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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

British Right Loses Big

n LONDON -- Britain's opposition Conservative Party was rocked by the results of two parliamentary by-elections Friday, battering hopes of an improvement in its fortunes after its general election drubbing in May.

The conservatives suffered a stunning defeat in the prosperous southern city of Winchester and held the London commuter belt constituency of Beckenham with a much reduced majority.

The result will be welcome news for the Liberal Democrats, whose opinion poll ratings have been slipping. The Conservatives had hoped to improve their fortunes following the general election, when they suffered their worst defeat for more than a century.