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Labour wins South Shields vote

Labour have comfortably held the seat of South Shields after a by-election triggered by David Miliband standing down.

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Lib Dems couldn't 'compete seriously' in South Shields

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has responded to election results after UKIP gained at least 88 county councillors, and the Liberal Democrats secured just 352 votes at South Shields.

Mr Clegg defended the result saying that the party was "on a journey" from being a "protest party" to a "government party".

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