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Labour wins South Shields vote

Labour have comfortably held the seat of South Shields after a by-election triggered by David Miliband standing down.

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Lib Dems fall to seventh in South Shields by-election

The Liberal Democrats fell to seventh in the South Shields by-election with Emma Lewell-Buck retaining the seat for Labour.

Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck makes a speech after winning the South Shields parliamentary by-election. Credit: Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lewell-Buck became the first woman MP for the constituency with a majority 6,505, claiming more than 50 percent of the vote:

Labour: 12,493

UKIP: 5,988

Conservatives: 2,857

Independent candidate: 1,311

Independent Socialist Party: 750

BNP: 711

Liberal Democrats: 352

Monster Raving Loony Party: 197

Independent Candidate: 57

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