Hilary Benn MP for Labour told Daybreak he was "delighted" for Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck's win in South Shields.
He said: "It's a really good solid result."
UKIP pushed the Tories into third place, collecting 24.21% of the votes, Mr Benn added, "UKIP have clearly done very well, it's a part of protest and times are really tough."
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