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Shapps: Eastleigh by-election result 'not terribly surprising'

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has said the result of the Eastleigh by-election was not "terribly surprising" and "it is not like our vote collapsed".

The UK Independence Party beat the Conservatives into third place by 1,012 votes in the by-election which was won by the Liberal Democrats.

Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings won 10,559 votes, representing a 14% reduction compared with her share of the vote at the 2010 general election, when she came second to Chris Huhne, whose resignation triggered the poll.

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