BBC News - South Shields by-election: Labour retain seat as UKIP finish second Labour have won the South Shields parliamentary by-election, retaining a seat they have held since 1935. Labour saw their majority drop to just under 5,000 in Thursday's poll as The UK Independence Party finished second, with a 24% share of the vote. The Conservatives were pushed into third while their Liberal Democrat coalition partners finished seventh. The contest was triggered by the resignation of former Labour foreign secretary David Miliband as an MP. Counting is under way in a series of council elections in England, where polls were also held on Thursday. With the limp Dems coming seventh and losing their deposit is this going to be a big in road to mainline politics for UKIP?