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Political programmes editor, North East & Cumbria
One of the shocks of last night's results was Labour's Laura Pidcock losing her North West Durham seat to Conservative Richard Holden.
Before that she was seen as a potential leadership contender. In 2017, her majority was more than 8,000.
Until last night North West Durham was the sort of “no-hoper” seat that young ambitious Conservatives looking to cut their political teeth were pointed towards.
A constituency made up of former mining and steel towns such as Consett and Stanley, it was working class through and through.
At the height of Labour’s success in 1997, the local MP Hilary Armstrong took nearly 69% of the vote – more than double all the other parties added together.
One Conservative keen to make her mark at the start of her career was Theresa May, a councillor in London when she travelled north to be selected as Conservative candidate at the 1992 General Election.
She came second with the future Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron trailing in third. For Mrs May it was a step up the political ladder and by 1997 she’d been rewarded with the far more winnable constituency of Maidenhead.
But things have moved on – and the Conservative party has proved it’s capable of winning, even in the former Labour heartlands of the North East
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.
If you're just waking up here is what happened overnight across the North East:
Labour's Laura Pidcock, once seen as a potential contender for the party's leadership, has lost her Durham North West seat to Conservative Richard Holden.
Mr Holden defeated Pidcock, Labour's shadow employment rights secretary, by 1,144 votes, winning 19,990 to her 18,846.
The result overturned Ms Pidcock's 8,792 vote majority in the 2017 general election.
Commenting on results across the UK, Mr Holden said: "You've seen across the country tonight that a very divisive brand of politics that would've taken us back decades in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, has been comprehensively defeated, most of all in the North East of England."
John Wolstenholme of the Brexit Party came third and Liberal Democrat Michael Peacock came fourth.
Voter turnout was down by 0.6 percentage points since the last general election.
Nearly 48,000 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.
Three of the seven candidates, Watts Stelling (independent), David Sewell (Green) and David Lindsay (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.
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One of the shocks of the night was Labour's Laura Pidcock, a rising star of the party, losing her Durham North West seat to the Conservatives.
Richard Holden won 19,990 votes to her 18,846 for a 1,144 majority. He said:
It's been a a really hard fought campaign over the last few weeks, I'd like to thank my opponents, particularly for Laura, for this must be a personally difficult time.
You've seen across the country tonight that a very divisive brand of politics that would've taken us back decades in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, has been comprehensively defeated, most of all in the North East of England.
I think it marks a real moment of change in British Politics, the North East is back in the Conservative Party and I'm incredibly proud to serve this constituency in the next Parliament.".
Conservative Richard Holden, who beat former Durham North West Labour MP Laura Pidcock, has expressed his joy at winning the seat:
Political Editor, BBC Look North
Laura Pidcock was seen as a potential leadership contender.
She was used a lot during the campaign by Labour.
The party's disastrous night in the North East is now almost complete.
Labour's Laura Pidcock, a rising star of the party, has lost her Durham North West seat to the Conservatives.
Richard Holden won 19,990 votes to her 18,846 for a 1,144 majority.
Ms Pidcock, shadow employment rights secretary, previously had a majority of 8,792.