UKIP's John Bickley has returned a record by-election result for UKIP in Heywood and Middleton to come second to incumbent Labour.
John's amazing 39% was built on just 3% of the vote the party won in the 2010 General Election, an increase of 36% and was firm evidence that UKIP has made tremendous inroads into Labour heartland with its message of standing up for ordinary working people.
The Labour hierarchy was rocked by UKIP's performance and won by only 617 votes, with 41% of the 28,515 of total votes cast.
The Conservatives were thrashed into third place with just 12%, dropping 15%, while the Lib Dems scraped through to save their deposit with a paltry 5%, down 18% on 2010.
Heywood and Middleton Results
Labour Liz McInnes, 11,633 (41%)
UKIP John Bickley, 11,016 (39%)
Conservatives Ian Gartside, 3,496 (12%)
Lib Dems Anthony Smith, 1,457 (5%)
Green Abi Jackson, 870 (3%)