Professor John Curtice wrote:A clutch of a half dozen results from Sunderland and Newcastle are beginning to suggest a consistent pattern whereby Labour's vote is up on 2015 but is down on both 2012 and 2011. If this proves to be typical of the night then Labour will indeed end up with net losses of seats. However, a key story tonight could be the performance of UKIP who have so far secured an average of 22% of the vote in four wards in which they stood in the north east.
Can you imagine how noisy the Phippers will be with that share of the vote? Hopefully that will not translate across the other regions