Tees Valley Mayoral result suggests Tory gains in the general election

I have to say that I was surprised when I heard that Ben Houchen had been elected as the new Mayor of the Tees Valley. Surprised, but very pleased. When you consider that this area covers Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, and Darlington, it points the way to Conservative gains in Darlington and Hartlepool in the general election. I have previously called those seats as Conservative gains. I now think they are nailed on certainties.



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