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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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UKIP candidate hails 'absolutely stunning' result

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

– Ukip candidate Richard Elvin

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