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Witney has new Tory MP, but Lib Dems leap to second place

The Conservatives, as expected, won the Witney by-election in the early hours of the morning but their majority - and share of the vote - were well down on what the area's former MP David Cameron managed in the GENERAL election.

Robert Courts won. He was just under 6,000 votes ahead of the Liberal Democrats, who jumped from 4th place to 2nd, with over 11,500 votes. Labour slipped back to third, and the Greens just beat UKIP.

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports on a night of drama.

David Cameron takes on first job since resigning as PM

A new job for David Cameron Credit: ITV

David Cameron is the new chairman of the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The NCS was set up by Mr Cameron in 2012. The service provides outdoor activities for 15 to 17-year-olds. The teenagers also work in the community.

The former Witney MP said the NCS was one of his proudest achievements during his six years as prime minister, and pledged to make non-military national service a "rite of passage" for every British teenager.

Mr Cameron said the NCS is "building bridges across social divides", and is an example of the "Big Society" in action.

"From the pilot projects that I began as leader of the opposition, to the full-scale programme that we have today, more than 275,000 people have taken part in what has become the fastest-growing youth movement of its kind in the world."

Cameron lends a land on production line

The Prime Minister has been emphasising his case for staying in the EU today, during a visit to the BMW car factory at Cowley in Oxford.

Mr Cameron chatted to workers on the assembly line and was given some hands-on hints on how the job is done.


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Reformed EU offers Britain 'best of both worlds', says PM

David Cameron said leaving the EU would threaten Britain's "economic and national security".

The Prime Minister said Britain's new deal offered the "best of both worlds", while leaving the EU would be a "leap in the dark".

ITV Political Editor Robert Peston and Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen have been following the story:

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Cameron: EU vote 'one of biggest decisions in our lifetimes'

David Cameron speaks outside Number 10.

The EU referendum will be "one of the biggest decisions this country will face in our lifetimes", David Cameron has said.

Following a Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister said the Government position would be to remain in a reformed EU.

He said Cabinet ministers would be free to campaign on either side of the debate and that there would be "many passionate arguments".

"We are approaching one of the biggest decisions this country will face in our lifetimes," Mr Cameron said outside Number 10. "The choice goes to the heart of the kind of country we want to be and the future we want for our children.

"The choice is in your hands, but my recommendation is clear: I believe that Britain will be safer, stronger and better off in a reformed European Union."

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