STEPHEN Doughty has retained his Cardiff South and Penarth parliamentary seat. 

Mr Doughty was declared MP at just before 3.30am on Friday, June 9 at Cardiff City Hall. 

He won 30,182 votes, a majority of 14,864 from Bill Rees of the Conservatives who got 15,318. 

Plaid Cymru's Ian Titherington received 2162, Emma Sands 1430 for the Liberal Democrats and Andrew Bevan 942 for Ukip. 

Abthony Slaughter of the Green Party got 532 votes and Jebediah Hedges of the Pirate Party 170. 

The turnout was 66.45 per cent which was 50,831. 

Mr Doughty thanked counters for a swift count and thanked police. 
"It is an absolute privilege and honour to be elected," he said. 
"I am humbled by the support of residents."

He thanked his agent and team, partner and family. 
Referring to the attacks in London he said it was a "difficult"  week but that we have "more in common than what divides us." 

He praised the diverse vibrant forward looking community.

"I am proud of our positive campaign 

"There is a strong welsh Labour team standing up for Wales."

Conservative candidate Bill Rees congratulated Mr Doughty and thanked the count staff, his fellow candidates, his effective campaign team and his wife.