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Our general election coverage

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

That's the end of our coverage today.

Thank you for being with us on what has been an interesting night and day, whatever your political persuasion.

You can find out who the MP is where you live here, and find all the latest reaction on the BBC News website.

You can also keep up with what's happening tonight and over the weekend with BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

Have a great weekend. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Election map

How the papers covered Cumbria's elections

Martin Lewes


In Barrow, the North West Evening Mail vividly depicted the joy of Labour's John Woodcock as he was returned by a slim majority, when he had expected to lose.

North west Evenoing Mail report grab

If I’m being candid, I thought my majority was going to be too tight to hold on, and I am so, so pleased that the people of Barrow have put their trust in me again."

John Woodcock MP

In the neighbouring constituency, the Westmorland Gazette also depicted the reaction of an MP watching a majority of thousands being reduced to hundreds, as Tim Farron held Westmorland and Lonsdale for the Liberal Democrats

Election coverage in Westmorland Gazette
Westmorland Gazette

The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald promises full coverage when the newspaper is published tomorrow, of a night when the county's safest MP, the Conservative Rory Stewart, saw his majority cut by 'a surge in Labour support' in Penrith and the Border.

Carlisle News and Star
Cumbrian Newspapers

In North Cumbria the News and Star reflected the return with little drama of Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson.

This time it was very much a two-horse race, with both Ukip and the Liberal Democrats losing their deposit after failing to secure five per cent of the vote."

News and Star

The News and Star also reported on the return of Labour's Sue Hayman in Workington, showing her surrounded by celebrating supporters.

Sue Hayman with supporters
News and Star

Just down the coast, the Whitehaven News reported the success of the area's first Conservative MP for decades, Trudy Harrison, who was voted in at a by-election earlier this year..

To win two elections so close together is remarkable."

Trudy Harrison

Rory Stewart: Tories need to consider younger voters

The MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart, says it was Labour's ability to attract younger voters that boosted their vote.

His majority was cut by 3,984 in the safest Tory seat in the county.

There's been a big swing to Labour across the country and I think a lot of that seems to be the turnout of younger people. That's something we're going to have to look at after the election."

Rory Stewart
Penrith and Border results graphic

Jonathan Arnott 'definitely staying with UKIP'

Despite a lengthy resignation letter that is heavily critical of the party and its policies, North East MEP and general secretaryJonathan Arnott has moved to confirm he will remain a member of UKIP.

He announced that he would be resigning as general secretary soon after it was revealed that party leader Paul Nutall had resigned, which is set to take effect after the weekend.

A Twitter user said they hoped Mr Arnott would remain a member of the party, to which he replied:

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In his letter of resignation, he described UKIP as being in a "last-chance saloon" and wrote that the party needed to "stop making it difficult - impossible, even" for people to vote for them.

He made it clear that his feelings towards UKIP and their campaign which he "profoundly disagreed with" were kept silent out of respect for "close personal friend" Mr Nutall.

Keeping up with Curtice

Illustration of Professor John Curtice

If you've been paying attention to social media overnight, you might have noticed a few people who were more interested in the BBC's polling expert Professor John Curtice than the results.

BBC Trending has put this together showing how social media has gone crazy for Curtice.

Record number of female MPs elected. How many of them in the North East?

There are 10 more female MPs as a result of the election, taking female representation in the Commons to a new high.

There are now 207 women MPs, up from 197 before the snap poll - and 12 of them are from across the North East.

Graph showing number of women MPs across all parties.

Conservatives and Labour should agree Brexit position, says business boss

Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Rob Johnston, says Conservatives and Labour should agree a common way forward on Brexit.

Rob Johnston
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Mr Johnston said: "It is difficult to see how a government with such a slender majority will be able to enter the negotiations with any credibility or authority."

He said neither of the main parties had listened to business interests and this had to change.

"Business doesn't want to see a hard Brexit with export tariffs and barriers to recruiting migrant labour. We believe that Theresa May, or whoever succeeds her if she steps down, has to recognise that," he said.

Reaction from the BBC's first post-election panel

A BBC panel made up of people from across the North East have shared their reaction to last night's general election.

They were asked: What do you think of the election result? Do you feel optimistic or pessimistic for the future?

Eddie, Teesside:

Not happy that we have a hung parliament, however, we must get on and make the best of it.

Bria, Carlisle:

Came as no surprise and would feel very optimistic if Labour was able to form a minority government.

Graham, Sunderland:

I think that it shows Theresa May that her approach has been wrong, and it may improve the approach to negotiating exit from the EU, but Theresa May should resign and if no other competent leader can be found, the negotiations should be postponed until a majority government can be formed and the public 'mandate' concerning the detail of exit from the EU clarified, possibly by a referendum conducted at the same time as a second election.

