Sadiq Khan is widely expected to give Labour a glimmer of hope after a crushing blow as the Tories romped to victory in the Hartlepool by-election. Labour's Mr Khan is running for re-election, with polls in the final days of the campaign suggesting he has a firm lead over Shaun Bailey, his Conservative opponent. By 9.30pm on Friday, seven the 14 constituencies had declared, with Sadiq Khan having received 487,104 first preference votes (39 per cent) to Shaun Bailey's 462,837 (37 per cent). It has raised hopes among Tory supporters that the result could be closer than expected. Check back to this page throughout Friday and the weekend to see how the count is progressing.