|Nigel Farage's UKIP kicked the ass of the out of touch and |
increasingly socialist UK Conservative Party.
A Conservative Party Defeat
- The so-called UK "Conservative" Party adopts open borders and Big Government.
- Right of center voters flee to the UKIP forcing the Conservatives into 3rd place in a special election.
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.
Nick Clegg said the "stunning" result proved "we can be a party of government and still win".
"We held our nerve, we stood our ground. We overcame the odds and won a stunning victory," he said, standing alongside Mr Thornton in the constituency.
The Conservatives' third place, which was despite major campaigning by senior figures, will increase tensions on the backbenches and at the grass roots.
There will be concern that Mr Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on EU membership if the Tories stay in power has not curbed UKIP's rise.
Nigel Farage on beating the Conservatives and Labour in Eastleigh
|UKIP leader Nigel Farage (left) and the party's candidate Diane James (center) on the hustings in Eastleigh, Hampshire.|
|The Monster Raving Loony Party candidate congratulates the |
Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Thornton and his wife Peta.
|The Labour Party came in 4th place.|
|The Conservative Party came in 3rd place.|