First to declare again – Labour hold Houghton and Sunderland South as Bridget Phillipson becomes country’s first MP

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SUNDERLAND has once again won the race to declare the first result of Election Night as Labour safely holds the Houghton and Sunderland South seat.

Bridget Phillipson became the country’s first elected MP as Sunderland’s election team won the race to declare first for the sixth time in a row.

Labour's Bridget Phillipson of Houghton and Sunderlnd South was declared at 10.48pm  tonight.

Labour's Bridget Phillipson of Houghton and Sunderlnd South was declared at 10.48pm tonight.

She won with 21,218 votes, up 4.7 per cent on her 2010 figure.

Ukip’s Richard Elvin polled 8,280, pushing Conservatives candidate Stewart Hay into third place with 7,105 votes.

Ms Phillipson said voters “have put their faith in Labour’s belief that Britain only succeeds when working people succeed too.

“The Tories have failed people here and across Britain.”

Labour's Bridget Phillipson of Houghton and Sunderlnd South was declared at 10.48pm  tonight.

Labour's Bridget Phillipson of Houghton and Sunderlnd South was declared at 10.48pm tonight.

The Greens came next with 1,095, pushing the Lib Dems into last place – down 12 per cent with just 791 votes.

Sunderland is also expected to declare the next two results before any other constituency.

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