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.
Jim McMahon has tweeted to thank people for their support after securing victory for Labour in the Oldham by-election.
So proud of the Labour family and my town. Thank you so much for all your support and I'll work hard to repay the trust you've shown in me.
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.
New Labour MP Jim McMahon who won yesterday's by-election in Oldham West and Royton, following the death of Michael Meacher, says the party's win is down to its positive campaign.
Jeremy Corbyn hailed the Oldham by-election win as a "vote of confidence in our party" as Jim McMahon held the seat for Labour.Read the full story ›
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
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.
Newly elected MP for Oldham West and Royton Jim McMahon said Labour has "delivered a result Michael Meacher would be proud of."
Jim McMahon: 'we've delivered a result Michael Meacher would be proud of.'
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.
Labour win the Oldham West and Royton by-election.