Commenting on the Liberal Democrat win in the Eastleigh by-election, where Mike Thornton won with 13,342 votes, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
"This shows that the Liberal Democrats are alive and kicking. This is a positive win at mid-term in government. This shows that people are listening to local Liberal Democrats who will all work to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.
"This result builds on our good, solid results right here in Scotland in Rutherglen and Kirkintilloch by-elections. The Lib Dems on the up."