The Conservatives, as expected, won the Witney by-election in the early hours of the morning but their majority - and share of the vote - were well down on what the area's former MP David Cameron managed in the GENERAL election.
Robert Courts won. He was just under 6,000 votes ahead of the Liberal Democrats, who jumped from 4th place to 2nd, with over 11,500 votes. Labour slipped back to third, and the Greens just beat UKIP.
Our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports on a night of drama.
Lib Dems from our region are back home tonight after their party conference.
Their new leader Tim Farron told them general election result in May was "utterly devastating".
He said it's time for the Lib Dems to win again. From Bournemouth, Phil Hornby reports:
It was an incredible night for the Tories in the Meridian West area, with the party taking four seats from the Lib Dems and one from Labour.
The Tory heartland is now bluer than ever - Labour hold just two seats, the Greens - just one.
However, the most noticeable difference is that there is no longer any Liberal Democrat presence in the region after a crushing defeat at the polls for the party.
The biggest surprises came at two of their safest constituencies. Recently elected Mike Thornton was ousted by the Tories, and Sussex MP Norman Baker was forced out of his seat after more than 18 years in post. Richard Slee has our report.
Nick Clegg has called on disgraced Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock to resign from the Lib Dems. He was speaking on his weekly phone-in show "Call Clegg" on LBC
Several senior Lib Dems from the south have joined calls for Nick Clegg to resign as party leader in the wake of Thursday's elections. Lib Dem candidate in Winchester Jackie Porter says the Lib Dems need a new leader.
Former Romsey MP Sandra Gidley has signed a letter urging Mr Clegg to quit. It's also been signed by Martin Tod, a Winchester councillor, who was the Lib Dems' general election candidate there in 2010.
Video. Liberal Democrats from the Meridian region have made their way up to Scotland for their party conference. With the polls suggesting that they are falling well behind UKIP, there was plenty for them to think about on the ling train journey north. Phil Hornby reports.
Liberal Democrats from the South have travelled to Scotland this weekend for their annual conference. Their political party has been trailing badly in the opinion polls but say the fightback starts this week in Glasgow. Our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports.
Delegates from the South have arrived in Glasgow for the annual Liberal Democrat party conference.Read the full story ›
Lib Dems from the south are arriving in sunny Glasgow for the start of their party conference. But weather forecasters say there will be severe storms tomorrow.
Nick Clegg will be hoping stormy scenes outside won't be reflected by stormy scenes inside. Already Lord Oakeshott from the Isle of Wight has suggested the party would be better off with a different leader.
The people of Portsmouth South now have an independent MP. Mike Hancock resigned from the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party last night, after a special disciplinary hearing.
The MP said he was stepping down temporarily while he defended a High Court action against him. But as our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports, it is thought that Mr Hancock jumped - before he was pushed.