The South Shields By-Election of 2013 should have been a walk over for Labour. It was a safe Labour seat and they chose a popular local candidate. But the campaign turned out to be a hard fought, close contest with new kids on the block UKIP giving Labour a real run for their money.
The shock result of the Eastliegh By election of 2013 gave a massive boost to UKIP, and a blow to the Conservatives. This is a gripping account of the Eastleigh Parliamentary By-Election written by an experienced observer of Parliamentary By-Elections who charts the rise, and fall, of the different parties. .