First Minister Mark Drakeford has been re-elected in Cardiff West with a majority of 11,211.
Mr Drakeford obtained 17,665 votes – 49.28% of the whole share.
The Conservatives got here in second with 6,454 votes (18%), and Plaid Cymru are in third with 5,897 (16%).
The Cardiff West seat has solely ever been held by two males, and each have been First Ministers of Wales.
Rhodri Morgan had the seat from 1999 to 2011 earlier than Mark Drakeford was elected.
In 2016, Neil McEvoy was the primary challenger, representing Plaid Cymru and coming second to Mr Drakeford, however his vote fell considerably this time round.
In his speech, Mark Drakeford thanked his fellow mainstream occasion candidates for the “democratically respectable by which this marketing campaign has been carried out.”
He stated: “I need to after all thank all my supporters who’ve labored all through this marketing campaign with out having a candidate right here to work with them for therefore many evenings and components of the final month, you’ve got been completely incredible.
“And naturally largely and primarily to the residents and residents of the Cardiff West constituency for as soon as once more putting their religion in me and Welsh Labour to symbolize them within the Senedd for the final 5 years.”
Requested afterwards what he’s going to do to have fun the outcome, Mr Drakeford stated: “I’m afraid what I’ll be doing is heading again to Labour’s headquarters the place we shall be ready for but extra outcomes to return in after which the celebrations must wait till that’s occurred.”
Requested in a press pool why Welsh Labour has carried out so effectively in comparison with over the border, Mr Drakeford stated: “It is a lot too early for me to have a solution to that query.
“I’ve spent my complete day as I’ve the final month concentrating on Wales and Labour’s efficiency in Wales and we now have succeeded the expectations that we got here into that election with nonetheless some outcomes to go.
Requested about his expectations for immediately, he added: “I at all times thought we might do higher than that unique ballot that put us on 22 seats.
“Did I believe that we might be approaching the highest of the 20s, that is in all probability on the prime finish of what I assumed was achievable given the extraordinary circumstances of this election.”
The candidates in Cardiff West
- Mark Drakeford (Lab) 17,664 (48.35%, +12.74%)
- Sean Driscoll (C) 6,454 (17.67%, +0.09%)
- Rhys ab Owen (PC) 5,897 (16.14%, -15.79%)
- Neil McEvoy (Propel) 3,473 (9.51%)
- David Griffin (Inexperienced) 1,287 (3.52%, +0.29%)
- Heath Marshall (LD) 803 (2.20%, -0.52%)
- Lee Canning (Abolish) 682 (1.87%)
- Nick Mullins (Reform) 175 (0.48%)
- Captain Beany (ND) 95 (0.26%)
- Lab maj 11,210 (30.69%)
- 6.33% swing C to Lab
- Citizens 70,914; Turnout 36,530 (51.51%, +3.12%)
Mark Drakeford – Labour
I’ve lived and labored in Cardiff West for greater than 40 years, and have been proud to be the consultant for this constituency for 10 years. I am now 66.
I first got here to Cardiff to work as a probation officer in Ely, earlier than shifting on to work on little one poverty tasks protecting Ely and Caerau. I used to be additionally a County Councillor representing Pontcanna.
My experiences working in the neighborhood in Cardiff West led me to academia, the place I ultimately turned a Professor of Social Coverage at Cardiff College.
After the profitable marketing campaign for devolution, I labored intently with my good pal Rhodri Morgan all through his time period as First Minister, and was honoured to comply with Rhodri because the consultant for Cardiff West in 2011.
Within the Senedd, I first turned Chair of the Well being Committee and was then appointed to the Welsh Authorities as a Minister. I held a variety of ministerial briefs, together with Well being, Native Authorities and Finance. Since December 2018, I’ve had the privilege to be the First Minister of Wales, main our response to the pandemic.
What’s crucial factor you assume the Senedd ought to do within the subsequent 5 years?
The Welsh Labour Authorities has been making the troublesome selections required to grasp our imaginative and prescient of a stronger, fairer Wales. We have now the appropriate plan to get us via the pandemic, and to make use of what the disaster has taught us to maintain shifting Wales ahead.
The Welsh Labour Authorities I lead will ship the most important catch up programme in our NHS and faculties and a brand new medical college for North Wales. A Younger Individuals’ Assure of Work, Training or Coaching supply for all underneath 25s. The Actual Residing Wage for Care Staff. We are going to abolish extra single use plastics, create a Nationwide Forest for Wales, and put extra PCSOs on our streets. With Welsh Labour, we’ll create 1000’s of jobs in a low carbon home constructing revolution.
What’s going to you do on your constituency if elected?
Transport and air high quality are two essential points in Cardiff West. Welsh Labour’s plans for an built-in public transport community in South East Wales, funding in energetic journey and a Clear Air Act to guard public well being will all have a direct impression on folks’s lives on this constituency.
I additionally wish to see funding in training proceed via the twenty first Century Colleges programme. Model new buildings for Cardiff West Excessive Faculty and Ysgol Treganna have already been constructed as a part of the programme, with extra native faculties deliberate for main funding together with Fitzalan, Cantonian, Riverbank, Woodlands, Nant Caerau, Fairwater Main and a model new college for the North West of Cardiff.
I may even proceed to offer assist to constituents by operating a neighborhood constituency workplace which is open to the general public, and returning to my common recommendation surgical procedures as quickly as it’s secure to take action.