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UKIP: Eastleigh tremor will become national earthquake

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told a press conference that "never again" will people say voting for the party is a wasted vote, following the Eastleigh by-election where the party finished second.

He added that he intended to capitalise on the "tremor" UKIP had created in Eastleigh and turn it into a "national political earthquake" at the European elections next year.

Labour MP: Eastleigh result was 'disaster' for party

The Labour backbencher Austin Mitchell has described Labour finishing fourth in the Eastleigh by-election "a disaster":


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:

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."

Diane James: Beating the Tories is a 'humongous' shock

The UK Independence Party's Diane James, has described beating the Tories to take second place in the Eastleigh by-election was a "humongous" shock that represented a "seismic shift" in UK politics.

The UK Independence Party's Diane James. Credit: Press Association.

Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings polled 10,559 votes - more than 1,000 behind Ukip, which snatched huge chunks of the coalition parties' 2010 general election vote share, taking more than 27% of the total.

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