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Summary

  1. Labour wins the Newport West parliamentary by-election
  2. New MP Ruth Jones says she will stand up for the people, the jobs and the economy of Newport West
  3. Turnout was 37.1%

Live Reporting

By Andy Roberts, David Deans and Ruth Thomas

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    There'll be more reaction and analysis on BBC Cymru Wales services from 6am.

    In the meantime, here's a summary of what happened.

  2. 'Not a barometer for future polls'

    Analysis

    Felicity Evans

    BBC Wales political editor

    This is a good hold for Labour and Ruth Jones will be pleased to be heading for Westminster with a majority of nearly two thousand at a time of such unpredictability.

    The Conservatives will be pleased to have held off the UKIP challenge for second place when the UK government is under such pressure over Brexit.

    But UKIP is taking encouragement from a vote share of more than 8 per cent, which would be their base line for keeping a presence in the Senedd at the next Welsh Assembly elections.

    What happened in this by-election should not be taken as a barometer for for future elections - politics is a rollercoaster right now.

    Ruth Jones will need to fasten her seat belt.

  3. Leader's 'warmest congratulations'

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:

    “Ruth will be a fantastic successor to Paul Flynn and will take up the tireless work he carried out for this community," he said.

    “Tonight’s result sends a clear message that the people of Newport and Wales are fed up of austerity which has robbed the Welsh economy of £1bn through needless cuts, and shows support for Labour’s alternative."

    Quote Message: Tonight’s result sends a clear message that the people of Newport and Wales are fed up of austerity from Jeremy Corbyn Labour leader
    Jeremy CorbynLabour leader
  4. Matthew Evans - 'Anger from voters'

    Conservative candidate Matthew Evans, who came second, said he noticed a lot of anger from voters over Brexit confusion.

    “Whether they voted Leave or Remain people want clarity and they deserve that clarity," he told BBC Wales.

    “Hopefully this issue will be resolved shortly.”

  5. Ruth Jones - 'There is a level of distrust of all politicians'

    Ruth Jones said she was “incredibly grateful” to the voters of Newport West.

    “There is a level of distrust of all politicians at the moment,” she told BBC Wales, “because of what’s been going on in the House of Commons.

    “I think that highlighted itself in the relatively low turnout.

    “I want to reach out to those who didn’t go out to vote today to make sure that we get their voices heard and we get re-engaged with politics again.

    Asked her lower majority, she said: “Paul had a massive personal vote. I’m not surprised. I’m grateful we’ve got the majority we have.”

    On how she would vote on Brexit, she said: “It’s difficult to say exactly what I would or wouldn’t do. I don’t know what’s on the table at the moment.”

    Ruth Jones
  6. Labour hold Newport West

    Ruth Jones has won the Newport West by-election for Labour with a majority of 1,951 over the Conservatives.

    Neil Hamilton came third for UKIP, followed by Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats.

    Ruth Jones
  7. Result

    Ruth Jones (Labour) - 9,308

    Matthew Evans (Conservative) - 7,357

    Neil Hamilton (UKIP) - 2,023

    Jonathan Clark (Plaid Cymru) - 1,185

    Ryan Jones (Liberal Democrats) - 1,088

    Amelia Womack (Green Party) - 924

    June Davies (Renew) - 879

    Richard Suchorzewski (Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party) - 205

    Ian McLean (SDP) - 202

    Philip Taylor (Democrats and Veterans) - 185

    Hugh Nicklin (For Britain) - 159

  8. BREAKING: LABOUR WIN

  9. Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats

    Former Lib Dem AM Bill Powell said the party had been “squeezed” in the by-election campaign but he said some voters liked what the party were saying on the need for a further referendum on Brexit.

    Plaid Cymru AM Delyth Jewell said Newport West wasn’t an area where the party had traditionally been strong but she felt that Plaid would have an improved performance.

  10. 'Seismic shock'

    Alec Shelbrooke, vice-chair of the Conservative Party and MP for Elmet and Rothwell told BBC One's This Week it would be a “seismic shock” if they were to win the seat.

    He said the Tories had put a “respectable” amount of effort into a campaign they fought on local issues such as the M4 relief road.

    He also suggested that Labour had “put a huge amount of resource” into fighting to keep a seat which had been Labour for most of its existence.

    Alec Shelbrooke
  11. 'Difficult time'

    Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith told Andrew Neil on BBC One’s This Week that the issues she heard on the doorstep in Newport West were “a mixture of everything”.

    These include concerns about crime rates, police cuts and “nine years of austerity”.

    The Llanelli MP added: “It’s a difficult time with a general feeling that people are fed up with politics.”

    Nia Griffith
  12. Turnout - and what it might mean

    Cardiff University's Prof Roger Awan-Scully says that a 37.1% turnout is low.

    "Far from a historic low - but still unquestionably poor," he says.

    "The next big question - will this low turnout hurt any party in particular?"

  13. A famous name from the past

    One of Newport West's predecessor constituencies, Monmouth Boroughs, was won four times by Victorian ironmaster Crawshay Bailey.

    Also known as Cosher Bailey, he was the inspiration behind a well-known song - “Did you ever see such a funny thing before?”