– Ukip candidate Richard Elvin
It's an absolutely fantastic result for UKIP. To come from nowhere to take 25% at its first attempt is absolutely stunning.
It's a message to all three mainstream parties that UKIP is the official opposition. We have proved that in Labour strongholds and we have done it again in South Shields
Labour have comfortably held the seat of South Shields after a by-election triggered by David Miliband standing down.