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Labour sweeps to victory in Oldham by-election

Jeremy Corbyn hailed the Oldham by-election win as a "vote of confidence in our party" after Jim McMahon swept to victory for Labour.

McMahon secured a majority of more than 10,000 and an increased share of the vote in the by-election which was sparked by the death of long-standing MP Michael Meacher.

But Ukip leader Nigel Farage complained of a "bent" contest and said the party would file a formal complaint.

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Oldham West and Royton by-election results

The Oldham West and Royton by-election results were as follows:

  • Labour's Jim McMahon polled 17,322 votes with a majority of 10,837
  • Labour's share of the vote increased to 62.7% and there was a 2.39% swing from Ukip to Labour
  • Ukip's John Bickley came second on 6,487 votes
  • Tory James Daly was third with 2,596, 9.33% of the vote
  • Liberal Democrats lost their deposit after Jane Brophy secured 1,024 votes, a 3.68% share

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