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Jane Dodds' time as MP one of the shortest ever - but not quite a Welsh record

Jane Dodds' defeat in Brecon & Radnorshire comes after a by-election victory in August. Credit: Welsh Liberal Democrats

Jane Dodds' 134 days as an MP makes her time as an MP one of the shortest on record.

The Liberal Democrat lost her seat as the Conservatives made a significant amount of gains in Wales overnight.

Fay Jones MP won with a 7,131 majority and described it as the "best night of my life".

"I can't describe how honoured I am", she said on Twitter following her victory.

"Thank you to all those who put their faith in me - and those who didn’t. I will not let any of you down."

Conservative Fay Jones won Brecon and Radnorshire with a majority of more than 7,000

If Jane Dodds wants, she can take cold comfort that one of her Liberal predecessors served for an even shorter time back in 1945.

Seaborne Davies represented Caernarvon Boroughs for 91 days Credit: Pwllheli Town Council

Seaborne Davies won Caernarvon Boroughs (to use the anglicised spelling of the time) in a by-election in April 1945. He took over as Liberal MP from David Lloyd George, who had represented the seat for 55 years.

But he was not to match the former Prime Minister's political longevity. Just 91 days later, he was defeated in the General Election by the Conservatives.

Seaborne Davies never stood for Parliament again but he was an MP at a time when Parliament sat almost continuously.

In Jane Dodds' case, the summer recess, the unlawful prorogation of Parliament and then a shorter legitimate break before the Queen's Speech means her time at Westminster was much the same as Seaborne Davies' service.