Labour has won the South Shields parliamentary by-election, retaining a seat it has held since 1935. It saw its majority reduced in Thursday's poll as the UK Independence Party finished a clear second, with a 24% share of the total vote. The Conservatives were pushed into third while their Liberal Democrat coalition partners finished seventh. ... UKIP candidate Richard Elvin came second with 5,988 votes.
The party, which did not even stand in the constituency in the last general election, won 24% of the vote, marginally lower than its record 28% vote share in March's by-election in Eastleigh, Hampshire, when it also came second. UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttall said the performance, which came on the heels of strong showings in other by-elections in the north of England last year, proved it was on "an upward trajectory" and the party's appeal spread across the country."UKIP is here and it is here to stay," he told the BBC. And he claimed it would not be long before his party had its first MP elected. "We have been knocking on the door of Westminster for the past two years. I predict very soon that we will kick that door in," he said.THERE IS NOW REAL HOPE FOR BRITAIN!