Labour’s Alex Ballinger vowed to ‘deliver’ for his constituents after a crushing victory in Halesowen during a night of election drama.

The former soldier swept aside Conservative James Morris who had been the MP for the region since 2010.

As Labour made huge gains across the country Halesowen’s new MP, who captured a majority of 4,364 was keeping his thoughts local.

Mr Ballinger said: “My job now is to deliver for the constituents of Halesowen, to make this work to get working people back to being the number one priority for the country.”

James Morris polled 10,659 votes while Reform UK’s Jonathan Oakton was third with 8,484 votes.

Mr Ballinger says his win was down to a combination of national issues and a strong campaign in the constituency.

He said: “The Conservatives have delivered appallingly for the country over the last 14 years.

“Public services are failing and people have decided it is time for a change.

“We ran a really positive campaign in Halesowen talking about how we can deliver for people.”

He added he will be focusing on the NHS and tackling crime and added: “People have given us a vote of confidence, it is testament to the hard work of the Labour party in Halesowen, Dudley and the country.”

After Labour took all three seats which represent the majority of the borough of Dudley,  the Labour group leader on Dudley Council, Cllr Pete Lowe said: “This is an incredible and historic night beyond our wildest dreams.”

Despite Reform UK taking thousands of votes, Cllr Lowe believes there is only one other political party that helped Labour win in Halesowen.

He said: “If I could thank anybody it would be the Conservative Party for being inept at looking after the community and the economy.”