Labour have held the South Shields seat with an overwhelming victory for Emma Lewell-Buck, while UKIP's Richard Elvin claimed a clear second ahead of the Conservative Party.
The Lib Dems have endured a horrendous result, trailing the BNP, the Independent Socialist Party and an independent candidate.
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