By contrast, Nigel Farage’s comment can only be described as being in poor taste.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has hailed a “vote of confidence” in his party after it comfortably held the Oldham West and Royton seat in a by-election.
Its candidate Jim McMahon secured a 10,835-vote majority from UKIP’s John Bickley, and a 62% vote share that was higher than at the general election.
UKIP’s Nigel Farage called the result “perverse” and said there had been reports the postal vote was rigged.
The Conservatives came third, with their vote share down by almost 10%.
The by-election was triggered by the death of long-serving Labour MP Michael Meacher.
Mr McMahon said he had “delivered a result that Michael would be proud of”.
Labour was defending a 14,738 majority from the general election.
While its total majority was lower this time around, it ended up with a higher vote share as the turnout – just over 40% – was lower than at May’s poll.
The full result
Jim McMahon (Labour) – 17,209 (62.11%)
John Bickley (UKIP) – 6,487 (23.41%)
James Daly (Conservative) – 2,596 (9.37%)
Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrat) – 1,024 (3.70%)
Simeon Hart (Green Party) – 249 (0.90%)
Sir Oink A-Lot (Monster Raving Loony) – 141 (0.51%)
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