Newton resident RUSSELL GEORGE has retained Montgomeryshire for the Conservative Party in the 2021 Senedd Election.

This is a hat-rick of wins for the politician who was first elected in 2011 and saw his majority increase from 3,339 to 7,528.

Plaid Cymru canidate, Elwyn Vaughan took second place and Liberal Democrat hopeful Alison Alexander came third.

Turnout for the constituency was 50 per cent, with 25, 134 votes being cast.

Mr George, said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be returned as the Montgomeryshire member of the Senedd to represent my home constituency, where I was born and lived all my life.

He thanked the Powys County Council staff for conducting the election count in a “very difficult situation.”

Mr Russell also thanked his family and team for their support during the campaign as well as his fellow candidates who conducted a campaign that “focussed on policy.”

For the fist time, Plaid Cymru came second in the constituency , which saw the Liberal Democrat vote fall by over 2,400 from 2016.

Plaid Cymru candidate Elwyn Vaughan, said: “This is the best ever result for Plaid Cymru in Montgomeryshire, we are the progressive force against the ultra right wing agenda by the Conservatives from London.

“That is the context unfortunately that we live in these days.

“I can assure you I will be staying in Powys politics to challenge and keep Russell and his team answerable and working hard for our communities.”

Mr Vaughan added that this result ensured that a Welsh voice had been heard clearly in the constituency which would be a base for the future.

Liberal Democrat candidate, Alison Alexander, said: “I can’t think of a time when liberal values could be more important.

“We have a lot of work to do here in Montgomeryshire and we are ready to do it.”

The result is:

Alison Alexander – Liberal Democrat -4,207

Kait Duerden – Labour – 3,576

Gwyn Wigley Evans – Gwlad – 157

Russell George – Conservative – 12,013

Oliver Lewis – Reform UK – 549

Elwyn Vuaghan – Plaid Cymru – 4,485