While parts of Labour's "red wall" collapsed overnight in the West Midlands, others held firm despite the party's heavy defeat overall.
In Wolverhampton, two of the three constituencies fell to the Tories, likewise in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Conservatives also took a seat from Labour in Dudley North and two in West Bromwich.
Birmingham Northfield became a Conservative seat for the first time in 27 years.
Despite all of Birmingham's other Labour MPs seeing their majorities cut by varying degrees, their opposition Conservative candidates failed to make major inroads across the city. Rather, other parties benefited (although remain well behind the big two).
The exception was Yardley, where Vince Garrington took an extra 10 percentage points of the share of the vote, compared with 2017, although the Lib Dems lost votes as well as Labour.
In seven of the 10 Birmingham constituencies (including Sutton Coldfield), the Conservatives actually polled fewer votes in 2019, compared with 2017.
In terms of share of the vote it's a similar story. In five of the 10 seats, the Conservatives lost share, while in others their gains were minimal.
Birmingham Ladywood: Labour hold
Shabana Mahmood has been re-elected as the MP for Birmingham Ladywood, with a decreased majority.
The Labour candidate beat Conservative Mary Noone by 28,582 votes, 132 votes less than the majority at the 2017 election.
Lee Dargue of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Alex Nettle came fourth.
Overseas students are worth £20bn to the UK economy, says a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute.
London has the biggest share of international students, but the study shows that in relative terms, smaller cities with more than one university feel a greater impact.
The analysis says on top of tuition fees, their spending has become a major factor in supporting local economies.
Parliamentary website mixes up images of women Muslim MPs
Parliamentary authorities have hastily edited a website displaying MPs' portraits after Shabana Mahmood's profile showed a photograph of the wrong female Muslim Labour MP.
Birmingham Ladywood MP Ms Mahmood's page instead showed a picture of Rushanara Ali, who represents Bethnal Green and Bow.
Responding to the mix-up, Ms Ali said: "These things happen. Sometimes I get confused between bald white male Cabinet ministers.
"We shouldn't take these things too seriously."
Parliamentary authorities quickly removed the photograph of Ms Ali from Ms Mahmood's profile, which currently does not display a picture.
A disclaimer on the webpage declares "this is a test website, so may be inaccurate", but there did not appear to be any other mistakes.
A House of Commons spokesman said: "As can happen with beta websites which are still in development, a technical error led to an incorrect photo of an MP being uploaded. The error was promptly identified and rectified."