UKIP's second place finish in South Shields saw them claim 24.21% of the vote in the constituency, having not contested the seat in the last General Election.
By contrast, the vote of all three main parties fell - though only moderately for Labour.
The Conservatives saw their vote drop by 10.04%, down to 11.55% overall, while the Liberal Democrats - who finished third in 2010 - tumbled 12.79% to just 1.42% of the vote.
Newly-installed MP Emma Lewell-Buck claimed 50.51% of the constituency's vote, a drop of 1.51% from the vote share commanded by her predecessor David Miliband.
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