By Jake Nichol.
Labour has held on to the first two seats declared in the election seeing off the Tory threat for now, to their northern heartlands.
The first two Constituencies to have declared, Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Houghton and Sunderland South, have been both won by the incumbent Labour candidate.
However, with Theresa May placing traditional Labour heartlands as key to her campaign, what do the numbers tell us about the swing, if any to the Conservatives?
Let’s take a look at Newcastle first, who won the race to be first to declare its result.
In the 2015 election, the Labour candidate, Chi Onwurah won 19,301 votes, which gave her 55.0% of the total number of valid ballots cast, with a majority of 12,673 over the Conservative candidate.
This time around, Onwurah received 24,071 votes and increased her overall majority to 40.3%, up from 36.1% in ’15.
A swing by 2.1% to Labour in Newcastle, which voted Remain in the EU Referendum, however, is offset by the result in neighbouring Houghton and Sunderland South.
Bridget Phillipson was defending a comfortable majority of 12,938 votes, which equates to 33.6% majority.
However, this time, despite still winning by 12,341 votes, Phillipson has seen a near 5% cut in her majority, owing to the Conservatives eating into the UKIP vote.
Paul Howell increased the Tory vote by a staggering 11.2%, while UKIP went down by 15.8%, a swing to the Tories by about 3.8%.
Significantly, if the majority, in terms of percentage are added together, there is a 1.4% swing to the Tories in the North of England. That is probably too low a figure to be overly substantial, but it definitely gives food for thought.