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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Nigel Farage: Numerically, we're the third party

UKIP leader Nigel Farage told Daybreak that today's result in South Shields was "remarkable".

UKIP leader Nigel Farage Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

He said: "People haven't seen us as being relevant for local elections, or in some ways general elections, so for us to be scoring at least 26% of the vote where we stand is, I think, very significant indeed."

When asked about whether the party had now entered a four-party race, Mr Farage replied: "Numerically we're the third [party] because the Lib Dems are trailing behind."

He added: "This wave of protests certainly isn't short term, it's lasting."

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