Lib Dems: We are doing well in our own territories

Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Simon Hughes has congratulated Labour on their South Shields win.

Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Simon Hughes Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

The Lib Dems came seventh place in the by-election, speaking to Daybreak Mr Hughes said, "the Tories were always the challengers and they've been knocked out by UKIP."

He added: "We appear to be doing well in our territory and not giving that up."

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