The ex-wife of former MP Chris Huhne was today found guilty of perverting the course of justice by taking his speeding points a decade ago.
The Conservative Party has a habit of turning a drama into a crisis. Especially when the background to the drama is Europe.
The wider political impact of parliamentary by-elections often turns out to be more important than the result – Eastleigh is no exception.
Nick Clegg told Liberal Democrat supporters they had won a "stunning victory" in Eastleigh, despite the "exceptional circumstances".
Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has called the Eastleigh election the most "important by-election since the war."
His party's candidate Mike Thornton won the by-election with a majority of 1,771.
Speaking to Daybreak he said the win was an "outstanding" result, that speaks volumes about the Lib Dems' place in the next general election.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has congratulated Mike Thornton on his victory:
Speaking to Daybreak, Daily Mail journalist Andrew Pierce said that this morning's win at Eastleigh for the Liberal Democrats is a "complete disaster for the Conservative party."
The Lib Dems won by less than two thousand votes in the by-election, managing to hold off a UKIP surge.
The Daily Mirror's associate editor Kevin Maguire added that UKIP should be "deliriously happy" with their result, receiving more votes than the Conservative party.
He added: "It's a nightmare for David Cameron who played his Europe card, who thought that would stem the flood of Tory voters going to UKIP. It hasn't happened."
The Liberal Democrats have announced local councillor Mike Thornton as their candidate for the Eastleigh by-election.
Mr Thornton is a business and development manager and has been a parish and borough councillor since 2007.
He has lived in the area for 19 years and is involved with the annual Bishopstoke Carnival and is an active member of the local church.
– Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat Party President
Liberal Democrats have a proud 20-year record of action in Eastleigh, fighting for people in both local government and in Westminster. The people of Eastleigh should have the opportunity to elect someone to serve the constituency as soon as possible. This is going to be a tough fight, and clearly a fight that’s between Liberal Democrats and Conservatives. I know that we will be up to the task – and I am confident and determined that we will win.
The leader of Eastleigh Council, Keith House, emailed all Liberal Democrat members today to announce that campaigning had already begun. He said:
– Keith House, leader of Eastleigh Council
Our campaign is well underway. We had to hit the ground running, just as we always do in Eastleigh. It’s why we hold every council seat in the constituency. Tim Farron was with us yesterday. All our leading MPs and campaigners are being booked in. Our by-election HQ opens tomorrow. Saturday marks the start of our first action weekend.
The Eastleigh by election will take place in 3 weeks time.
These speed camera images have been released of Chris Huhne's car breaking the speed limit. He was caught doing 69 miles per hour in a 50 zone on the M11 in Essex 10 years ago.
The by-election has not yet been called - but, today, the political parties were out in force in their bid for the Parliamentary seat of Eastleigh. Politicians were on the doorsteps - canvassing for support - as disgraced MP Chris Huhne officially _resigned as their MP.
Yesterday, he'd pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice - getting his former wife Vicky Pryce to accept speeding points on his behalf. Andrew Pate has the latest.