Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Lib Dems win Eastleigh by-election

Counting gets under way after polls closed in the Eastleigh by-election
The first ballot boxes arrive for counting at Fleming Park in Eastleigh, Hampshire
Conservative supporters share a packet of mints while waiting for the declaration in Eastleigh

The Liberal Democrats have won the Eastleigh by-election, with the Conservatives pushed into third place by a late surge from the UK Independence Party.

Local councillor Michael Thornton held on to the seat vacated by disgraced ex-Cabinet minister Chris Huhne - polling 13,342 votes.

Ukip's candidate Diane James was second on 11,571 - more than 1,000 ahead of Tory Maria Hutchings (10,559) in a severe blow to Prime Minister David Cameron.

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