Eastleigh 2013 by-election: full results
David Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat in the Eastleigh by-election in the early hours of this morning after his party was beaten into third place by the Liberal Democrats and Ukip.
The Lib Dems took the seat with a reduced majority of 1,771 while the Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings won just a quarter of the votes cast.
But the night’s real success story was Ukip which had its best ever Westminster election result. Its candidate Diane James increased her party’s share of the vote from 3.6 per cent in 2010 to 27.8 per cent.
Labour came a disappointing fourth (mainly because the labour candidate said he wished Margaret Thatcher had been murdered in the IRA attack on Brighton’s Grand Hotel)- undermining Ed Miliband’s claim that his party can improve its results in the south of England and represent ‘one nation’.....Read more
Candidate Party Votes % vote Change
Mike Thornton LD 13,342 32.06 -14.48
Diane James UKIP 11,571 27.80 24.20
Maria Hutchings C 10,559 25.37 -13.96
John O'Farrell Lab 4,088 9.82 0.22
Danny Stupple Ind 768 1.85 1.56
Dr Iain Maclennan NHA 392 0.94
Ray Hall Beer 235 0.56
Kevin Milburn Christian 163 0.39
Howling Laud Hope Loony 136 0.33
Jim Duggan Peace 128 0.31
David Bishop Elvis 72 0.17
Michael Walters Eng Dem 70 0.17 -0.30
Daz Procter TUSC 62 0.15
Colin Bex Wessex Reg 30 0.07
TOTAL TURNOUT 79,004 52.68 -16.61