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Local elections: Simon Hughes defends Lib Dem results

3 May 2013 Last updated at 10:17 BST

Liberal Democrats have "held their ground" in a number of county elections - despite a poor result in the South Shields by-election, the party's deputy leader has said.

Simon Hughes told BBC Breakfast that parties in government were often punished in by-elections.

The Lib Dem's share of the vote in South Shields dropped form 14% to 1%. Their candidate, Hugh Annand, finished seventh with just 352 votes, and lost his deposit.