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UKIP beat Tories into third in Eastleigh as LiB Dems keep the seat
8:22am Friday 1st March 2013 in Latest
Mike Thornton is the new MP for Eastleigh after the Liberal Democrats swept to victory by in the by election. this morning
Securing 32 per cent of the vote the Liberal Democrats were celebrating retaining the seat vacated by disgraced former MP Chris Huhne.
In his victory speech he told the crowd: "we can do it, we have done it and we will do it again."
He said he would focus on being a hard working constituency MP.
He added:"it is strong signal of support for Nick Clegg and a huge boost to his government, mission in government.
Mr Thornton said: "The people of Eastleigh recognise that here the Liberal Democrats have always had a superb record of delivery.
"We have always listened to what people want and always made sure we did a good job extremely well."
- See how the by-election drama unfolded - click here
- Meet the new Eastleigh MP - click here
- Wife overwhelmed by victory - click here
- The night UKIP almost took centre stage - click here
- The full list of results from by-election - click here