World Bulletin / News Desk
The Liberal Democrat party, the junior partner in Britain's coalition government, won a closely-watched election in England on Friday, while the UK Independence party (UKIP) placed second, pushing the ruling Conservatives into an embarrassing third.
The parliamentary election in Eastleigh is an important symbolic victory for the Lib Dems who have been hit by a sex and perjury scandal, and for Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister and party leader, who has seen his leadership come under pressure in recent weeks.
But the result is a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron and his ruling Conservative party who had hoped to come second or even win, but were pushed into third place by UKIP, a party that advocates taking Britain out of the European Union and strongly opposes immigration.
The Lib Dems polled 13,342 votes, UKIP 11,571 votes, the Conservatives 10,559 votes and the Labour party 4,088 votes.Last Mod: 01 Mart 2013, 09:32