Lib Dems Win Eastleigh

March 1, 2013 by  

Lib Dems Win Eastleigh, David Cameron has insisted the Tories can “win people back” after a disastrous result in the Eastleigh by-election saw the party beaten into third by UKIP.

The Prime Minister attempted to shrug off the severe blow by calling a huge surge in support for the eurosceptic party a mid-term “protest”.

“It’s disappointing for the Conservative Party but we must remain true to our principles, true to our course, and that way we can win people back,” he said.

But the terrible result in a constituency which is among the Conservatives’ top targets to win back from the Lib Dems will increase fears of defeat in 2015.

Lib Dem local councillor Mike Thornton managed to hold the seat vacated by disgraced Cabinet minister Chris Huhne despite a torrid week for his party.

At 1,771, the Lib Dem majority was less than half that achieved by Mr Huhne in 2010 but the victory was still seen as a major boost for the coalition’s junior partner.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage with Diane James who came second
Nick Clegg said the “stunning” result proved “we can be a party of government and still win”.

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