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Ukip choose the man who came second in Middlesbrough
It is being reported that Ukip have become the first of the major contenders to choose their candidate for the South Shields by-election, due next month.
He’s Richard Elvin who lives just 14 miles away so is not too far off being a local.
Looking at a short TV interview he comes over as being credible – though he’s not a Diane James.
Even though Ukip has the momentum with it he’ll face a massive challenge in the solid LAB stronghold which was David Miliband’s seat.
The best you can get on Ukip winning is 16/1 from Ladbrokes.
Labour is due to select on Wednesday and the hot favourite is a local councillor.
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