VIDEO: Michael Dugher backs Ed Miliband after keeping Barnsley East seat

Michael Dugher has retained his seat in Barnsley East, confirming expectations for the safe Labour seat.

The shadow transport secretary, who won by a majority of 11,090 in 2010, has kept the seat once more.

Michael Dugher celebrates his victory in Barnsley.

Michael Dugher celebrates his victory in Barnsley.

He secured 21,079 votes for a 54.7 per cent share, eahd of UKIP’s Robert Swiffen with 9,045 and 23.5 per cent.

In his victory speech, Mr Dugher thanked his parents, who brought him up in a ‘pit village’ which led to his parliamentary career.

He said: “I feel very proud to have been re-elected by the people of Barnsley East. 
“It’s also a very humbling experience when you get more than 20,000 people voting for you.

“You have to remember who put you there and that’s what I’ll do day in day out for the next five years.

“Clearly we’ve had some very disappointing results in relation to Scotland.

“I’m very proud of the campaign Ed Miliband led.

“The way he was prepared to stand up to the energy companies, Murdoch, the banks, all of that shows tremendous courage.

“Ed Miliband is our leader and he’s an extremely good leader.”

Referring to the national result, he said: “The hopes of millions of people rest on our shoulders.”

Tory Katharine Harborne polled 5,622, ahead of Liberal Democrat Ruth Coleman-Taylor, with 1,213 votes, Yorkshire First’s Tony Devoy, with 647, and English Democrat Kevin Riddiough, with 440.

Mr Devoy was reported to have left the election hall shouting.

TUSC candidate Ralph Dyson polled 364 votes and Billy Marsden, standing for Vapers in Power, secured 103 votes.

Turnout was 55.7 per cent.