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 Dem president: South Shields result is 'shocking'

Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron pictured at the 2011 party conference Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron has described the result in South Shields as "shocking" for his party, but insisted the outcome did not represent the whole picture.

Mr Farron told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:"The Westminster battlegrounds are where it is at and for the Lib Dems, South Shields is one extreme where we have got little strength on the ground and have been obliterated.

"Then you look at other places like Cheltenham, Taunton, Eastbourne, hopefully west London, places like West Dorset where we have got to win at the next election where we are doing extremely well.

"Most of our battles are against the Tories and against the Tories we are doing very well."

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

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."

Lib Dems: We are doing well in our own territories

Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Simon Hughes has congratulated Labour on their South Shields win.

Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Simon Hughes Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

The Lib Dems came seventh place in the by-election, speaking to Daybreak Mr Hughes said, "the Tories were always the challengers and they've been knocked out by UKIP."

He added: "We appear to be doing well in our territory and not giving that up."


Labour: South Shields win is a 'really good solid result'

Hilary Benn MP for Labour told Daybreak he was "delighted" for Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck's win in South Shields.

Labour MP Hilary Benn "delighted" with South Shields result Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

He said: "It's a really good solid result."

UKIP pushed the Tories into third place, collecting 24.21% of the votes, Mr Benn added, "UKIP have clearly done very well, it's a part of protest and times are really tough."

South Shields result was 'appalling' says Lembit Opik

Former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik described the South Shields result as "appalling" and demanded a "credible explanation from Nick Clegg regarding the recovery strategy".

The Lib Dems secured just 352 votes.

Mr Opik lost his Montgomeryshire seat in 2010.

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