The Liberal Democrats fell to seventh in the South Shields by-election with Emma Lewell-Buck retaining the seat for Labour.
Lewell-Buck became the first woman MP for the constituency with a majority 6,505, claiming more than 50 percent of the vote:
Independent candidate: 1,311
Independent Socialist Party: 750
Liberal Democrats: 352
Monster Raving Loony Party: 197
Independent Candidate: 57