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UKIP on warpath as Labour claim Oldham by-election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hit out strongly after Labour won a crushing victory in the by election for Oldham West and Royton.

Labour actually increased their share of the vote in the seat vacated by the death of veteran MP Michael Meacher. They won by more than ten thousand votes.

UKIP were a distant second - but their leader's come out fighting today. Nigel Farage blamed postal voting and mass immigration for his party's failure.

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McMahon: So proud of the Labour family and my town

Jim McMahon has tweeted to thank people for their support after securing victory for Labour in the Oldham by-election.

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Farage to make formal complaint over 'bent' by-election

Ukip leader Nigel Farage Credit: PA

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said his party will make a formal complaint after claiming the Oldham West and Royton by-election was "bent."

Mr Farage said he was not questioning Labour's victory, but denounced the electoral process as "bent" after claims that people had arrived at polling booths carrying bundles of postal votes.

He said the result raised questions about the conduct of elections in areas with large ethnic minority communities and claimed that in constituencies with large numbers of minority voters who do not speak English "effectively the electoral process is now dead".

"As a veteran of over 30 by-elections I have never seen such a perverse result. Serious questions need to be asked," Mr Farage said.

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Oldham West and Royton by-election results

The Oldham West and Royton by-election results were as follows:

  • Labour's Jim McMahon polled 17,322 votes with a majority of 10,837
  • Labour's share of the vote increased to 62.7% and there was a 2.39% swing from Ukip to Labour
  • Ukip's John Bickley came second on 6,487 votes
  • Tory James Daly was third with 2,596, 9.33% of the vote
  • Liberal Democrats lost their deposit after Jane Brophy secured 1,024 votes, a 3.68% share

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Jeremy Corbyn 'delighted' over by-election win

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he is "delighted" following news of the Oldham West and Royton by-election win.

I am delighted that Labour has not only won the Oldham West and Royton by-election - but increased our share of the vote since the general election in May.

Jim McMahon will make an excellent MP and a worthy successor to Michael Meacher, and I am looking forward to welcoming him to Labour’s team at Westminster.

By-elections can be difficult for the party holding the seat, and turnouts are often low. But to increase our share of the vote since the General Election is a vote of confidence in our party.

– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
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McMahon: 'Result Michael Meacher would be proud of'

McMahon: 'Result Michael Meacher would be proud of'. Credit: ITV News

Newly elected MP for Oldham West and Royton Jim McMahon said Labour has "delivered a result Michael Meacher would be proud of."

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Jim McMahon elected as new MP in Oldham West and Royton

Jim McMahon was elected by the voters in Oldham West and Royton as their new MP. Jim was elected with a majority of over 10,000 and a turnout of 40.2%.

I am delighted to have been elected tonight. Michael Meacher was a close friend of mine and he was admired by people across the country as someone who worked tirelessly for the causes he believed in. I will do my best to live up to those high standards.

My sole focus has always been on what is best for Oldham, I want to make our town a better place for my sons to grow up in and make it somewhere they can be proud of, my priority will always be Oldham.

– Jim McMahon
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