General election 2019 results: The key battles of election night

13 December 2019, 04:50

Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

After millions of Brits cast their votes in what has been described as "the most important election in a generation," results have almost finished coming in on what has been a historic night in politics.

Boris Johnson will remain in 10 Downing Street following his party's dominant victory in the December election.

The Conservative Party landslide has inflicted a number of political casualties across Thursday night and Friday morning.

Jeremy Corbyn announced he would not lead the Labour Party into another general election shortly after a fight broke out at John McDonnell's victory speech at the Hayes and Harlington vote count.

Later on Friday morning, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson discovered she would not be returning to the House of Commons after she suffered a narrow 149-vote loss to the SNP.

Fellow Lib Dem candidate Chuka Umunna also lost his seat, with his former party - the Conservatives - beating him in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency.

Other key names not returning to Parliament are former Tory Mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith, Change UK leader Anna Soubry, fellow Conservative defector Sam Gyimah, Labour defector Luciana Berger, DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds and Labour's humorous heckler Dennis Skinner.

Swinson loses her seat and Corbyn will step down
Swinson loses her seat and Corbyn will step down. Picture: PA

The Conservative Party won over several key constituencies from the Labour Party, including the spotlight seat of the "Workington Man."

At the start of the night Labour won Newcastle Central, which became the first constituency to declare a result in the 2019 general election.

Minutes later, the Tories took their first scalp of the night by gaining Blyth Valley from Labour in a narrow 712-vote victory, the first time the constituency has turned blue since the 1930s.

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The Labour Party received 21,568 votes in Newcastle Central with the Conservative Party in second place gaining 9,290.

Labour's candidate Chi Onwurah became the first MP to be elected to the House of Commons in the 2019 general election.

Houghton and Sunderland South was next to declare with Labour's Bridget Phillipson winning 16,210 votes.

There was more evidence that the "red wall" in the north east had been chipped away once the result from Sunderland Central came in.

Labour held on to the seat but lost more than 13 per cent of their vote, with the Conservatives making a huge gain by coming within just 3,000 votes of their rivals.

Boris Johnson's party was predicted to win an outright majority with a total of 368 seats, according to the exit poll.

In recent years, a strong rivalry has developed in the North East of England, with Sunderland and Newcastle competing to be the first constituencies to declare their MPs.

Sunderland South holds the record for the fastest ever declaration after taking just 48 minutes to return a Labour MP in 2015.

Lighter ballot papers and running dress rehearsals has helped staff speed up the counting process.

Vote counts are under way across the country
Vote counts are under way across the country. Picture: PA

Despite Sunderland's dominance in the race, Newcastle Central has been working hard to catch up with its local rival.

They released the first result of the 2016 Brexit referendum and followed that up with a victory over Sunderland in the 2017 general election.

Some constituencies take far longer to declare than those in the north east with vast rural areas, such as those in Cornwall, waiting until late the following morning to announce their MPs.

Tories win in Workington
Tories win in Workington. Picture: LBC

The Conservative Party later wrestled the spotlight seat of the "Workington Man" from Labour, beating them by more than 4,000 votes.

Labour also lost its grip on Darlington, Wrexham and Peterborough in the first half of the night as the result of the exit poll continued to look more and more like a foregone conclusion.

Jacob Rees-Mogg was spotted at the Somerset North East count in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Leader of the House of Commons had rarely been seen in the buildup to the general election.

Liberal Democrat candidate Chuka Umunna lost his seat shortly before 3am, however at roughly the same time the party held on to their Twickenham and Bath seats.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced he would not lead the party into the next general election at around 3:25am.

However, he said he will remain in the position during a "period of reflection."