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Rotherham by-election won by Sarah Champion for Labour

Labour has held the South Yorkshire seat of Rotherham in a parliamentary by-election with Sarah Champion becoming the constituency's first female MP.

Ms Champion, chief executive of the Bluebell Wood children's hospice, secured the seat with 9,866 votes.

UKIP's Jane Collins came second with 4,648 votes and the British National Party's Marlene Guest came third.

The by-election was called following the resignation of the former MP Denis MacShane on 2 November.

Ms Champion said the result "tells David Cameron what Rotherham thinks of the Tories".

  • 30 Nov 2012