Simon Hart has been successfully re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.

The Welsh Conservative candidate saw off the challenge of Welsh Labour’s Marc Tierney, Plaid Cymru’s Rhys Thomas and Welsh Liberal Democrat Alistair Cameron.

Mr. Hart retained his seat with 22,183 votes, up from the 19,771 votes that he got in the 2017 general election.

It means the now Conservative MP now has an overall majority of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire of 7745, an increase of 4635.

Welsh Labour Candidate, Marc Tierney came second with 14,438 votes

In third was Plaid Cymru candidate, Rhys Thomas with 3633 votes.

Alister Cameron of the Welsh Liberal Democrats came fourth with 1860 votes.

The amount of ballot papers rejected was 146 and the turnout was 71.45 percent.

After his election victory, Mr. Hart said: “It’s been an interesting election for everybody, we needed it, we’ve got a working majority and I’m looking forward to doing what we do for the area.

“There’s a number of things in our manifesto which we’ve now got to implement and the first of which is getting this headache which is Brexit and getting that concluded in a satisfactory way.

“So, we can get on with the day to day task which the public have reminded us everyday over the last six weeks.”

It was a spectacular election victory for the Conservatives with the party on course for a majority of over 80 seats.

They took seats that have been Labour heartland for years such as Bridgend and Blyth Valley.

On his party’s success, Mr. Hart said: “We were amazed, as was the nation was with how decisive it was.

"From Pembrokeshire’s point of view, this is a whole scale rejection of the Corbyn offer.

"They didn’t like what they saw and made it very clear in the ballot box.

“It’s astonishing to see seats which have been in Labour hands for 40 years changing hands.”

Asked if Labour’s position on Brexit had played a part, the Conservative MP, said: “I think it did because people wanted this subject to be concluded.

“What they saw with the Labour offer was that it was going to drag on for a year or two and I think Corbyn’s suggestion that they were going to come up with a deal and then half his party were going to campaign against that, was the final straw.”

It was a disappointing night for Labour across the UK, with the party having its worst set of election results for decades.

At the time of publication, Labour were on course to take just 203 seats, a loss of 59 seats.

Labour’s spectacular collapse led to the UK Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn announcing that he would be standing down.

Speaking on his party’s failure, Welsh Labour Parliamentary candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Marc Tierney, said: “Like we have seen across the country, the picture here in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire has been very similar to the votes casted across the UK.

“Clearly the UK party will have to reflect on what this means and in terms of our messaging around Brexit and austerity.

“I’m disappointed in a way that it’s (the election) has been polarised to such an extent that it is around a single issue.

“This should have an election that looked forward into the next decade that started to right some of the wrongs that have been occurring in our society.

“We’ve had lots of different messages coming out against the Labour Party both on a UK level and a Welsh level.

“We’ve got to look back and reflect and see what went wrong in terms of our messaging to people and to voters.

“Our team has done a fantastic job in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire; we’ve had over 150 volunteers coming out each and every day getting the message out to people.

“We did a really high-profile local campaign; we talk about all the issues that people were telling us about that mattered to them on the doorstep.

“But sometimes it’s those bigger picture national messages that override what you do on the ground.

“I would like to pay tribute to everybody who has helped in the campaign over the last six weeks.

“The UK party will now have to reflect on the final outcome after the election results.”

It was also a bad night for the Liberal Democrats with Jo Swinson the party’s UK leader losing her East Dunbartonshire seat by 149 votes to the SNP.

The party also lost its House of Commons spokesperson on Brexit Tom Brake, whose Carshalton and Wallington seat went to the Conservatives.

Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate Alistair Cameron gave his thoughts.

He said: “To be frank we made a mistake in our policy saying that if we win the election, we would revoke Article 50.

“We’ve made a little bit of process since the last general election.

“As a party we need to regroup and think where we go from here.

“I wasn’t expecting a big vote, I knew there would be lots of tactical voting, our vote was squeezed and that’s what’s happened.”

After a long night the question is now what next for the UK.