‘Time for Wales to cut a new key for our own front door’

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PLAID Cymru’s Hy­wel Wil­liams has man­aged to hold on to the Ar­fon seat with an in­creased ma­jor­ity.

In the last elec­tion that took place in July 2017 Mr Wil­liams (pic­tured) held his seat by just 92 votes against Labour’s can­di­date Mary Grif­fiths Clarke.

But this time around the party gained 13,134 votes, a 4.3% in­crease in their share of the vote com­pared with 2017, when they got 11,519 votes.

The Labour Party, which had iden­ti­fied the seat as a tar­get, fin­ished in sec­ond place.

Its can­di­date St­effie Wil­liams Roberts got 10,353 votes.

Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Gonul Daniels got 4,428 votes, while Gary Gribben, the Brexit Party can­di­date, got 1,159 votes.

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Mr Wil­liams said: “I would like to thank the Lib Dems and the Greens, who joined us in the ‘Right to Re­main’ coali­tion.

“And prove that pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics can be a mat­ter of agree­ment rather than a mat­ter of com­pe­ti­tion.

“In­spi­ra­tional marchers in Cardiff, Merthyr Tud­ful and Caernar­fon have proved that peo­ple de­manded a bet­ter fu­ture for Wales.

“It’s high time for Wales to cut a new key for our own front door. And when we have that key, the front door will be open to ev­ery­body.”

Labour’s St­effie Wil­liams Roberts con­grat­u­lated Hy­wel Wil­liams on his re-elec­tion and praised him as a “su­perb MP”.

She said: “I think we can all agree that we are in safe hands, be­cause here in Ar­fon, vot­ers were quite lucky that they had dif­fer­ent but sim­i­lar can­di­dates with strong val­ues and be­liefs.”

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