Polls to open in Middlesbrough for by-election

Voters in Middlesbrough will go to the polls today in a by-election after the death of the town's MP Sir Stuart Bell.

Sir Stuart died at the age of 74 last month after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He had been Middlesbrough MP since 1983.

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Labour holds Middlesbrough

Labour has overwhelmingly held the seat of Middlesbrough with Andy McDonald elected the constituency's new MP with 10,201 votes. The by-election was called after the death of Sir Stuart Bell last month.