NEWS — 14 February 2014

By staff reporter

Wythenshawe and Sale East Labour has comfortably won the byelection in Manchester with former councillor Michael Kane, the son of Irish immigrants.

Kane, whose father came from Roscommon and mother from Leitrim, retained the seat with 13,261 votes, a majority of over 8,000 on a low turnout of 28.24%. A total of 10,141 postal votes were cast and only 13,883 on the day.

Labour won the Wythenshawe and Sale East parliamentary by-election today while the.

Ukip surged from fifth place in 2010 to second, while the Conservatives were pushed into third place by Ukip and Lib Dem support was decimated.

The by-election was brought about by the sudden death of the serving MP, former Northern Ireland minister Paul Goggins, on January 7, at 60.

Michael Kane has spoken of how he used to holiday  as a child in his parents’ counties and, as a member of the Fianna Padraig pipe band once piped Roy Keane onto the pitch when he played for Cobh Ramblers.

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