South Shields by-election: Labour wins as UKIP makes big gains


Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck: "I am absolutely ecstatic"

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.

Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck said she was "absolutely ecstatic" about her by-election victory.

The South Shields contest was triggered by the resignation of former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband as an MP.

UKIP also made significant gains in county council elections in England.

'Here to stay'

Ms Lewell-Buck argued that the result showed Labour was connecting with voters and the coalition government was taking the country in the "wrong direction".

As the result was announced, she said: "Mr Cameron, when working families needed a government on their side, you made them pay for a tax cut for millionaires.

"When our young people needed jobs, you gave them a shrinking economy, and when the most vulnerable people in our society were really struggling you gave them the bedroom tax."

Ms Lewell-Buck added: "I will help get people back to work, champion our wonderful town and never give the Tory government one moment's peace."

However, her majority of 6,505 - on a turnout of 39.2% - was significantly down on the 11,109 achieved by Mr Miliband three years ago.


  • Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour) 12,493 votes
  • Richard Elvin (UK Independence Party) 5,988 votes
  • Karen Allen (Conservatives) 2,857 votes
  • Ahmed Khan (Independent) 1,331 votes
  • Phil Brown (Independent Socialist Party) 750 votes
  • Lady Dorothy Macbeth Brookes (BNP) 711 votes
  • Hugh Annand (Liberal Democrats) 352 votes
  • Howling Laud Hope (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party) 197 votes
  • Thomas Faithful Darwood (Independent) 57 votes

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.

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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.


The Conservatives came third with 2,857 votes, 5,000 fewer than they received in 2010 and it was an even more miserable night for the Lib Dems, who were beaten into seventh, getting fewer votes than the BNP and two independent candidates.

The party lost its deposit, having secured less than 5% of the total votes cast.

Its candidate Hugh Annand said the result was "extremely disappointing but perhaps not surprising" given that the Lib Dems were in government and having to take tough decisions.

He told the BBC that some supporters had not adjusted to the degree of compromise required in coalition and those wishing to register a protest vote had gone elsewhere.

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall said his party is "going places"

"We have disappointed and angered some people who have supported us in the past," he said.

Former Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik, a frequent critic of party leader Nick Clegg, described the result as "appalling" and said party members "deserve to know how this electoral crisis will be fixed".

But the party's deputy leader Simon Hughes said: "Let me congratulate the Labour winner in South Shields, the first woman MP for South Shields, which is progress.

"This has been a Labour seat since it was created, certainly for years and years and years, and it's not a place where we had presence."

In the county council elections which coincided with the by-election, Conservative and Lib Dem vote share was significantly down, with UKIP and Labour the chief beneficiaries.

South Shields by-election result in full:
  • Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour): 12,493 (50.51%, -1.51%)
  • Richard Elvin (UK Independence Party): 5,988 (24.21%)
  • Karen Allen (Conservative): 2,857 (11.55%, -10.04%)
  • Ahmed Khan (Independent): 1,331 (5.38%)
  • Phil Brown (Independent Socialist): 750 (3.03%)
  • Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes (BNP): 711 (2.87%, -3.65%)
  • Hugh Annand (Liberal Democrat): 352 (1.42%, -12.79%)
  • Howling Laud Hope (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party): 197 (0.80%)
  • Thomas Darwood (Independent): 57 (0.23%)

Labour majority: 6,505 (26.30%), down from 11,109 (30.42%) in 2010

Electorate 62,979; Turnout 24,736 (39.28%, -18.42%), down from 36,518 (57.70%) in 2010



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    Comment number 649.

    182.Paul Henry

    Hello UKIP, goodbye EU and human rights? What a terrifying prospect that is. Beware Farage, beware the EDL, beware creeping racism and fascism. And wake up to the calculated and cynical scapegoating and demonisation of immigrants and Islam. We live in dangerous times.

    Yes I have been watching the courts Scapegoat them all month. what a odd comment. yes Dangerous indeed

  • rate this

    Comment number 648.

    Tory, Labour, Lib dem are all the same. An exclusive elite, drinking together in their tax free bar. The people want change. They want their country back. They don't want to see wave after wave of invading immigrants annexing parts of the UK into districts of foreign lands. They don't want politicians meekly agreeing to everything the EU tells them to do. I will vote UK too when I get the chance.

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    Comment number 647.

    Several commentators have raised the possibility that come the General Election the Conservatives potentially could form a Coalition government with UKIP.

    This is quite a frightening thought as everyone's vote for a 'so-called' real alternative would be completely lost and to many be a fraud as UKIP would effectively merge with the Tory's and take power.

  • Comment number 646.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 645.

