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Severe accident: M4 Newport eastbound

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M4 Newport eastbound severe accident, at J24 for A449.

M4 Newport - Temporary closure and it's slow on M4 eastbound at J24, A449 (Coldra), because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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'The country can move on'

Pete Anningand and Rachel Woolbank from Gwaelod-y-Garth shared their views while enjoying a hot drink in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

“I feel relief that the country can move on," said Pete, who runs his own printing company.

“If this deal - the oven-ready deal - can get through, then we can start focusing on the things that matter - things like the NHS. The whole country has had a guts full of it.”

Rachel, an NHS worker, added: “I’m glad it’s all over and we as a nation can move on, and get on with doing what needs to be done.

"I’m fed up with the NHS being treated like a political football and I hope now that we can move forward and start focusing on the things that matter.”

Pete Anningand and Rachel Woolbank
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Pete Anningand and Rachel Woolbank hope the nation can start focussing on "the things that matter"

'We want Brexit done'

Alan Parry is a retired business owner from Flintshire, visiting Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.He said: “The country’s had its say. We want to get Brexit done.

"Now let’s see this country get the 'great' back in Great Britain.

"We’re not about Europe, we’re about the people. This is about us here in the UK, so let’s get on and make the most of it.”

Alan Parry
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'It's going to be a depressing five years'

Danielle is a civil servant from Barry.

She said: “I was hoping we’d get rid of [incumbent Tory MP for Vale of Glamorgan] Alun Cairns after the saga with Ross England.

"It's going to be a depressing next five years I think.

"I worry about the NHS. I worry about public services, the disabled, the unemployed, the mentally ill and anybody that’s vulnerable.

"It’s not a good time to be any of those, is it?”

Danielle
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Severe accident: A473 Rhondda, Cynon, Taff both ways

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A473 Rhondda, Cynon, Taff both ways severe accident, between B4595 Llantrisant Road and Heol Creigiau.

A473 Rhondda, Cynon, Taff - A473 in Beddau closed and queues in both directions between the B4595 Llantrisant Road junction and the Heol Creigiau junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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Ruth returned

Labour hung onto the two Newport seats, albeit with reduced majorities.

Ruth Jones has been MP for Newport West since April, when she won the by-election which followed the death of Labour veteran Paul Flynn.

Jessica Morden has been MP for Newport East since 2005.

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'I believe in Boris'

There was support for Boris Johnson from these two women at a cafe in Barry, the main town in the Conservative-held Vale of Glamorgan.

Janet Harris, a retired graphic designer from Monmouthshire (in the hat), says she is "very pleased with the result".

"I’m delighted. I believe in Boris," she said.

"I believe in Brexit and I believe he will get us out of the EU.”

Margaret Thomas, a retired civil servant from Barry (in the pink anorak), added: “I’m a Conservative so I’m pleased.

"I didn’t think he’d get such a big majority. That said, to be honest, whoever gets in they’re going to struggle.

"It seems like an impossible task - running this country.”

Janet Harris and Margaret Thomas
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Janet Harris and Margaret Thomas are pleased the Tories won the election

United after Brexit division

Married couple Rachel and Gavin Howells, who live in the Newport West constituency, voted differently in the referendum but are both happy with the Conservative majority.

Rachel said: "I voted to remain, but I accept the result. I’m more confident in Boris Johnson delivering a better Brexit deal than any of the other leaders”.

Gavin said: “I think the manifesto for the Conservatives was better for us. The M4 relief road was a massive factor into my voting - I do a horrific amount of mileage, and that would have helped.

"I voted Brexit - we [the people] all voted Brexit and their intention is to deliver."

Rachel and Gavin Howells
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Gavin Howells backed Brexit in the referendum while his wife Rachel voted to Remain

Personality matters

In Newport, Paddy Kitson said the contest was all down to “personalities”. He said: “I think it was totally expected to be honest. It always gets back to personalities.

"It’s not about how strong a personality Boris Johnson is, it’s about how poor a personality Corbyn is.

"I don’t think Labour have got a natural leader. I think Corbyn should continue for the time being, but he’s not going to help the Labour party in any way shape or form.

"To be honest, I voted Plaid Cymru."

Paddy Kitson
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'Fed up of faffing about'

Andrew Williams (in the light blue top), an architect from Porthcawl, is another long-time Labour voter who switched to help the Tories take Bridgend.

“I voted Conservative for the first time in many years," he said.

"I’ve been a staunch Labour supporter but I’ve changed my mind. I don’t think Corbyn can be trusted.

