The seaside town of Hastings is very famous for one thing. In a battle fought almost 1,000 years ago, King Harold of England was shot in the eye by Norman invaders and lost his kingdom after being forced to fight on two fronts.
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.
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.
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.
Conservative David Cameron failed to derail Nick Clegg in the U.K. campaign’s second debate, four instant polls showed, pointing to a hung parliament with Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party as the largest bloc.