David Miliband, who triggered the South Shields contest when he decided to quit as an MP, congratulated Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck, who won the seat with a reduced majority of 6,505.
More top news
China has become Africa's biggest trading partner - but amid accusations of exploitation, all is not well in this remarkable partnership.
Liverpool have signed Sadio Mane from Southampton in a deal reportedly worth around £30 million, it has been announced.
A newborn baby girl has been killed by dogs after they attacked her while she was lying on a sofa.