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Conservatives upbeat after holding off UKIP in Newark

Conservative party MP and Newark by-election winner Robert Jenrick talks to locals in the Bramley Apple pub Southwell, Newark-on Trent, central England, on June 6, 2014Newark-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives claimed their by-election win on Friday was an endorsement of their deficit-cutting economic plan, after they fended off a stiff challenge from the anti-EU party UKIP. The Conservatives retained the seat of Newark, a mid-sized town in central England, though their majority was slashed from 16,152 to 7,403 by Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party. Cameron’s centre-right party mobilised extensive resources in their bid to hold on to the seat, after the anti-European Union, anti-mass immigration UKIP topped the polls at last month’s European Parliament elections, rattling the main three parties. The Conservatives bombarded constituents in the rural Nottinghamshire seat with mailshots, phone calls and visits by heavyweight government ministers.

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