Redcar was always expected to return to Labour after a shock defection to the Lib Dems in 2010. The Labour candidate Anna Turley was leading the polls right from the start, with the Lib Dems blighted by the fact their incumbent Ian Swales chose to stand down. A major defeat here might suggest the Lib Dems will also struggle to hold Berwick when that result is declared tomorrow.
Labour's hopes are dashed in Stockton South, as the Conservative majority soars.
Hartlepool confirms itself as UKIP's top target in the region for 2020.