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."
More top news
A wet end to the month with a deluge of rain across much of southern Britain.
The most shocking finding is that 75 of 95 buildings found to have failed cladding fire safety standards were Category 3 failures.
Judges in the European Court of Human Rights have rejected a plea from the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard to intervene.