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Last Updated: Friday, 4 May 2007, 06:02 GMT 07:02 UK
Wins prompt Conservative smiles
Jonathan Morgan AM
Mr Morgan said the Tories fought a positive campaign
Conservatives have continued to make a political return in Wales with five constituency wins in the assembly poll.

The party held Monmouth, and gained Cardiff North, Clwyd West, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and Preseli Pembrokeshire from Labour.

It marks a revival in Tory fortunes which is being attributed in part to the leadership of David Cameron.

There were no Tory MPs in Wales after either the 1997 or 2001 UK general elections.

Until now they had only one constituency seat in the assembly, although they had 11 AMs in 2003 thanks to the regional list system.

Visible campaign

Jonathan Morgan, the victor for the Conservatives in Cardiff North, won after abandoning a bid in the regional list through which he had a seat in the last assembly.

He polled 15,253 votes and 45.3% share, beating Labour's Sophie Howe by almost 5,000 votes.

"We fought a very visible campaign and I don't think there was much activity from the other parties, notably the Labour party which I think gave up before the campaign had even started."

Mr Morgan said the Welsh Conservatives had proved they had changed over the last decade and said that was partly due to the leadership of Nick Bourne in the assembly, as well as David Cameron at Westminster.

In the three-way marginal of Clwyd West, Darren Millar ousted former Labour culture minister Alun Pugh with a majority of almost 1,600.

Darren Millar
Darren Millar ousted former cabinet minister Alun Pugh

Mr Millar joins David Jones MP, a fellow Conservative in the constituency.

He said; "I think the people of Clwyd West have rejected Labour soundly tonight.

"Clearly the people of Clwyd West want to make sure they have got a Conservative voice not just at Westminster but at Cardiff Bay."

In another three-way marginal in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Angela Burns defeated Labour's one-time vegetarian agriculture minister Christine Gwyther, an AM since the assembly was set up.

And in another west Wales constituency Preseli Pembrokeshire, which already has a Conservative MP, Paul Davies defeated Labour's Tamsin Dunwoody by more than 3,000 votes.

Monmouth, the seat formerly held by David Davies who has opted to concentrate on his role as MP for the town, was also held by the Tories.

Mr Davies's successor Nick Ramsay polled 15,389 votes - a 52% share.

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