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An obscure breakaway party from the Conservatives was celebrating last night after it surprised pundits in a west London byelection by coming from nowhere to beat UKIP by 88 votes.

The party, known as the ‘Liberal Democrats’, is thought to be made up of protesting Tory voters who have become disillusioned with David Cameron’s approach to the European Union and Europe in general. In the Feltham and Heston byelection which took place yesterday, the previously little noticed party was expected to lose its deposit but instead made a strong showing by beating the United Kingdom Independence Party into 3rd place.

Speaking at a celebration party last night, a spokesperson for the party said:

No-one expected us to do this well, not even ourselves. Everyone expected us to lose our deposit, the party’s completely broke so the extra 500 quid will be useful. We still decided to splash out on some champagne to celebrate though, as this will probably be the last time we ever manage to retain our deposit in any election.

In a strange twist, the leader of the party, a man known as Nick Clegg, seemed to have disappeared and has yet to speak to the media.

A spokesperson for the ‘Liberal Democrats’ said:

Noone’s sure where he is. Perhaps he didn’t want to distract from the celebrations. He’ll turn up sooner or later. He’ll be celebrating. Probably.


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