It's a shame that Austin isn't standing as an independent as it would have gifted his old seat to the Tories. However, his majority was so tight that it's fair to say if they don't gain here, they'll not gain anywhere.
Dudley North general election 2017
Ian Austin (Lab) 18,090 (46.5%) +4.7%
Les Jones (Con) 18,068 (46.4%) +15.6%
Bill Etheridge (UKIP) 2,144 (5.5%) -18.5%
Ben France (Lib Dem) 368 (0.9%) -0.3%
Andrew Nixon (Green) 240 (0.6%) -0.7%