LABOUR today held onto Rotherham in the parliamentary by-election which gave the town it’s first female MP - a delighted Sarah Champion, writes Graham Walker.
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The election also saw a surge of votes towards the UK Independence Party and disastrous results for both coalition parties.
The poll was triggered by the resignation of former Labour minister Denis MacShane over dishonest expenses claims.
Ms Champion, formerly chief executive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, won with a 5,218 majority.
Second-place were UKIP, but the Lib Dems lost their deposit and the Tories narrowly avoided a similar fate, finishin fifth, also behind the British National Party and Respect.
Labour’s majority, in a seat it has held since 1933, was marginally down on the 27.9% it recorded in the 2010 general election.
But Labour was today celebrating a clean sweep in two other parliamentary by-elections, in Middlesbrough and Croydon North.
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