Gareth Snell for Labour is new elected MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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Gareth Snell has officially become Stoke-on-Trent Central’s new MP following last night’s by-election.

The Labour candidate beat his nearest rival, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall, by more than 2,000 votes.

Labour has held the seat Stoke Central for 67 years since its creation.

Mr Snell said: “For democracy to work it needs the support of dedicated public servants and here in Stoke-on-Trent we can be proud to have some of the most dedicated in the country.

“I feel profoundly humbled to have been elected as the member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central.

“I am proud to call the Potteries my home.

“A city dubbed by some the capital of Brexit has once again proved to the world we are so much more than that.”

Mr Nuttall congratulated his Labour opponent but said that UKIP “will go on and have success in the future”.

The turnout for the Stoke Central by-election was 38.16%.

Here is a breakdown of last night’s results:

Labour: Gareth Snell – 7,854 votes = 37.1%

UKIP: Paul Nuttall – 5,233 votes = 24.7%

Conservatives: Jack Brereton – 5,154 votes  = 24.3%

Lib Dems: Zulfiqar Ali – 2,083 = 24.3%

Green Party: Adam Colclough – 294 = 1.4%

Independent: Barbara Fielding – 137 = 0.6%

Monster Raving Loony Party: Nick ‘The Incredible Flying Brick’ – 127 votes = 0.6%

British National Party: David Furness – 124 votes = 0.6%

Christians People’s Alliance: Godfrey Davies – 109 votes = 0.5%

Independent: Mohammad Akram – 56 votes = 0.3%

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