    Labour is hated, we are not naive enough to accept their spending attitude when so deeply in debt, bar the takers.
    Cons have the right general attitude financially, cutting. But have destroyed themselves allowing planning on any green field site and daft HS2. Wrong over foreign aid, interest rates, house subsidies.
    LibDims, immoral, for 'fair' votes but not constituencies sizes, for Lords rigging.

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    Comment number 644.

    531.Knut Largerson - "When the BNP pull in more votes than the Liberal Democrats there's something wrong with the Country."

    Or to be more precise, something wrong with the Lib Dems.

    Perhaps we are now seeing that, apart from the SW, the Lib Dems were traditionally a 'protest vote', so now they are in coalition a new 'protest' is needed? Either way not really 'the big three' anymore is it?

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    Comment number 643.

    take a look at the from benches in parliament. All the same boring, career, establishment politicians. Hardly any of them have had a proper job in their lives and they have no clue the hardships the public have to endure. The Tories are a bunch of posh old Etonians, Labour opened the immigration floodgates and bankrupt this once fine Country. In the words of Obama - time for change, time for UKIP.

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    Comment number 642.

    Please can we have?

    Option 1 - NONE OF THE ABOVE option

    Option 2 - Turn out minimum limit of 50%

    Option 1 wins, people on the ballot paper should be banned from standing again for 5 years and the election for that position should be rerun until ‘The People’ pick a person that represents them.

    If Option 2 then the same as Option 1

    That would create a democracy.

    So it won’t happen.

  • rate this

    Comment number 641.

    LibLabCon are the real 3 monkeys, hear not, see not, speak not... to hear these people keep banging on about protest votes and that UKIP use emotive language about the issues we face makes me sick, they dare not deal with the issues or should I say cannot in a grown up way, I used to vote Con but not again.

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    Comment number 640.

    I am sad to see the demise of the Lib/Dems.

    I voted Lib..Lib/Dem for 30 yrs but ceased to do so when Paddy Ashdown stood down...and the 'realworld' went of the window.

    The Lib/Dems have 'stuck to their guns' and refused to discuss the impact of immigration on this country & community...When you DO NOT LISTEN to what you hear daily on the is time to get out of politics.

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    Comment number 639.

    UKIP did not receive enough votes to send a message to the establishment. They know thay can carry on with business as usual. Things that won't be affected by this result: Inward migration levels, wage/salary suppression arising from inward migration levels, plans for 'Mode 4' immigration from India and the Dave's refusal to reimpose transitional controls on Bulgaria/Romania.

  • rate this

    Comment number 638.

    I wonder what the result would have been if there was an option for none of the above?

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    Comment number 637.

    People now have a credible receptacle for legitimate concerns.
    The 3 main parties are now in deep trouble.

    The Lib Dems have no narrative whatsoever, old Labour voters are finally realising that Labour do not represent their interests and UKIP sound like Tories used to.

    Putting your fingers in your ears and screaming racist, fascist or clowns does not cut it Cameron, Miliband and Clegg.

  • rate this

    Comment number 636.

    560 "What's happening to its traditional values of tolerance and inclusion?" - Labour destroyed them by throwing open the borders, housing immigrants before tax payers and creating a benefit addicted underclass. People are sick of meaningless platitudes about "inclusion" used to end debate and keep the tax flowing, if you've paid tax ax all your life you should come first.

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    Comment number 635.

    Now a very clear message has been sent to ignorant, arrogant, self-serving career Politicians that you cannot run this country to suit yourselves and that of your crony friends.

    Immigration is out of control - you did not listen and shamed anyone that spoke out - YOU are now shamed. The people of the UK are disgusted with you and that has now been shown in the ballot boxes.

  • rate this

    Comment number 634.

    It probably not reach the point of no return yet since there are still time until the next election. The government needs to listen to the people and change course accordingly or else it is going to lose power to some other parties like UKIP. Why not propose a referendum of EU withdraw at the same time as Scotland vote for independence - a vote for a new beginning for all of us?

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    Comment number 633.

    I have just got back home after a week in Japan. What a return !
    What I did learn from my hosts is that the Japanese government do not encourage immigration. Not done them any harm has it!!The British people have said to our lot enough is enough. Get it sorted Tories, Labour, LibDems or ship out! UKIP will hammer the lot of them come 2015.

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    Comment number 632.

    I believe people are voting in the hope another party can resolve the current financial situation without another thought as to how?

    The vast debt that Labour left this country with must be addresses first; regardless of who is in government.

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    Comment number 631.

    Interesting to see many voting UKIP on just a couple of issues, ignoring the stance on single level taxation. I agree that this does seem to be primarily a protest vote, because no one seems to be able to tell me what UKIP stands for on any issues other than the EU and immigration! This is dangerous voting, emotive and not well educated. We've seen what that results in, and it is very scary.

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    Comment number 630.

    So are you watching the way the German financial planners are taking over in Southern Europe. There are more weapons than guns and tanks you know.


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