Heads up: Top comment and controversy

Twitter reacts as the Conservatives are humiliated by a Lib Dem win in Eastleigh

A difficult week for the Liberal Democrats has come to a triumphant end today: Nick Clegg's party have held on to their seat in the Eastleigh by-election. Also celebrating are UKIP, who pushed the Conservatives into third place with their best-ever performance in a Westminster election. So what's the instant analysis on Twitter?

It's good for the Lib Dems...

@nick_clegg: Congratulations Mike4Eastleigh: welcome to the team! We're on track for 2015 now.

@oliver_wright: Clegg says - with glee - that he will leave it to the Tories to explain their 'very poor showing' in Eastleigh

But let's not get carried away with ourselves...

@OwenJones84: Lib Dems are crowing about scraping a seat that, if they can't win, they can't win anywhere lessonsfromeastleigh

@DanHannanMEP: Look on the bright side. The Eastleigh result has probably sentenced the Lib Dems to two more years of Nick Clegg as leader.

Clearly this is bad for the Tories....

@tom_watson: The single most important conclusion from tonight: David Cameron has never won a general election. If he can't win Eastleigh he never will.

@BBCAllegra: There's footage of Hutchings departing last night refusing questions. Not surprised: some Tories ditched count while she was still on stage.

..but which way forward?

@TimMontgomerie: My Eastleigh verdict: Cameronism is still ill-defined

@ChrisBryantMP: I see Sarah Palin not only lost but came third in eastleigh. Tories will probably choose more Palins, but would do better with fewer.

And what does it mean for UKIP?

@krishgm [Krishnan Guru-Murthy]: So no Eastleigh lessons judging from interviews for Con/Lab/Lib Dems. But UKIP learn a protest vote by-election win is possible

@paulwaugh: Pattern of recent UKIP Parliamentary by-elections: Corby 14%, Rotherham 22%, Eastleigh 27%. No wonder they talk of a 'surge'.

@johnprescott: Remarkable! Tory leaflet using UKIP colours to get votes!pic.twitter.com/Mk6HY4JPBN (via stevenmorris20desperateEastleigh

React Now

Read Next
George Osborne appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, 5 July 2015  

George Osborne says benefits should be capped at £20,000 to meet average earnings – but working families take home £31,500

Ellie Mae O'Hagan
The BBC has agreed to fund the £650m annual cost of providing free television licences for the over-75s  

Osborne’s assault on the BBC is doing Murdoch’s dirty work

James Cusick James Cusick
Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
Srebrenica 20 years after the genocide: Why the survivors need closure

Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
How Comic-Con can make or break a movie: From Batman vs Superman to Star Wars: Episode VII

Power of the geek Gods

Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?

Perfect match

What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?
10 best trays

Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Wimbledon 2015: Team Murray firing on all cylinders for SW19 title assault

Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high