The Lib Dems were victorious in the Eastleigh by-election. But Nigel Farage’s insurgent UKIP won 28% of the vote, putting their candidate in 2nd place and landing a symbolic body blow to the Tories and their leader, David Cameron.
Education secretary Michael Gove rejected the idea that UKIP’s success in Eastleigh was a signal that the Conservative party needed to change course:
"Over the next few days you can almost write the script as though it were an episode of EastEnders or Hollyoaks. There will be certain commentators and one or two people on the backbenches who will say the Conservative party needs to move to the 'right'. They are wrong(...)"