This first result of the 2010 British General Election has been announced, as Houghton & Sunderland South continued their recent tradition of being the first ward to declare.
Labour have held the constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South with a 50.4% share of the 38,021 who cast their vote.
The results went as follows:
- Bridget Phillipson – Labour – 19,137
- Robert Oliver – Conservative – 8,147
- Chris Boyle – Liberal Democrat – 5,292
- Colin Wakefield – Independent – 2,462
- Karen Allen – British National Party – 1,961
- Richard Elvin – UK Independence Party – 1,022
Though the Labour candidate, 26 year old Bridget Phillipson took over 50% of the vote, this is estimated to be a fall of 12% of the popular vote from the 2005 election. The Conservative vote rose by 5%, while the Independent candidate Colin Wakefield took the most votes from the Labour candidate.