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Tory MP blames councillors for by-election defeat

The Conservative MP Conor Burns appears to blame local councillors rather than the central party leadership for the party's poor performance in the Eastleigh by-election:

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Labour Eastleigh candidate called 'loser' by his wife

The Labour party candidate John O'Farrell has tweeted on the morning after his defeat in the Eastleigh by election.

Clegg: 'We had to fight in exceptional circumstances'

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has thanked party supporters after the party held the seat of Eastleigh in yesterday's by-election.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. Credit: ITV Pool

He said: "This has been a by-election we have had to fight in exceptional circumstances. Our opponents have thrown everything at us. We held our nerve, we stood our ground, we worked as a team, we went out and campaigned on every doorstep. We overcame the odds and won a stunning victory."

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