UK results: Conservatives win majority

After 650 of 650 seats declared
UK results
Party Conservative Labour Scottish National Party Liberal Democrat Democratic Unionist Party Others
Seats 365 203 48 11 8 15
Change +47 -59 +13 -1 -2 +2

Darlington

Parliamentary constituency

CON GAIN FROM LAB

Results

  1. Conservative
    Peter Gibson
    • Votes: 20,901
    • Vote share %: 48.1
    • Vote share change: +4.8
  2. Labour
    Jenny Chapman
    • Votes: 17,607
    • Vote share %: 40.5
    • Vote share change: -10.1
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Anne-Marie Curry
    • Votes: 2,097
    • Vote share %: 4.8
    • Vote share change: +2.5
  4. The Brexit Party
    Dave Mawson
    • Votes: 1,544
    • Vote share %: 3.5
    • Vote share change: +3.5
  5. Green
    Matthew Snedker
    • Votes: 1,057
    • Vote share %: 2.4
    • Vote share change: +1.3
  6. Independent
    Monty Brack
    • Votes: 292
    • Vote share %: 0.7
    • Vote share change: +0.7

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 3,294
  • Registered voters: 66,397
  • % share:
    65.5%
  • Change since 2017: -2.0

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 48.1%
Labour 40.5%
Liberal Democrat 4.8%
The Brexit Party 3.5%
Green 2.4%
Independent 0.7%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +4.8 Gained
  • The Brexit Party +3.5 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +2.5 Gained
  • Green +1.3 Gained
  • Independent +0.7 Gained
  • Labour -10.1 Lost

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Ousted MP says next Labour leader does not 'have to have ovaries'

Former Labour MP Jenny Chapman, who lost her Darlington seat to the Conservatives at the General Election, said it was "patronising" to think traditional Labour voters wanted the "next leader to have ovaries, or a northern accent".

The former shadow Brexit minister is backing Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary and man behind Labour's shift to supporting a second referendum, for leader.

Jenny Chapman
UK Parliament

"I spent the last couple of months talking to folks on the doorstep in Darlington and getting very clear messages back, as you can imagine," she said.

"What people are saying is that they want a leader that they feel could be the prime minister.

"It was about, 'do I trust this person with my mortgage, with the future, with my children, with my pension?'

"And I think that Keir has the qualities that they're looking for."

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Nobody on doorsteps of Darlington said the next leader has to have ovaries or a northern accent, and I think that's such a patronising attitude to think that presenting someone who speaks the northern accent means you're going to win support 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

How Labour's 'red wall' crumbled since 1997

Financial Times reporter Sebastian Payne outlines the sheer scale of how Labour's vote has disintegrated over 22 years, with the North East and Cumbria in particular focus:

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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.

Labour Party 'has serious questions to answer'

David Rhodes

BBC political reporter

Jenny Chapman, the losing Labour candidate in Darlington, says the Labour Party has serious questions to answer

Darlington: Conservative gain

Peter Gibson has been elected as the MP for Darlington, beating Labour's Jenny Chapman by 3,294 votes.

The Conservative Party overturned a 3,280 vote majority to take the formerly Labour-held seat.

Anne-Marie Curry of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Brexit Party's Dave Mawson came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 2 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 43,000 people, roughly two-thirds of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Four of the six candidates, Anne-Marie Curry (Liberal Democrat), Dave Mawson (The Brexit Party), Matthew Snedker (Green) and Monty Brack (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.