LABOUR candidate Dan Jarvis cruised to a resounding victory as the Liberal Democrats were relegated to a humiliating sixth place in the Barnsley Central by-election today, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
The by-election was caused by the resignation of Eric Illsley, the Labour MP who was jailed for 12 months in February for expenses fraud.
But Labour increased their majority by 13.53 per cent, to 60.8 per cent and winning with 14,724 votes.
In a dire result for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. the Sheffield Hallam MP, the Liberal Democrats lost 13.1 per cent of their vote, with candidate Dominic Carman pooling getting just 1,012 votes.
Mr Carman lost his deposit, securing a meagre 4.18 per cent of the vote. The Lib Dem vote share last May was 17.28 per cent.
He said: “The voters here in Barnsley have given me and the Liberal Democrats a kicking. We can take it.”
Having come second in last year’s general election, the Lib Dems were overtaken by the Tories, the UK Independence Party (Ukip), the British National Party and an independent.
It was a good result for the anti-Brussels UKIP, who came second, with candidate Jane Collins getting almost 3,000 votes.
In a major reverse the for the Tories as well, their vote share fell from 17.26 per cent last year to 8.25 per cent for candidate James Hockney.
But the night belonged to Labour candidate Dan Jarvis who cruised to a resounding victory - as expected in what is one of Labour’s safest seats.
Mr Jarvis increased Labour’s vote share from 47.26% to 60.8%, giving party leader Ed Miliband a boost.
Ukip, which came fifth last year, saw their share of the vote surge from 4.67 per cent to 12.19 per cent for their candidate Jane Collins.
The BNP came fourth - the same position as last May - but with a smaller share of the vote.
Turnout was a low 36.5 per cent.
Dan Jarvis (Lab) 14,724 (60.80%, +13.53%)
Jane Collins (UKIP) 2,953 (12.19%, +7.53%)
James Hockney (C) 1,999 (8.25%, -9.01%)
Enis Dalton (BNP) 1,463 (6.04%, -2.90%)
Tony Devoy (Ind) 1,266 (5.23%, +3.58%)
Dominic Carman (LD) 1,012 (4.18%, -13.10%)
Kevin Riddiough (Eng Dem) 544 (2.25%)
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 198 (0.82%)
Michael Val Davies (Ind) 60 (0.25%)
Lab maj 11,771 (48.60%)
3.00% swing UKIP to Lab
Electorate 65,461; Turnout 24,219 (37.00%, -19.46%)
2010: Lab maj 11,093 (29.98%) - Turnout 37,001 (56.45%)
Illsley (Lab) 17,487 (47.26%); Wiggin (LD) 6,394 (17.28%); Tempest
(C) 6,388 (17.26%); Sutton (BNP) 3,307 (8.94%); Silver (UKIP) 1,727
(4.67%); Wood (Ind) 732 (1.98%); Devoy (Ind) 610 (1.65%); Robinson
(Soc Lab) 356 (0.96%)