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New MP shuns reporters after her victory

The new MP for Sleaford and Hykeham, Dr Caroline Johnson, refused to speak to the media after her comfortable win in the by-election.

It was called after fellow Conservative Stephen Phillips resigned over the vote to leave the European Union. UKIP came second, with Labour pushed into 4th place.

But after giving a short victory speech, Dr Johnson quickly left the building, refusing to speak to reporters.

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Brexit and distrust dominate by-election build-up

Ordinarily a by-election in a safe Conservative seat in Lincolnshire would barely raise an eyebrow in Westminster, but these are no ordinary times.

On Thursday all eyes will be on Sleaford and North Hykeham, as voters go to the polls to replace Stephen Phillips, the Tory MP who quit over the Government's handling of Brexit.

And in a constituency that voted to leave the European Union - Brexit is dominating the contest, with UKIP hoping to cause an upset.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports.

The full list of candidates standing in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election Credit: ITV News
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