This has been a by-election
we've had to fight in exceptionally difficult circumstances.
FOR those of us on the left, the Eastleigh by-election
result came as a great relief.
has been caused by the death in October of Sir Stuart Bell who was Middlesbrough's MP for almost 30 years.
Lebanese Forces candidate Fadi Karam, who was backed by the March 14 coalition, won the Koura parliamentary seat in Sunday's hotly contested by-election
against his rival from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party Walid Azar, supported by the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance.
I hope people right across the spectrum will come and speak in the by-election
for the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat was necessitated by Arjun Munda's decision to vacate it after being appointed as the chief minister of Jharkhand for the third time in September last year.
But the winner, Labour former minister Phil Woolas, was stripped of his May victory after a court found he deliberately misled voters with his campaign literature, prompting next week's by-election
The LHC had stopped the process on the plea of the Punjab government for deferring the by-election
due to precarious security situation.
Labour Cannock Chase MP Tony Wright said he believed that, despite the expenses scandal, Mr Gibson would have easily won the by-election
if he had stood as an Independent: "I think there were people in the House of Commons who did far worse things than he did.
But the move was defeated by 238 votes to 127 after Labour said they did not want the by-election
held during the school holidays.
It comes after the SNP's sensational byelection victory in Glasgow East where Labour lost what should have been a safe seat, and other by-election
reverses for the party.
Sharpe added: "Despite Labour throwing the kitchen sink at this by-election
in a desperate attempt to win it, all the serious money has been for the Tories.