Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Opposition, speaking in Barnsley this morning, said:
“This is a fantastic result – another step on the road to regaining the trust of the British people.
“Nick Clegg and David Cameron may have run away from the people of Barnsley but they cannot hide from the message of last night’s by-election.
“After less than 10 months of this Conservative-led Government the people of Barnsley have made clear that they are fed up with what they are doing to our country: squeezing living standards, betraying the hopes of young people and destroying the institutions we value most from local libraries to the NHS.
“Labour is the only progressive alternative to this Conservative-led Government and I urge people to join us or work with us to change the direction of this country.”