The U.K. Conservatives’ third-place showing yesterday in a special election left their leader, Prime Minister David Cameron, with the question of how his party can regain enough support to keep power in 2015.
The U.K. Liberal Democrat party held the seat of Eastleigh in a special election, adding to the woes of Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservative Party was pushed into third place behind the U.K. Independence Party.
The U.K. Independence Party, which wants Britain to withdraw from the European Union, rejected the suggestion of an electoral pact with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and said the two parties are at “war.”
Leaders of the U.K.’s three-week-old coalition government sought to limit political damage from their first crisis and preserve their deficit-cutting plans after Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws resigned over revelations about his parliamentary expenses.
News Corp. executive Rebekah Brooks told David Cameron before he became U.K. prime minister that her company was “in it together” with him in 2009, the week after its Sun newspaper switched its support to his Tory party.