hours and I am absolutely delighted by the Conservatives' success in North Wales.

"David and Guto have already done fantastic work over the years and with James now joining the team they will be unstoppable."

Via Twitter

'Time for PR'

Nathan Gil tweet
BBC
UKIP's Nathan Gill calls for proportionate representation to replace the first past the post system

Welsh UKIP leader Nathan Gill

tweets: "3,841.281 voted for UKIP = 1 seat, 2,373.093 voted for LIB Dems = 8 seats, 1,454,436 voted for SNP = 56 seats, time for PR"

Via Twitter

'Privilege and honour'

Tweet
Twitter
Shadow Wales secretary Owen Smith tweeted thanks to his followers

Scramble for third

UKIP 'pushing deeper' into south Wales

Adrian Browne

BBC Wales political reporter

With David Cameron having confounded predications to form a majority government, three party leader resignations and a post-mortem into why opinion polls failed to predict the Tory win, it would be easy to miss some major political changes going on in Wales.

It goes without saying that it was it was a fantastic night for Welsh Conservatives and a grim one for Welsh Labour, but there is a fascinating scramble going on for third place in Welsh politics.

Relative newcomer UKIP is now hailing itself as the third party party in Wales, after bumping Plaid Cymru down to fourth place in share of the vote.

Shortly before quitting as UKIP leader, Nigel Farage

looked forward to next year's Welsh assembly election, where an element of proportional representation comes into play, and the prospect of the first UKIP AMs in Cardiff Bay.

It might not have Welsh MPs, but the party is already turning its mind to efforts to push deeper into traditional Labour territory in south Wales.

VE Day silence

70th anniversary commemoration

We will be pausing at 15:00 BST to observe the two-minute silence to mark the

70th anniversary of VE Day

Clegg 'integrity'

Kirsty Williams praises former leader

Kirsty Williams
BBC
Kirsty Williams says former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg led with 'integrity'

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams has said Nick Clegg led the party with "decency and integrity".

She said: "Nick Clegg is a man of both decency and integrity who helped transform the face of British politics.

"In 2010 Nick demonstrated what true leadership looks like at a time when our country most needed it.

"His decision to form a coalition government was the right one for the country, and these isles are a more liberal place because of it."

She said Mr Clegg was right to say "fear and grievance have won the day" while Liberalism had lost.

"But this is just one battle of many to come and my party has been here before," she added.

Via Twitter

Labour 'must do much more'

Paul Martin

BBC Wales political reporter

BBC Wales reporter Paul Martin

tweets: "Carwyn Jones: 'These results show that we need to do much more to win back support from people across the country'."

Miliband's 'dignity'

Carwyn Jones' tribute to leader

Carwyn Jones
BBC
Carwyn Jones paid tribute to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman

Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones has said former Labour leader Ed Miliband led the party with "humility, decency and dignity".

He said: "I really enjoyed spending time with him on the campaign trail, he was genuinely interested in, and supportive of the Welsh Labour agenda and I know he was passionate about making a real difference for working people in government."

The Welsh Labour leader also paid tribute to deputy leader Harriet Harman, who he said had "done so much for our party and equality in the UK".

Mr Jones said: "Clearly it was not the result we were hoping for last night, and I will be playing a full part in building up our party for the upcoming elections."

Businesses 'relieved'

Firms feared 'uncertainty' of hung parliament

Business interest group CBI has said Welsh firms are "relieved" the possibility of a hung parliament has been dismissed by Friday's election result.

Emma Watkins, CBI Wales Director, said: "With the votes counted, businesses will be relieved that the clouds of uncertainty around the possibility of a hung parliament have dispersed.

"There will be hurdles to overcome for the new UK government though with a slim majority, but it must not duck the tough decisions needed to keep growth striding ahead."

She said the government must create a "pro-enterprise environment" by cutting the national deficit and "continuing to make the UK one of the most competitive tax environments in the G20".

"With an EU referendum now likely, business will now want to see an ambitious, achievable reform agenda that will make both the UK and Europe more competitive and prosperous for all," she added.

Via Twitter

'Helluva challenge'

Welsh political expert Prof Laura McAllister

tweets: "The 'one UK' Cameron is talking about feels like one helluva challenge right now."

Unorthodox vote

MP grateful that 'neatly drawn' illustration counted

Glyn Davies post
Facebook
Glyn Davies was pleased with the illustrated vote he received

Re-elected Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire Glyn Davies says a penis drawn against his name on a ballot paper counted as a vote.

Mr Davies, who won with a majority of 5,325, told his

Facebook page he was "grateful".

He said: "One voter decided to draw a detailed representation of a penis instead of a cross in my box on one ballot paper.

