From Coffee house:

The first result of the night is in, and Labour hold Houghton and Sunderland South. Bridgit Philipson wins with 19,137 votes (over 50 percent). The Tories are in second with 8,147 votes (21 percent).  The swing to the Tories, from the last election, is 8.4 percent - over the total that they need nationally for a majority.

Lucas advises:

Not much to read into this, as it appears a lot of the swing is due to the independent candidate who ran on local issues.

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