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Mike Thornton with party leader Nick Clegg at the Ageas Bowl during the by-election campaign

Clegg hails Lib Dem win in Eastleigh

Mike Thornton makes his victory speech.

New Eastleigh MP's pledge to voters

Hand in hand: Peta Thornton and husband Mike yesterday

I'm overwhelmed by victory, says MPs wife

Full list of Eastleigh by-election results

Full list of Eastleigh by-election results

Defeated Tory candidate Maria Hutchings reflects on defeat.

Defeated Tory candidate made a swift exit

Victorious Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton

Mike's night but UKIP almost took centre stage

Polling stations have opened in the Eastleigh by-election

Lib Dem Mike Thornton is Eastleigh's new MP

Fed up the the election - this homeowner certainly is!

Fed up the election - this homeowner certainly is!

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Labour contender John O’Farrell, left, meet Hendy service director Ian Dowie and foreman James Morgan.

By-election hopefuls call in the big guns

Ed Balls in Eastleigh today

Ashdown and Balls in Eastleigh to impress voters

Mike Thornton

Eastleigh too close to call

The candidates caught on camera - VIDEO

The candidates caught on camera - VIDEO

Who are the personalities behind the policies and rosettes

Who are the personalities behind the policies and rosettes?

Simon Hughes urges support for Lib Dem Mike Thornton

Simon Hughes urges support for Lib Dem Mike Thornton

Eric Pickles joins Maria Hutchings

Senior Tories join Hutchings on campaign

Darren Procter - TUSC - VIDEO

Darren Procter - TUSC - VIDEO

Marian Hutchings with London mayor Boris Johnson

Maria Hutchings - Conservative

John O'Farrell is joined by Harriett Harman on the campaign trail

John O'Farrell - Labour Party

Mike Thornton with party leader Nick Clegg at the Ageas Bowl

Mike Thornton Liberal Democrats

Diane James - UKIP

Diane James - UKIP

Michael Walters

Michael Walters - English Democrat - VIDEO

MIke Thornton

Mike Thornton - Liberal Democrat - VIDEO

Danny Stupple - Independent - VIDEO

Danny Stupple - Independent - VIDEO

John O'Farrell

John O'Farrell - Labour Party - VIDEO

Kevin Milburn

Kevin Milburn - Christian Party - VIDEO

Dr Iain Maclennan - National Health Action - VIDEO

Dr Iain Maclennan - National Health Action - VIDEO

Diane James

Diane James - UKIP - VIDEO

Maria Hutchings

Maria Hutchings - Conservative - VIDEO

Alan “Howling Laud” Hope - Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party - VIDEO

Alan “Howling Laud” Hope - Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party - VIDEO

Ray Hall

Ray Hall - Beer, Baccy and Crumpet - VIDEO

Jim Duggan - Peace Party

Jim Duggan - Peace Party - VIDEO

David Bishop - Elvis Loves Pets - VIDEO

David Bishop - Elvis Loves Pets - VIDEO

Colin Bex - Wessex Regionalists - VIDEO

Colin Bex - Wessex Regionalists - VIDEO

UKIP MEP for south defects to Tories

UKIP MEP for south defects to Tories

Burglars strike three times in village

Burglars strike three times in village

Equitable Life campaigners lobby candidates in Eastleigh today.

Pensions campaigners lobby candidates

Wessex Regionalist calls for overhaul current political system

Wessex Regionalist calls for overhaul current political system

Candidate wants to be independent voice

Candidate wants to be independent voice

By-election is tearing my family apart says candidate

By-election is tearing my family apart says candidate

Maria Hutchings and David Cameron yesterday

Cameron defends Hutchings for pulling out of hustings

The press pack in Eastleigh

Are these the worst election candidates ever?

Cameron grilled by workers in Eastleigh

Cameron grilled by workers in Eastleigh

Prime Minister David Cameron to visit Eastleigh again

Prime Minister David Cameron to visit Eastleigh again

Vince Cable in Eastleigh today

Cable in Eastleigh for third time

The injured woman was trying to drum up support for Diane James

UKIP supporter hurt after town centre fall

Boris in town for Tories

Boris declares Eastleigh a two-horse race

Protesters at Monday night’s meeting

Lib Dems vow to save green spaces - hours after voting for 1,400 homes in village

Nick Clegg with by-election candidate Mike Thornton, right, and Ageas Bowl chairman Rod Bransgrove, left, at the ground

Clegg backs £35m Ageas Bowl funding

Cllr House with his letter

Lib Dems threaten legal action over Tories' ‘misleading’ leaflet

Colin Mercer

£5,000 war chest put aside to fight decision

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