By-election Labour result 'clear' message to government
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, says voters in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election have sent a strong message to the government.
Debbie Abrahams held the seat for Labour with an increased majority of more than 3,500.
The Liberal Democrats came second; the Conservatives finished third, with their vote falling by 7,000.
An influential Conservative blogger said Tory activists would see the campaign as a sign that David Cameron is planning a more permanent alliance with the Liberal Democrats.
Ross Hawkins reports.
14 Jan 2011