Labour easily holds Middlesbrough seat

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 following the death of Sir Stuart Bell.

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UKIP hails election surge

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hailed an election surge that saw the party take second place in two by-elections. Labour secured a clean sweep of poll victories in Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North.