Thursday, February 28, 2013

David Cameron suffers humiliating defeat as Lib Dems win hard fought Eastleigh by-election

David Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat in the Eastleigh by-election in the early hours of this morning after his party was beaten into third place by the Liberal Democrats and Ukip.

The Lib Dems took the seat with a reduced majority of 1,771 while the Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings won just a quarter of the votes cast.

But the night’s real success story was Ukip which had its best ever Westminster election result. Its candidate Diane James increased her party’s share of the vote from 3.6 per cent in 2010 to 27.8 per cent.