UK results: Conservatives win majority

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Seats 365 203 48 11 8 15
Change +47 -59 +13 -1 -2 +2

Blyth Valley

Parliamentary constituency

CON GAIN FROM LAB

Blyth Valley had never been held by the Conservatives before, since the seat was created in 1950. Read the full story here or scroll down for updates.

Results

  1. Conservative
    Ian Levy
    • Votes: 17,440
    • Vote share %: 42.7
    • Vote share change: +5.4
  2. Labour
    Susan Dungworth
    • Votes: 16,728
    • Vote share %: 40.9
    • Vote share change: -15.0
  3. The Brexit Party
    Mark Peart
    • Votes: 3,394
    • Vote share %: 8.3
    • Vote share change: +8.3
  4. Liberal Democrat
    Thom Chapman
    • Votes: 2,151
    • Vote share %: 5.3
    • Vote share change: +0.7
  5. Green
    Dawn Furness
    • Votes: 1,146
    • Vote share %: 2.8
    • Vote share change: +0.6

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 712
  • Registered voters: 64,429
  • % share:
    63.4%
  • Change since 2017: -3.6

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 42.7%
Labour 40.9%
The Brexit Party 8.3%
Liberal Democrat 5.3%
Green 2.8%

Vote share change since 2017

  • The Brexit Party +8.3 Gained
  • Conservative +5.4 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +0.7 Gained
  • Green +0.6 Gained
  • Labour -15.0 Lost

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North East has seen 'political earthquake'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

The North East has seen the equivalent of a political earthquake - the region has not seen as many seats change hands in one election in living memory.

Margaret Thatcher never had as many MPs in this region as Boris Johnson will have. And some now represent constituencies we were told would never vote Conservative.

Communities built on the steel industry, like Consett and Redcar, and former mining areas like Blyth Valley and Bishop Auckland have placed their trust in the Tories.

The Labour party chairman Ian Lavery, a former miner, survived by the skin of his teeth in Wansbeck. Laura Pidcock, a Corbynite who could have been in the running to be the next Labour leader, saw North West Durham's voters reject her.

So what happened? Get Brexit Done certainly resonated. The gains were all in leave-voting seats which seem to have blamed Labour for the parliamentary deadlock.

But Labour candidates will tell you that Jeremy Corbyn was a bigger issue on the doorstep. Not many of their voters wanted him anywhere near Number 10.

But there are dangers. Every economic study suggests it's the North East that will suffer the most harm from leaving the European Union. And just talking about the idea of a Northern Powerhouse will no longer be enough.

Constituents of these new Conservative MPs will expect them and their party to deliver Brexit, but also more investment in the North.

General election 2019: The story in the North East

If you're just waking up here is what happened overnight across the North East:

  • Newcastle Central was the first seat to be declared with Labour's Chi Onwurah keeping her seat but with a decreased majority
  • The first shock of the night came when the Conservatives took Blyth Valley, which has been Labour since it was created in 1950
  • There was further bad news for Labour when they lost Darlington, Stockton South, Redcar, Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield and North West Durham to the Conservatives. For Bishop Auckland and Redcar, it is the first Conservative MP they have had
  • Labour has held on to all the other seats in the region, but in almost every case with a reduced majority
  • The Brexit Party failed to win its top target of Hartlepool, with Labour holding on
Conservatives break Labour's 50-year hold in Blyth Valley

'Red wall' being breached

David Rhodes

BBC political reporter

The much vaunted red wall from North Wales across Yorkshire is being breached.

And behind the red wall sat the Labour citadel of the North East - which has been ransacked by the Tories - winning Redcar, Blyth Valley, Bishop Auckland, Stockton South etc.

North East 'to play a key role in tonight's Tory victory'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

It is becoming crystal clear that Labour have had a catastrophic night in the North East of England.

The Conservatives are winning in places they've never won before, and in places even they probably didn't expect to win.

The party threw its resources into its top targets - Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Stockton South. Darlington is already in the bag, the other two will surely fall.

What's remarkable though is the Tory performance in other seats. The party deliberately didn't divert too much effort into the next tier of potential targets. Yet some are falling, and some have become highly marginal.

Conservatives break Labour's 50-year hold in Blyth Valley

Wansbeck - the location of the last mine to close in the North East - came close to falling. Ian Levy became the first Conservative MP to be elected in another former mining seat - Blyth Valley.

And now Wansbeck, Redcar and North West Durham are in peril. The tectonic plates are shifting.

Is this a long term shift? Or are Labour voters lending Boris Johnson their votes to get Brexit over the line?

Either way, the North East is going to play a key role in tonight's Tory victory.

Conservatives break Labour's 50-year hold in Blyth Valley
The Conservatives have won the former mining constituency, which has been in Labour hands since 1950.

Labour MP's majority cut 'hugely significant'

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

Not as seismic as the result in Blyth Valley of course, but Bridget Phillipson’s majority in Houghton & Sunderland South being cut from more than 12,000 to just over 3,000 is hugely significant.

Sunderland Central result up next and it’s even closer we’re told.