Katie, Teesside:

I'm shocked so many people still voted Tory despite all the negativity surrounding them but I'm glad they didn't have an overall win.

Paul, Darlington:

Pessimistic we now in a much worse position to negotiate Brexit than we were before the election.

Craig, Newcastle:

it wont change anything Tories will still lead the way.

UKIP candidate: We're going to fight on

The UKIP candidate in Copeland says he believes the party can have a future.

Herbert Crossman polled just over 1,000 votes, compared with the party's 2,025 at the by-election earlier this year, and more than 6,000 in 2015.

The party saw similar declines all over the county, but Mr Crossman said he saw no reason why the party shouldn't continue.

I'm here, I'm going to stay here, and I'm going to fight to get UKIP recognised - all of us in the Cumbria district."

In Carlisle, where the party's votes dropped from 5,277 to 1,455 between 2015 and this election, the candidate Fiona Mills believes the slump is only temporary.

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An emotional Mike Hill is comforted at the Hartlepool count

Here's a lovely photo taken by the Hartlepool Mail.

A tearful Mike Hill is pictured embracing his wife Glynis after it became clear he had retained the seat for the Labour Party.

The first-time candidate came out with a majority of 7,650.

Mike Hill and his wife Glynis
Hartlepool Mail

In his speech, he said the campaign was "celebrating the ambitions of the people in the town" and promised that his party would rebuild communities, and he would "put the town on the map".

Concluding with a personal message for his mother, he held up a picture of his father and said "I did it for my dad".

More coverage of the night from the Hartlepool Mail can be found here.

Hear how General Election 2017 happened in Cumbria

BBC Radio Cumbria

All the ups, downs and recounts from Cumbria in the 2017 General Election

Labour hold Durham North West after MP's resignation

Labour held Durham North West with a majority of 8,792. despite their previous MP stepping down.

Pat Glass resigned as Labour education shadow secretary just two days after being appointed by Jeremy Corbyn and announced she wouldn't be standing as MP again.

Ms Glass had previously been shadow minister for Europe and a shadow junior education minister, and described the post of shadow education secretary as her "dream job".

She served as a member of the education select committee during the coalition government between 2010 and 2015.

She took to Twitter this morning:

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Cumbria's caption competition picture from the election

Martin Lewes


If there's one photograph from the general election in Cumbria that deserves a good caption, it must be Tim Farrow accepting a reduced majority in Westmoland and Lonsdale, with his opponent Mr Fishfinger in the background, who attracted 309 votes.

Tim Farron and Mr Fishfinger at declaration.
Getty Images

UKIP's vote across the Tees Valley crumbles

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

The number of North East votes for UKIP has dropped dramatically since 2015.

Here's how UKIP support fell across the Tees Valley:

  • Hartlepool: Labour hold the seat with 21,969 votes. UKIP got 4,801 votes, down 16.5% on 2015.
  • Middlesbrough: Labour hold the seat with 23,404 votes. UKIP got 1,452 votes, down 14.6% on 2015.
  • Redcar: Labour hold the seat with 23,623 votes. UKIP got 1,950, down 13.8% on 2015.
  • Stockton North: Labour hold the seat with 24,304 votes. UKIP got 1,834, down 14.9% on 2015.
  • Stockton South: Labour narrowly gained the seat from the Conservatives with 26,102 votes. UKIP got 1,186, down 8.4% on 2015.
  • Darlington: Labour hold 22,681 votes. UKIP got 1,180, down 10.5% on 2015.

The party's vote share is down 10.8% across the UK:

Vote share change since 2015.

Watch: Tynemouth declaration

Labour's Alan Campbell holds Tynemouth

Brexit 'must be PM's top priority'

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

General Election 2017: Carlisle MP says Brexit 'must be PM's top priority'

John Stevenson has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for Carlisle with a slightly reduced majority of 2599.

Watch: Facebook Live of round-up of election results for the North East & Cumbria

Doncaster's Mr Fishfinger fails to beat Tim Farron

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A man from Doncaster who dressed as a fish finger during the general election campaign while standing as an independent against Tim Farron in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency has failed in his bid to oust the Lib Dem leader.

Mr Fishfinger and Tim Farron
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Mr Fishfinger finished fourth in the poll behind the Lib Dems, the Conservatives and Labour:

Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency result

During the night Mr Fishfinger spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria about why he stood dressed like he did:

Turnouts high in three BBC areas

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

The turnout for the General Election was high in the three BBC radio areas of the North East and Cumbria.

