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General Election 2019: Key moments of the night

The Conservatives enjoyed huge gains in the North West. Credit: ITV News

The Conservatives have swept to victory in the General Election, winning their highest total of seats since the 1980s.

In the North West, they won 12 seats off the Labour Party as one of their key "heartlands" crumbled in a very bad night for the party.

There were several big moments that defined the night.

Greater Manchester goes from red to blue:

Conservative candidates celebrate winning seats in the North West. Credit: ITV News

As the night went on several seats in Greater Manchester were won by the Conservatives for the first time since the 1990s.

Although Manchester stayed solidly red, seats in towns saw a large fall in the Labour vote.

In Bolton North East the Conservatives won for the first time since 1997.

They overturned a majority of over 4,000 to unseat Sir David Crausby.

David Crausby has been Bolton North East's MP since 1997. Credit: ITV News

There were also wins for the Tories in both Bury seats, as Bury North and Bury South were won by the Conservatives on their route to victory.

Leigh is won by the Conservatives for the first time:

Leigh has been a Labour seat since 1922 and was previously held by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

James Grundy makes his victory speech in Leigh. Credit: ITV News

The seat voted overwhelmingly to leave in the 2016 EU referendum and the Conservatives seemed to have attracted those voters this time round.

They overturned a majority of over 9,500 to win the constituency.

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Merseyside stays loyal to Labour:

Frank Field stood as an independent in Birkenhead, having represented Labour for almost 40 years. Credit: ITV News

Although the so-called red wall in the North West seemed to fall apart for Labour, in Merseyside Labour won in every seat.

Frank Field stood as an independent in Birkenhead, having represented the seat as a Labour MP since 1979, before leaving the party in August 2018 citing concerns over antisemitism in the party.

However, he was unsuccessful in his attempt to regain his seat as support for Labour in the area stayed strong.

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