- Tyne Tees
"UKIP did make inroads but ultimately the people of South Shields have spoken and they want a Labour MP.
"I have seen how people live under a Coalition Government and are really struggling, and I want to make a difference."
Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck has made history tonight after becoming the first female MP in South Shields.
Results for local council ballots will be keenly studied in Westminster for pointers towards the 2015 general election.