Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy has poked fun at the Liberal Democrats after the party's humiliating performance in the South Shields by-election.
Respite for Clegg as Lib Dems humiliate the Monster Raving Loony Party into a sorry 8th place by trouncing them by 154 votes. #southshields
Thank you #southshields. So proud to be your new MP. And so proud to make history as the 1st woman MP for the constituency.
Labour winner Emma Lewell-Buck, a married social worker, was cheered by supporters as she became the first female MP in South Shields.
From the podium, she said:
I will help get people back to work, champion our wonderful town and never give the Tory Government one moment's peace.
– Ukip candidate Richard Elvin
It's an absolutely fantastic result for UKIP. To come from nowhere to take 25% at its first attempt is absolutely stunning.
It's a message to all three mainstream parties that UKIP is the official opposition. We have proved that in Labour strongholds and we have done it again in South Shields
UKIP's second place finish in South Shields saw them claim 24.21% of the vote in the constituency, having not contested the seat in the last General Election.
By contrast, the vote of all three main parties fell - though only moderately for Labour.
The Conservatives saw their vote drop by 10.04%, down to 11.55% overall, while the Liberal Democrats - who finished third in 2010 - tumbled 12.79% to just 1.42% of the vote.
Newly-installed MP Emma Lewell-Buck claimed 50.51% of the constituency's vote, a drop of 1.51% from the vote share commanded by her predecessor David Miliband.
Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck has won the South Shields parliamentary by-election, with the United Kingdom Independence Party's Richard Elvin coming second.
- Emma Lewell-Buck, Labour - 12,493
- Richard Elvin, UKIP - 5,988
- Karen Allen, Conservatives - 2,857
- Ahmed Khan, Independent candidate - 1,311
- Phil Brown, Independent Socialist Party - 750
- Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes, BNP - 711
- Hugh Annand, Lib Dems - 352
- Howling Laud Hope, Monster Raving Loony Party - 197
- Thomas Darwood, Independent candidate - 57
The result gives Labour a majority of 6,505 after claiming over 50 per cent of the vote.
Electorate 62,979; turnout 24,736 (39.28%, -18.42%).
Labour have held the South Shields seat with an overwhelming victory for Emma Lewell-Buck, while UKIP's Richard Elvin claimed a clear second ahead of the Conservative Party.
The Lib Dems have endured a horrendous result, trailing the BNP, the Independent Socialist Party and an independent candidate.
We are expecting the South Shields by-election result within 20-30 minutes.