"But Brexit is definitely a factor. I think we’re just all fed up of the faffing about.

"I’m just happy it’ll now move forward because he [Boris Johnson] has a majority.“

Ioan Emanuel from Bridgend (in the red jumper) agreed, saying: “I think it’s a good thing, Brexit was an issue.

"People are so fed up with the whole situation - the massive win that he’s secured has got to move things forward.”

Ioan Emanuel and Andrew Williams
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Food for thought: Ioan Emanuel and Andrew Williams

'Beaten by a binary system'

Brexit Party MEP James Wells failed to win a seat in Islwyn.

He's calling for electoral reform.

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'None of them speak for me'

Working at the Ridgeway Cafe in Newport, Harriet Panting (grey jumper), 25, said: “Maybe I don’t know enough but none of them speak for me.

"I don’t feel any of the parties represent me. There’s no clear answer, I was brought up Conservative, my family are Conservative, but my partner is Labour."

Claudia Alonzo-Lewis, 32, said she was “gutted”.

“I just think we needed a bigger change - massive change in Newport, and it’s not happened.

"I don’t feel like we knew much about it. I’m quite gutted actually this morning with a Boris majority”.

Labour successfully defended the two Newport seats, but with much reduced majorities.

Harriet Panting and Claudia Alonzo-Lewis
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Brexit and breakfast

Electrician Jason Elward from Bridgend gave his reaction to the constituency turning blue while picking up his cafe breakfast.

The lifelong Labour voter put his cross in the Tory box on Thursday.

“It was down to Brexit," he said.

"People voted out, so that’s what needs to happen.

"I’ve always voted Labour but they don’t want to do what the people want. I like Boris Johnson too. All my friends think the same - it’s all down to the Brexit.”

Jason Elward
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Jason Elward changed a habit of a lifetime by voting Tory

Severe disruption: A48 Newport both ways

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A48 Newport both ways severe disruption, at M4 J28.

A48 Newport - One lane closed and it's heavy on A48 at Tredegar Park, because of a car that's broken down.

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'Amazing campaign'

Bridgend's new MP Jamie Wallis, who took the seat from Labour for the Tories, gives his reaction to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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'Deeply disappointed ... this is my home'

Bridgend's defeated Labour MP Madeleine Moon tells the Local Democracy Reporting Service how she feels after losing to the Conservatives.

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Severe accident: A370 Somerset eastbound

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A370 Somerset eastbound severe accident, from Francis Fox Road to A3033 Drove Road.

A370 Somerset - A370 Great Western Bridge in Weston-Super-Mare closed outbound from the Francis Fox Road junction to the A3033 Drove Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Which is the UK's most 24-hour city?

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Which is the UK city that never sleeps? Which has more 24-hour restaurants, supermarkets, takeaways and gyms per person than any other?

London? Liverpool? Edinburgh? Think again.

It's Newport in South Wales. The city has more 24 hour businesses per 100,000 people than any other UK city, according to Barratt Homes.

The company has calculated that there are 1,370 totally 24-hour businesses in the UK with Glasgow home to the most open-all-hours restaurants and Manchester hosting the most all-nighter takeaways.

London, meanwhile, has the most all-night casinos, with 35.

Severe disruption: M4 Newport eastbound

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M4 Newport eastbound severe disruption, at J25A for A4042 Newport.

M4 Newport - M4 lane closed on entry slip road eastbound at J25a, A4042 (Newport), because of a lorry that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: A48 Cardiff both ways

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A48 Cardiff both ways severe accident, from B4488 Waungron Road to A4161 Cowbridge Road East.

A48 Cardiff - A48 Cowbridge Road West blocked and it's very slow from the B4488 Waungron Road junction to Ely Bridge roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehices. Congestion to Gabalfa Interchange.

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Election 2019: Do you know about party pacts in Wales?
When voters go to the polls on Thursday, they may find that not all political parties are represented on their ballot paper.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M4 Bridgend westbound

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M4 Bridgend westbound severe disruption, at J36 for A4061 Bridgend.

M4 Bridgend - M4 entry slip road partially blocked and it's slow westbound at J36, A4061 (Bridgend), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

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M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J20 for B3133 Ettlingen Way and J19 for A369 Martcombe Road.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound between J20, B3133 (Clevedon) and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M4 Newport eastbound

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M4 Newport eastbound severe accident, between J28 for A48 and J27 for B4591 Glasllwch Crescent.

M4 Newport - M4 partially blocked and it's slow eastbound between J28, A48 (Tredegar Park) and J27, B4591 (Highcross), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time