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UKIP sees surge of support in North East

UKIP candidate Phillip Broughton can't hide his happiness as UKIP come second in Hartlepool Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The party have seen a significant rise in the share of the vote. They have come second in many seats in the North East, challenging Labour.

UKIP saw one of their biggest rises in Hartlepool, taking in 27.99% of the vote. Iain Wright was re-elected as the constituency's Labour MP.

Hartlepool result breakdown with number of votes and percentage of the vote:

Iain Wright (Lab) – 14,076 (35.64%)

Phillip Broughton (UKIP) – 11,052 (27.99%)

Richard Royal (Con) – 8,256 (20.91%)

Stephen Picton (Ind) – 2,954 (7.48%)

Michael Holt (Green) – 1,341 (3.40%)

Sandra Allison (Hospital) – 849 (2.15%)

Hilary Allen (Lib Dem) – 761 (1.93%)

John Hobbs (Ind) 201 (0.51%)

UKIP also took over 20% of the vote in South Shields and Houghton and Sunderland South.

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Richmond’s Conservative candidate arrived to slow handclap from UKIP supporters

The Conservative candidate for Rishi Sunak arrived to the count at 6.20am and was greeted by a slow handclap from UKIP supporters.

UKIP supporters said his absence throughout the night was “disrespectful.”

Richmond is a safe Conservative seat and it is thought that Sunak will replace William Hague as MP.

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