Lib Dems take Eastleigh

Victorious Mike Thornton
Victory for Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton Credit: PA

The Liberal Democrats are celebrating after Mike Thornton won the race to be MP for Eastleigh.

They fought off UKIP who came second - the party's best ever result in a by-election

The Conservatives came third while Labour came fourth.

The results are declared
UKIP's Diane James celebrates coming second Credit: PA

The by-election was called after Chris Huhne resigned when he admitted perverting the course of justice.

The town has been in the spotlight over the last three weeks and the media were out in force at the election count last night.

Mike Thornton and UKIP's Diane James
Lib Dem Mike Thornton raises a cup on what has been a hard fought campaign Credit: PA

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Lib Dems win at Eastleigh

Lib Dems win at Eastleigh, narrowly defeating UKIP.