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The Tory predicament

After Eastleigh, what next for the Conservatives?

By Jay Elwes  


Having been knocked back into third place in Eastleigh behind the Liberal Democrats and UKIP, how will the Conservatives react? Despite attempts to spin the line that the “coalition was able to retain the seat,” the manner of the defeat will be hard to stomach. Tory dismay will be compounded by the Liberal Democrats’ ability to hold on to Eastleigh despite suffering from the impact of two scandals.

The weekend will bring the inevitable…

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