THE Welsh Conservative party has held the Aberconwy constituency in what has been hailed as a "clean fight".

Following a historic night for the party nationwide, candidate Robin Millar will succeed Guto Bebb in the seat after "the most extraordinary five weeks" of his life.

With 31,865 votes cast, Mr Millar won a tight race with second time candidate Emily Owen of Llandudno with 14,687 votes to 12,653 - an improvement of 1,399 to his predecessors majority of 635.

In his acceptance speech at Venue Cymru where the votes were counted alongside Clwyd West, Robin Millar said: "I want to pay tribute all of my fellow candidates on the deus, each one has brought a really important debate into this election. Communities, climate change, poverty and homelessness - these are important issues.

"But I have to say speaking to hundreds of people on the doors over the last few weeks, the issue people wanted to discuss here in Aberconwy was making Brexit happen - and for that reason we've stuck to our line and that's what I will do for the people of Aberconwy.

"It's an immense pleasure, and an extraordinary privilege - one that at times I thought I'd never see, to represent an area I consider a home to me."

The voter turnout was virtually unchanged from 2017, with 71.56 percent of the electorate casting their votes. Lisa Goodier of Plaid Cymru earned 2,704 votes and Welsh Liberal Democrat Jason Edwards earned 1,821 .

Despite each of the other candidates also giving thanks in their speeches for clean campaigns, the crowd reacted strongly to individual issues such as Brexit which elicited boos from sections of the room.

The success in retaining the seat follows similar triumphs in Clwyd West incumbent David Jones retaining his seat, as well as gains in Wrexham, the Vale of Clwyd and Clwyd South.

Initially the mood at the venue was optimistic, with first to arrive volunteers from the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru in good spirits as the boxes arrived at 10pm.

However, shortly after when the Exit Poll was released, the mood amongst the Plaid Cymru, Labour and Liberal Democrat camps became noticeably more subdued in anticipation of success for the Conservatives in both seats, which was confirmed after the results were given at about 3am

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