UKIP has never stood in South Shields before and there wasn't even a branch there when the by-election was called yet despite having to start from scratch we have finished a very strong second, once again the only party capable of giving the incumbent LibLabCon parties a run for their money.
Labour's majority has been squeezed by almost half whilst UKIP's share of the vote has gone from nothing to 24%. The Tories crashed, taking less than 5% and losing their deposit whilst the dead duck Lib Dems came a lowly 7th place behind an independent, the Independent Socialist Party and the BNP. Just 155 votes separated the Lib Dems and the Monster Raving Loony Party.
This is a fantastic result and UKIP's candidate, Richard Elvin and the team that supported him should be immensely proud of another amazing performance with the odds stacked massively against them.
|Richard Elvin||UK Independence Party||5,988|
|Phil Brown||Independent Socialist Party||750|
|Lady Dorothy Macbeth Brookes||BNP||711|
|Hugh Annand||Liberal Democrats||352|
|Howling Laud Hope||The Official Monster Raving Loony Party||197|
|Thomas Faithful Darwood||Independent||57|