General Election 2017: First result is in as Newcastle pips Houghton & Sunderland South to be the first constituency to declare with a Labour party hold

Rebecca Smith
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Newcastle upon Tyne Central has beaten Houghton & Sunderland South to declare and it's a Labour hold for Chi Onwurah.

Labour also held Houghton & Sunderland South.

With the exit poll signalling we could be in for a shock night, these Labour constituencies weren't forecast to be up for grabs unlike a host of marginals, but they are still interesting to note how the vote make-up has shifted.

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The first constituency to declare was a battle in itself with Betway saying before the results that Newcastle had a leading chance at even-money to be the first constituency to declare in today’s UK general election.

That was despite Houghton & Sunderland South being the speediest for the past few elections.

Newcastle Council reportedly pumped in extra resources in a bid to take the counting crown away from Houghton & Sunderland South, so there was a competitive edge here too.

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