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Why this general election is almost 1983 all over again for Wales - but not quite

Margaret Thatcher won a landslide victory in 1983. It was after the Falklands War and when Labour had been split by defections to the SDP. Credit: PA Images

In some ways the similarities between the 1983 election result in Wales and the result now are striking.

In 1983, Margaret Thatcher won a Conservative landslide in what was the most decisive election since Labour came into power in 1945.

Victory in the Falklands increased Thatcher's popularity after a turbulent few years in government and a number of defections in the Labour party to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) ultimately led to their defeat.

The 1983 result, held in June, earned the Tories their biggest parliamentary majority of the post-war era.

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed supporters on Friday morning, he celebrated what he called the "biggest Conservative majority since the 1980s".

The Conservatives in Wales once more have 14 seats and Labour are on 22, slightly better than the 20 they managed back then - but that was out of a total of 38 Welsh MPs, not the present 40.

There were huge gains for the Conservatives in many Labour strongholds in Wales

In 1983, the Welsh Liberal Democrats' predecessors had a relatively good election, doubling the number of Liberal MPs from one to two, which certainly beats the total wipeout the Lib Dems have now experienced at two successive Westminster elections.

Plaid Cymru kept the two seats they were defending in 1983, this time they stayed on four MPs.

Labour narrowly held on in Wrexham in 1983, but otherwise, the only seat they retained in north Wales was Alyn & Deeside - their last remaining northern seat after this election.

It was also the last time the Conservatives took Bridgend.

But Labour have held onto Cardiff North and Cardiff Central, both seats where they finished third back then, as well as Cardiff West, which also went Tory in the Thatcher landslide.

Add in Newport West, another Tory victory that's not been repeated this time round and a pattern emerges.

Outside its Valleys heartlands, Labour now do well in Welsh cities and less well in smaller towns.

Brexit has played its part of course - and indeed another difference with 1983 is that Labour fought that election promising to take the UK out of the EU - or Common Market, as it was then known - without a referendum.