In the BBC Newcastle area, 66.2% of eligible voters went to the polls across the 19 constituencies.

Polling station
Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The turnout was even higher in the BBC Cumbria area with 71.1% across the six seats, a 4.5% increase on 2015.

In the 13 constituencies of BBC Tees, which includes several in North Yorkshire, 65.1% went to the polls.

Nationally the overall turnout was 69%, the highest since 1997.

Westmorland Tories consider next step

Martin Lewes


Westmorland and Lonsdale had Conservative MPs for 99 years until Tim Farron took the seat with a majority of just 267 in 2005.

In 2010 he was more than 12,000 votes ahead of his Conservative opponent Gareth McKeever, and in 2015 Ann Myatt cut that back to just over 8,000; with both candidates being brought in from elsewhere in the country.

James Airey is a farmer from South Cumbria with a long record in local politics, and in a year when the Liberal Democrats made gains elsewhere, the party leader Tim Farron saw his own majority reduced to a marginal 777.

This morning, asked whether he would stand again, Mr Airey's reply was "Absolutely, yes".

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Stockton South: MP Paul Williams ousts Conservative
Labour has ousted Conservative James Wharton from Stockton South.

Stevenson: Brexit was and is the main business

The Carlisle Conservative MP John Stevenson says the Conservatives should have made more of their stance over Brexit.

John Stevenson at Count

Mr Stevenson, who held his seat with a reduced majority, said negotiating a departure from the EU would remain the main task for any incoming government.

At the end of the day it is the most important thing facing this country and the government when it is formed will have to deal with how we negotiate with our European partners."

John StevensonMP for Carlisle
Carlisle election result graphic

Two pictures that say it all about the Barrow result...

Martin Lewes


Labour's John Woodcock, who hung on to his seat in Barrow and Furness by 209 votes after a recount, admitted he had not expected to win.

You can see his relief in these two pictures.

Woodcock cuddles Isobel Hardman

There's a tearful hug with Isabel Hardman, and a smile as wide as the Walney Channel as he talks to David Dimbleby

Woodcock smiling

Isabel, who's deputy editor of the Conservative political magazine The Spectator, later tweeted her congratulations.

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Arnott on UKIP's 'last wake-up call'

North East MEP and UKIP general secretary Jonathan Arnott says he is resigning from the party because it's manifesto "failed to be radical on economic issues" and "simply wasn't good enough".

UKIP's "blundering approach" to FGM was also criticised, as were the party's positions on terrorism, VAT, and the burqa ban.

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In the statement, he writes that the party needs to "stop making it difficult - impossible, even" for people to vote for them.

He says that he "profoundly disagreed" with UKIP's general election campaign, and remained silent out of respect for "close personal friend" Paul Nutall.

However, despite the criticism, and describing the party as being at "last-chance saloon", he says that UKIP are needed more than ever.

BreakingNorth East MEP Jonathan Arnott quits UKIP

UKIP general secretary Jonathan Arnott is to step down from the party.

The North East MEP is unhappy with a number of the party's policies including the ban on burqas and believes the rebranded integration policy "victimised" Muslims.

The news closely follows resignation of party leader, Paul Nuttall.

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Pundit: Theresa May gambled and lost

BBC Radio Cumbria interviewed the politics expert Dr Matthew Johnson about the election result. Here's his verdict.

What we've seen with Tory leaders over the past few years is that they are gamblers, and in some cases they stand to win big, so I think she's gambled on using her advantage over Corbyn and has failed badly."

Dr Matthew JohnsonLancaster university

Copeland MP: Not the result we hoped for, but May should not resign

Copeland's Conservative MP Trudy Harrison, who retained the seat she won in a by-election earlier this year, said Theresa May shouldn't resign, even though the election hadn't given the landslide her party originally hoped for.

It certainly hasn't been the campaign we all wanted it to be - we do have the majority of seats in the country but, absolutely, it's not the result we were all hoping for."

Trudy Harrison
Trudy Harrison

I remain supportive of her being our prime minister because I think the country does need the stability."

Copeland result graphic

No offence committed after polling station 'machete' incident

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Police have moved to reassure the public after reports of a man taking a "machete" to a polling station turned out to be a little less serious.

The man is said to have arrived in South Bank near Middlesbrough where he announced that the blade in his possession needed "sharpening".

The police were then called and officers arrived at about 13:00.

Cleveland Police have now confirmed that the blade did indeed need sharpening - but it was a vegetable knife.

The man was taking it to a garage to be sharpened.

