Speaking after the Eastleigh by election result in which they came third, Prime Minister David Cameron has said the result was "disappointing".
He added that the Conservatives would win back voters by "remaining true to our principles".
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.