Candidates announced for South Shields by-election
Nine candidates have announced they will be standing in the South Shields by-election.
It was called when David Miliband stepped down as MP, following his announcement last month he was moving to the US to work for a charity.
Labour has held the seat since 1935, most recently with a majority of more than 11,000.
The by-election will take place on 2 May, the same day as local elections across England.
Candidates (in alphabetical order):
Karen Allen - Conservative
Hugh Annand - Liberal Democrat
Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes - British National Party
Phil Brown - The Independent Socialist Party
Thomas Faithful Darwood - Independent
Richard Elvin - UK Independence Party
Howling Laud Hope - The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
Ahmed Khan - Independent
Emma Lewell-Buck - Labour
Lee Nelson - Independent (nomination withdrawn).