The first results are rolling in, and so far the spoils belong to Labour.
Rapid counting in Houghton and Sunderland South means the seat was decided shortly before 11pm.
The results in full:
Here’s how Twitter reacted….
Such a poor turnout in Houghton and Sunderland South though, 56.3% is dreadful.
— John Dineen 🇮🇪🇪🇺 (@johnmdineen) May 7, 2015
Well done all at Houghton and Sunderland South for being once again the first vote declared.
— Northern Lights MCC (@nl_mcc) May 7, 2015
— Fawcett Society (@fawcettsociety) May 7, 2015
Houghton and Sunderland South – swing from Lab to UKIP of 7% #GE2015
— Pia Talbot (@piatalbot) May 7, 2015