Labour has won the Rotherham by-election. Sarah Champion was elected as the town's newest MP in the early hours of this morning. She replaces Denis MacShane who resigned over his Parliamentary expenses. But it was also a good night for UKIP. Ben Erlam reports.
Sarah Champion, the new MP for Rotherham, has said the Labour Party took "nothing for granted" as it fought to retain the seat.
Ukip's candidate in the Rotherham by-election has declared that her party will have an MP elected "very soon".
Jane Collins came second behind Labour as she recorded Ukip's best ever by-election result, picking up a 21.79% share of the vote.
- Sarah Champion (Labour) 9,866 (46.25%, +1.62%)
- Jane Collins (Ukip) 4,648 (21.79%, +15.87%)
- Marlene Guest (BNP) 1,804 (8.46%, -1.96%)
- Yvonne Ridley (Respect) 1,778 (8.34%)
- Simon Wilson (Conservative) 1,157 (5.42%, -11.32%)
- David Wildgoose (English Democrats) 703 (3.30%)
- Simon Copley (Independent) 582 (2.73%, -3.58%)
- Michael Beckett (Liberal Democrats) 451 (2.11%, -13.87%)
- Ralph Dyson (TUSC) 261 (1.22%)
- Paul Dickson (Independent) 51 (0.24%)
- Clint Bristow 29 (0.14%)
Labour held onto Rotherham in a parliamentary by-election which saw a surge towards the UK Independence Party and disastrous results for both coalition parties.
Conservatives finished fifth behind not only Ukip but also the British National Party and Respect while Tory candidate Simon Wilson only held onto his deposit by a whisker. And LibDem Michael Beckett limped in eighth and lost his deposit, trailing behind the English Democrats and an Independent.
Labour's Sarah Champion won comfortably with 9,866 votes, a majority of 5,218 (24.46%) over Ukip. The party's majority in a seat it has held since 1933 was marginally down on the 27.9% it recorded in the 2010 general election.
With counting still underway in the Rotherham by-election, Ukip Leader Nigel Farage has told Calendar News: "Whatever happens this is a huge step forward".
Ballots have been verified and officials have announced the turnout in the Rotherham by-election is 33.89%.
Polling stations have closed in the Rotherham by-election and the counting of ballots will get underway shortly.
The contest was triggered by the resignation of Denis MacShane who stepped down after being condemned for wrongly claiming Parliamentary expenses.
11 candidates are fighting for the seat. The Labour Party is being tipped to retain it.
The result is expected to be declared at around 2am.