BreakingPaul Nuttall stands down as UKIP leader

Speaking at his party's headquarters, Paul Nuttall has announced he is standing down as UKIP leader, saying it "has been a honour" to head the party.

"It is clear UKIP requires a new focus and new ideas," he said.

History in the making

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Some politicians' pre-result chats with reporters have quickly proved overly optimistic tonight.

Oh, what a difference half an hour makes.

If you want to go a little bit further back than that and have the benefit of a few hundred years' worth of hindsight, Durham County Council can help.

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Did the Green withdrawal help Farron survive?

The Green Party decided late in the day not to stand in Westmorland and Lonsdale.

In 2015, their candidate Chris Loynes took 1,798 votes.

Tim Farron's majority this time was 777.

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Election headlines in the North East:

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

If you're just joining us and are currently getting your head around what happened in the North East, here are the key points:

Labour holds Newcastle and Sunderland. And if you're wondering - Newcastle won the race with Sunderland to declare first. Chi Onwurah retained the seat with 64.9% of the vote.

Labour take Stockton South from the Conservatives. In what was one of the biggest regional shocks, Conservative James Wharton found out he narrowly lost after a recount.

Conservatives have gained Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East from Labour. The Conservative vote gained 12.6% since 2015. Simon Clarke took the seat vacated by Tom Blenkinsop with a majority of just 120.

Liberal Democrats keep Westmorland & Lonsdale.Party leader Tim Farron kept the seat by 777 votes after a recount.

We have uncertainty. Something financial markets don't like...

David MacMillan

BBC Tees

It's a bad day to be getting your holiday pennies, I'm afraid.

Sterling has fallen overnight, down 1.5% against the dollar in Asian trading and 1.5% against the Euro. As it stands, a pound will get you 1.13 euros or 1.27 dollars if you're heading to the USA.

The FTSE though may actually rise because the fall in pound can give shares paid for in sterling a boost.

'If you voted Mr Fishfinger, I'm your MP'

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron faced his most serious opponent since he was elected in 2005, in the shape of local Conservative farmer James Airey.

There was also a more humorous candidate called Mr Fishfinger.

When all the votes were counted, Mr Farron's Liberal Democrat majority plunged from nearly 9,000, to 777.

Here's his reaction:

You only need to win by one, and my job, it doesn't matter how people voted in the election, whether you voted Liberal Democrat, Labour, Conservative, or even for the Fishfinger, I'm your MP."

Tim Farron
Tim Farron and Mr Fishfinger (left)
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Labour's Jenny Chapman surprised to keep Darlington
Labour's Jenny Chapman says she is "shocked" to keep her Darlington seat.

How General Election 2017 happened in Cumbria

All the ups, downs and recounts from Cumbria in the 2017 General Election
All the ups, downs and recounts from the six Cumbrian constituencies in the 2017 General Election as reported by BBC Radio Cumbria.

'May's gamble backfired' - New Labour Stockton South MP

In case you missed it earlier - Labour has ousted the Conservative's James Wharton from Stockton South but the Tories have taken Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

A recount was held before it was confirmed Labour's Paul Williams had taken Stockton South.

Mr Williams began his career as a junior doctor 20 years ago at what was known then as South Cleveland Hospital.

Stockton South result graphic

He told BBC Tees: "[Election night] brought back some memories of what it's like to go through a night without any sleep.

"Our manifesto said a lot of things to people. I've tried to run an energetic campaign. I've had the privilege of meeting thousands of people over the last few weeks... and listened to them.

"It feels as though Mrs May's gamble of going out to an election trying to create some certainty and stability has backfired - It looks like her position is untenable."

He added he will keep working as a doctor "in his own time".

Dr Paul Williams

How the UKIP vote slumped across Cumbria

Martin Lewes


Here's how the UKIP vote declined between 2015 and 2017 across Cumbria:

  • In Barrow, from 5,070 to 962
  • In Carlisle, from 5,277 to 1,455
  • In Copeland, from 6,148 to 1,094
  • In Penrith and the Border, from 5,353 to 1,142
  • In Workington, from 7,538 to 1,556

In Westmorland and Lonsdale, the party took 3,031 votes in 2015, and did not stand at all this time.

This echoes the national picture where the party's share of the vote declined some 10%.

Hayman: Hospitals threat and school cuts swung it in Workington

The Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, says she believes it was proposals to change the services offered at West Cumbria's hospitals, and schools funding, that ensured her re-election.

People were very concerned by the Tories' proposals through the Success regime, and the possible school cuts that were coming up, I think that made a particular difference."

Sue Hayman
Workington result graphic