What you are waking up to in the Tyne Tees region

It has been a dramatic night in British politics - and the North East as been at the heart of it.

Our region, which was once a solid part of Labour's so-called red wall, now has a number of blue bricks.

The Conservatives have taken seven seats from Labour in the North East.

The party has lost some of its high-profile seats including Sedgefield, once the seat of Tony Blair, and North West Durham.

Even where the party has held onto seats, its vote has been dramatically reduced.

The Conservatives also retained all the seats it previously held in the region, including Hexham, Berwick and Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

In North Yorkshire, no seats changed hands.

Our Political Correspondent Martin Stew said:

We’re waking up this morning to a historic shift in the political landscape of the North East. Tony Blair’s former seat Sedgefield has turned blue as have a whole raft of once rock solid Labour seats.

Martin Stew, ITV Tyne Tees' Political Correspondent
  • Tyne Wear Derby To Declare First

After the Exit Poll revealed a large majority for the Conservatives, the night began with the regular race between Newcastle and Sunderland to be the first to declare a result.

This time around it was Newcastle, where Chi Onwurah was declared the winner of the Newcastle Central seat after at around 11.30pm.

Sunderland though was not far behind, when Bridget Phillipson was declared the winner of the Houghton and Sunderland South seat.

While both of them held their seats, they saw big swings to the Conservatives.

Ms Phillipson said in her acceptance speech that the Labour party needed to recognise where it had gone wrong.

  • Blyth Turns Blue

The first big shock of the night was in Blyth Valley, which had been Labour since its creation in 1950, was won by Conservative Ian Levy by more than 700 votes.

Conservatives celebrate winning Blyth Valley. Credit: North News
  • Tories Gain Darlington

The next big story of the night was the Conservatives win in Darlington, where Peter Gibson triumphed over Jenny Chapman and pledged to restore trust in politics.

Jonny Blair, of ITV Tyne Tees, was there.

He said:

After the gasps when the exit poll was announced, there was a feeling that Labour was always going to struggle here.

Jonny Blair, ITV Tyne Tees
  • Hill Holds Hartlepool For Labour

Many eyes both nationally and locally were on Hartlepool, where the Brexit Party were hoping to make a breakthrough.

The party's chairman, Richard Tice, was a candidate there.

ITV Tyne Tees' Gregg Easteal was at the count and described the scene before the declaration:

Hartlepool. A little place by the sea that's not afraid to make a splash. Not least back in 2002 when football mascot H'Angus the Monkey won the race to be the town's first elected mayor with a promise of free daily bananas for school children.

Greg Easteal, ITV Tyne Tees

In the end, despite a strong Brexit Party vote, Labour's Mike Hill held on to his seat.

  • Red Wall Continued To Fall

The shocks kept coming though the night.

Bishop Auckland, Redcar and Stockton South were taken by the Tories, all with huge swings against Labour.

ITV Tyne Tees' reporters were at the counts.

  • Mixed bag for Stockton Constituencies

Very early on in the night at the Stockton North and South counts at the Thornaby Pavilion it became clear this was a bad night for Labour.

Kris Jepson, ITV News
  • Blair's Former Constituency Sedgefield Turns Blue

One of the most symbolic defeats of the night was when Sedgefield was won by Conservative Paul Howell, with a majority of more than 4,000.

It was once the constituency of Tony Blair, the last Labour leader to take the party to election victory in 2005.

  • Shock Result In North West Durham For Labour's Laura Pidcock

The final shock in our region came in the North West Durham seat.

Incumbent Laura Pidcock had been tipped as a successor to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Instead, the seat as taken by Conservative Richard Holden who stated in his acceptance speech:

It marks a real change in British politics that the North East is backing the Conservative Party.

Richard Holden MP, North West Durham, Conservative
  • No Change In North Yorkshire

In North Yorkshire things have been much less dramatic.

No seats have changed hands.

One man tipped to play a big role in the new Conservative government is Rishi Sunak, who was Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the last Cabinet and played a high profile role in the party's election campaign.

He held his Richmond seat with a majority of more than 23,000.