The Conservative Party has gained a seat in Stoke-on-Trent for the first time in more than 80 years.
Born and bred Stokie Jack Brereton, who is also a city councillor, won the Stoke South seat with a majority of 663 over Labour’s Rob Flello.
Jack polled 20,451 votes to Labour’s 19,788.
Jack said: “People locally have said that Labour doesn’t represent them any more. We’ve seen so many people on the doorstep who’ve said they’re switching from Labour this time. This area voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU and Brexit has been a massive issue in this election. Now we’ve got to make sure we deliver a successful Brexit and deliver for our country”
Conservatives also dramatically increased their share of the vote in Stoke North & Stoke Central.
Ben Adams in Stoke North gained 18,913 votes, leaving Labour with only a 2,359 majority, the smallest ever seen in the Stoke North. There was 17.9% increase in the Conservative vote across Kidsgrove, Tunstall & Burslem.
Daniel Jellyman in Stoke Central gained 13,186 votes, which saw the Conservatives taking second place in the constituency for the first time in 16 years. Daniel increased the vote by 17.2%, gaining more votes than any other Conservative candidate that has stood in Stoke Central.