General Election 2019: Labour strongholds turn blue

Wales' first three female Conservative MPs have been elected after the party claimed major target seats from Labour.

The Conservatives have turned several Labour stronghold in north Wales Blue; winning Vale of Clwyd, Wrexham, Clwyd South, Delyn and Ynys Mon.

The Vale of Clwyd and Wrexham were major Conservative targets heading into the election.

Sarah Atherton became Wales' female Conservative MP after her party took Wrexham from Labour.

Sarah Atherton won Wrexham from Labour.

Clearly disappointed by how the night was panning out, First Minister Mark Drakeford said Labour "have to think hard to recover that lost ground and re-establish the relationship we've had for so long with so many communities."

Jo Stevens was re-elected to Cardiff Central but said she was "so disappointed at the losses we've seen in Wales."

"People saying to me they weren't going to vote Labour had a number of reasons for doing so... but we have to accept the public don't want a party led by Jeremy Corbyn."

Simon Baynes MP won Clwyd South for the Conservatives with a majority of 1,239 while Virginia Crosbie became the second ever female Welsh Conservative MP by winning Ynys Môn.

Bridgend was another significant Conservative gain over Labour. Jamie Wallis won the seat from Madeleine Moon with a majority of 1,157.

It wasn't all bad news for Labour as Tonia Antoniazzi was able to hold the Gower seat, which itself was tipped to fall to the Conservatives.

The seat, which she won from the Conservatives in 2017, was the Tories' third target in Wales.

Former Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns was re-elected as the Conservatives hold the Vale of Glamorgan.

Jane Dodds could not defend the Welsh Liberal Democrats' only seat in Wales which was lost to Conservative Fay Jones with a large majority of over 7,000.

The Exit Poll, conducted by Ispos Mori for the joint election broadcasters.

The joint BBC/ITV/Sky Exit Poll forecast the Conservatives to win 368 seats - while Labour tumble to 191 seats, their worst result since 1935.

Polling expert Prof Roger Awan-Scully says Labour could be on course to win fewer seats in Wales than ever before.

He said it is likely to be a "tremendous night for Welsh Conservatives and a really difficult night for the Labour Party."

"It's conceivable that Labour could have no MPs left in Wales north of the Valleys."

Welsh Labour's deputy leader Carolyn Harries has conceded it could be "tough" for Labour in Wales.

The Conservatives leader in Wales Paul Davies said he was confident his party would take seats from Labour in Wales.

He credited a "positive campaign" and a "clear policy when it came to Brexit."