SUNDERLAND’S famously fast count will be slowed down this year, claims a bookmakers.
Sunderland City Council is pulling out all the stops again to ensure the city is the first to declare once more.
Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson was the first MP elected in 2010, winning for Labour with the result declared at 22:52.
But Sporting Index claims its research shows the result will be a full 16 minutes slower than in 2010, coming in at 23:08.
The bookmakers claims local council elections and a predicted higher turn out will slow the count.
However, there were also local elections in 2010.
Ed Fulton, political spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “The race to declare first is always hotly contested but no constituency has been able to get close to Sunderland South in decades.
“Politicians, pollsters, pundits and the public will be desperate to be put out of their misery, and will be urging Sunderland South to count ballots in record time. Once the first result is read out, the race to Number 10 will be truly underway.”