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Labour: South Shields win is a 'really good solid result'

Hilary Benn MP for Labour told Daybreak he was "delighted" for Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck's win in South Shields.

Labour MP Hilary Benn "delighted" with South Shields result Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

He said: "It's a really good solid result."

UKIP pushed the Tories into third place, collecting 24.21% of the votes, Mr Benn added, "UKIP have clearly done very well, it's a part of protest and times are really tough."

Labour: Pickles should watch his language

The Shadow Communities Secretary Hilary Benn criticised Mr Pickles' choice of words after he warned that immigrants who fail to learn English "like a native" risk becoming part of an unemployable "sub-class":

Eric Pickles should be thinking of practical ways to ensure that anyone settling in this country is able to speak English rather than talking about sub-classes and ghettos.