The maths does not look great for anyone except Labour in the rotten borough of South Shields, but then that’s what was said about Rotherham where UKIP managed to come second last year. A spokesman for the party was boisterous about their chances in the seat.
“UKIP expect the momentum that has been gathering over the past year to become apparent in South Shields, where we will be selecting a candidate who will work hard to highlight how the ordinary people of South Shields have been let down by the old three parties and Labour in particular. Those who want to send a message to both front beches know the best way to do it, and that is to vote UKIP.”
Sources in the party are hopeful of a second place: “it is well within our grasp”. And the bookies agree…
UPDATE: Keep an eye on John Tennant’s website. He works for UKIP MEP Derek Clark and fancies his chances as the candidate: