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Lib Dems concede likely Brecon & Radnorshire defeat

By Nick Hartley, Brecon & Radnorshire

Welsh Liberal Democrat sources have conceded they are set to lose their hold on Brecon & Radnorshire to the Conservative party in one of Wales' most closely contest seats.

The mid-Wales constituency has been under the leadership of Roger Williams since 2001 and a party seat since 1997, but it is on course to see a 3,747 majority overturned in favour of Welsh Conservative candidate Chris Davies.

A loss would heap further angst on what exit polls have suggested will be painful night for the Liberal Democrats right across Britain.

The result is expected around 0300 BST.

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