Conservative MPs react to finishing third in by-election

Conservative MPs have been tweeting after the party's candidate, Maria Hutchings, finished third in the Eastleigh by-election:

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Gutted. Lovely woman would be great MP. Got to start work now - have a great day ! (Palin-esque)

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Pinch punch first of the month-not the best start to the month from Eastleigh. Commiserations to Maria, stick at it though

Watch: Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings ignores reporters

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Clegg: 'Stunning' Eastleigh win

Nick Clegg has described the Lib Dems victory in the Eastleigh by-election as "stunning...despite the "exceptional circumstances". UKIP said beating the Conservatives into third place was a "humongous political shock." Labour were fourth.