"Amazingly, because it was neatly drawn within the confines of the box the returning officer deemed it a valid vote. Not sure the artist meant it to count, but I am grateful."

Via Twitter

Lib Dems look to assembly

Paul Heaney

BBC News

BBC Wales reporter Paul Heaney in Brecon

tweets: "Seeds of defeat sown in 2010 with coalition deal say some lib Dems here. All efforts now on local issues for nat assembly elex next year"

Via Twitter

Leanne Wood hails Plaid MPs

Leanne tweet
Max Evans
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood congratulates her party's MPs on Twitter

UKIP a 'party of Wales'

Nathan Gill
BBC

Video - UKIP's Nathan Gill celebrates his party taking third place in Wales in terms of share of the vote.

'Stunning set of results'

Stephen Crabb and Byron Davies
BBC

Video - Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb and Gower's new Tory MP Byron Davies talk about a successful night for the Conservatives in Wales.

Via Twitter

Greens pleased

Wales Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti

tweets: "We've broken so many records. Six times more votes than 2010, record membership, record number of candidates..."

Via Twitter

Tories must 'live up to promises'

Paul Heaney

BBC News

Davies tweet
BBC
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says the party must 'live up to our promises'

BBC Wales reporter Paul Heaney

tweets: "Just bumped into a jubilant @AndrewRTDavies in Brecon: 'we did it! we've got to live up to our promises and reputation now' he says."

'Dignified, decent, honest speech'

Owen Smith on Ed Miliband's resignation

Ed Miliband meets Owen Smith at Cardiff Central station
BBC

As Ed Miliband stood down as leader of the Labour Party, his Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith told Radio Wales he thought he gave an "extremely dignified, decent, honest speech, typical of the man, typical of the way he's led the Labour Party over the past five years".

He added: "I'm extremely sorry to see him going as our leader because I think he would have made a great prime minister of our party."

Winners and losers

Tories in Brecon
BBC

Watch a montage of some of the key moments as results came through in Wales for the 2015 general election.

'One nation'

David Cameron pledge on devolution

David Cameron
BBC

David Cameron, returning to Downing Street with a narrow majority, promises the Conservatives will "govern as a party of one nation", and that he will implement plans to devolve more powers to the Welsh Government "as fast as I can".

He said would continue to govern with "respect" towards the administrations in Cardiff Bay, Belfast and Edinburgh.

"Governing with respect means ensuring the nations of our United Kingdom have their own governments as well as the United Kingdom government. Both are important.

"And indeed with our plans, the governance of these nations will become powerful with wider responsibilities."

Via Twitter

Tories celebrate

Welsh Conservatives rally in Brecon
Welsh Conservatives

Welsh Conservatives

tweet: "Winners' rally in Brecon: #GE2015"

Via Twitter

Steffan Evans from Cardiff

tweets: "When I said after the referendum that only one of the 3 leaders would be left after the election, I did not expect that one to be Cameron"

Via Twitter

'Fear for future'

Paul Flynn tweet
Paul Flynn

Veteran Newport West Labour MP Paul Flynn

tweets: "Fear for future of the NHS, Environment, Peace, Animal Welfare, Benefit Dependents with majority power wielded by Nasty Party unleashed."

New faces

Eleven to make Commons debut

Three Tory gains: New MPs Dr James Davies, Byron Davies and Chris Davies
BBC
Three Tory gains: New MPs Dr James Davies, Byron Davies and Chris Davies

Eleven new MPs are among the 40 who'll be representing Wales in the House of Commons, with three seats won by the Tories and others replacing their Conservative, Labour and Plaid Cymru colleagues.

Davies is the most common surname among the new Tory politicians with Byron, Chris and James winning seats for Gower, Brecon and Radnorshire, and the Vale of Clwyd.

Stephen Kinnock, the son of former Labour leader Neil, has become an MP after Labour held on to Aberavon.

And Plaid's first female MP Liz Saville Roberts held Dwyfor Meirionnydd.

Read more about the new MPs.

Leanne Wood 'should not step down'

Plaid Cymru's economy spokesman in the assembly, Rhun ap Iorwerth, has told BBC Radio Wales' Jason Mohammad that Leanne Wood should not step down as leader of the party despite its failure to improve its tally of three Westminster seats.

Via Twitter

Labour has 'a lot to learn'

Chris Bryant tweet
BBC
Chris Bryant says politics is a 'humbling business'

Rhondda's re-elected Labour MP, Chris Bryant,

tweets: "Politics is a humbling business. We in Labour have a lot to learn."

Via Twitter

Miliband 'gave in to Scotophobia'

Former Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Adam Price,

tweets: "Labour handed this election to the Tories the minute Ed gave into the right wing press' Scotophobia."