South Shields by-election

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South Shields result was 'appalling' says Lembit Opik

Former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik described the South Shields result as "appalling" and demanded a "credible explanation from Nick Clegg regarding the recovery strategy".

The Lib Dems secured just 352 votes.

Mr Opik lost his Montgomeryshire seat in 2010.

Richard Elvin: UKIP's position is " a message to all three mainstream parties"

UKIP Richard says says coming second is "a message to all three mainstream parties".

UKIP's candidate Richard Elvin says coming second is "a message to all three mainstream parties that UKIP is the official opposition".

Speaking after the results, he said: "It's an absolutely fantastic result for UKIP. To come from nowhere to take 25 per cent 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."

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