South Shields By election 2013
South Shields By election
The by-election was caused by the resignation of David Miliband in order to take up a job in the USA as the head of International Rescue. Miliband announced his intention to resign on the 27th March and was appointed Steward of the Manor of Northstead on the 15th April, vacating his seat. The by-election was held on the 2nd May 2013, the same day as the local elections and was a comfortable Labour hold, with UKIP taking second place, not having previously contested the seat. The TV comedian Simon Brodkin originally announced his intention to contest the seat in the guise of his character "Lee Nelson", but withdrew his candidature after having had his nomination accepted, reportedly because impartiality rules would have prevented the BBC showing his television show during the campaign.
|Emma Lewell-Buck||(Labour)||12493||50.5% (-1.6%)|
|Richard Elvin||(UKIP)||5988||24.2% (n/a)|
|Karen Allen||(Conservative)||2857||11.5% (-10.1%)|
|Ahmed Khan||(Independent)||1331||5.4% (n/a)|
|Phil Brown||(Independent Socialist)||750||3% (n/a)|
|Dorothy Brooke||(BNP)||711||2.9% (-3.6%)|
|Hugh Annand||(Liberal Democrat)||352||1.4% (-12.8%)|
|Howling Laud Hope||(Loony)||197||0.8% (n/a)|
|Thomas Darwood||(Independent)||57||0.2% (n/a)|
Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour) Born 1978, South Shields. Educated at Northumbria University. Social worker. South Tyneside councillor since 2004.
Richard Elvin (UKIP) Former teacher. Runs a travel company. Contested Houghton and Sunderland South 2010, Middlesbrough 2012 by-election
Karen Allen (Conservative) Born South Shields. Educated at Harton Comprehensive School and Queen Mary University. Insurance broker. Contested South Shields 2010.
Ahmed Khan (Independent) Former South Tyneside councillor.
Phil Brown (Independent Socialist) Born South Shields. Nurse
Dorothy Brooke (BNP) Contested Tynemouth 2010.
Hugh Annand (Liberal Democrat) Translator. Contested Hertfordshire North East 2010
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) Real name Alan Hope. Born Mytchett. Publican. Leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party since 1999. Contested Teignbridge 1983, 1987, 1992, Aldershot 1997, Eddisbury by-election 1999, Kensington and Chelsea by-election 1999, Brent East by-election 2003, Hartlepool by-election 2004, Aldershot 2005, Blaenau Gwent by-election 2006, Sedgefield by-election 2007, Norwich North by-election 2009, Witney 2010, Barnsley Central 2011, Bradford West 2012, Manchester Central 2012, Eastleigh 2013
Thomas Darwood (Independent) Religious publisher. Contested Haltemprice and Howden by-election 2008, Barking 2010.