UKIP hails election surge

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hailed an election surge that saw the party take second place in two by-elections. Labour secured a clean sweep of poll victories in Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North.

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Miliband welcomes new MPs to Westminster

Ed Miliband has tweeted a picture of himself welcoming the three new Labour MPs to Westminster after the recent by-elections.

Ed Miliband tweeted this picture of himself outside Westminster with the three new Labour MPs Credit: Twitter/ @Ed_Miliband

The Labour leader said he was, 'very pleased,' to welcome Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham, Andrew McDonald, MP for Middlesbrough and Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North.


Dorries warns fellow Conservatives over UKIP 'threat'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who was suspended from her party whip after taking part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, has warned her colleagues to take UKIP seriously following its strong overnight by-election results.


Farage hails UKIP by-election success

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed his party's success in the three by-elections as its "most impressive result in Westminster elections so far".

Jane Collins' 21% in Rotherham was our best ever score and this is backed up by 11% in Middlesbrough and coming third in Croydon North. This follows our stunning result in Corby a few weeks ago.

The political establishment is just going to have to wake up to the fact that UKIP is here and here to stay as a significant and rising mainstream part of British politics.

– Nigel Farage

Labour's Reed sees off all challengers in Croydon North

Steve Reed's victory in Croydon North saw Labour enjoy a 7.99% swing from the Conservatives, whose candidate Andy Stranack came a distant second.

A total of 24,569 votes were cast from the constituency's 93,063 electorate.

A predicted challenge from Respect failed to materialise, as Lee Jasper - a former aide to ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone - claimed just 707 votes.

Here are the full results:

  • Steve Reed (Lab) 15,898 (64.71%, +8.69%)
  • Andy Stranack (Cons) 4,137 (16.84%, -7.28%)
  • Winston McKenzie (UKIP) 1,400 (5.70%, +3.97%)
  • Marisha Ray (Lib Dems) 860 (3.50%, -10.48%)
  • Shasha Islam Khan (Green) 855 (3.48%, +1.51%)
  • Lee Jasper (Respect) 707 (2.88%, +2.35%)
  • Stephen Hammond (CPA) 192 (0.78%)
  • Richard Edmonds (NF) 161 (0.66%)
  • Ben Stevenson (Comm) 119 (0.48%, +0.17%)
  • John Cartwright (Loony) 110 (0.45%)
  • Simon Lane (Nine eleven) 66 (0.27%)
  • Robin Smith (Young) 63 (0.26%)
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