The Berwick constituency went blue for the first time in more than four decades as Tory Anne-Marie Trevelyan was declared the winner this afternoon.
The Conservative candidate, who took a large chunk out of incumbent Sir Alan Beith’s majority in 2010, secured 16,603 votes.
Liberal Democrat Sir Alan stepped down after serving since he was first elected at a by-election in 1973 and his successor Julie Pörksen could only manage second spot, winning 11,689 votes, after failing to halt the Conservative momentum.
Prior to election day, the pollsters still suggested the result was too close to call, but Ms Trevelyan’s win will not surprise many onlookers following her years campaigning for better broadband and the dualling of the A1, coupled with a series of high-profile visits to north Northumberland from the likes of the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and other Tory frontbenchers.
It also falls in line with the national trend of the Tories doing well at the expense of the Lib Dems.
Results from Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency in General Election 2015:
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Con): 16,603 votes (41.1% of the votes)
Julie Pörksen (Lib Dem): 11,689 votes (28.9%)
Scott Dickinson (Lab): 6,042 votes (14.9%)
Nigel Coghill-Marshall (Ukip): 4,513 votes (11.2%)
Rachael Roberts (Green): 1,488 votes (3.7%)
Neil Humphrey (English Democrats): 88 votes (0.2%)
Majority: 4,914 votes; 12.2%
Turnout: 40,501; 71.09% (+4.09%)
Results from the last General Election, in 2010:
Sir Alan Beith (Lib Dem): 16,806 votes (43.7% of the votes)
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Con): 14,116 votes (36.7%)
Alan Strickland (Lab): 5,061 votes (13.2%)
Mick Weatheritt (Ukip): 1,243 votes (3.2%)
Peter Mailer (BNP): 1,213 votes (3.2%)
Majority: 2,690 votes; 7.0% (-16.3%)
Turnout: 38,439; 67.0% (+3.7%)
Liberal Democrat hold. Swing -8.3%