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By-elections in quotes
Here are the key quotes from Thursday's Parliamentary by-elections in Blaenau Gwent and Bromley and Chislehurst.

"What we saw last year was an independent majority of 9,000. That's come back now to 2,500. So all coming in the right direction. There was almost a kind of feud, a family feud down there, because of what happened about the last set of elections," Labour chairman Hazel Blears

"You take people for granted at your peril. It's the people that matter, not the political parties. The dinosaurs thought they would live for ever - they died out. Political parties take note and listen to the people or you're in trouble," New independent MP for Blaenau Gwent Dai Davies

"This is a victory for Blaenau Gwent. This is a victory for honesty and integrity," Independent Welsh Assembly member Trish Law

"I am in complete agreement with the successful Independent candidate at Blaenau Gwent who said that the parties must listen to the people and if they don't it will be the worse for them. That comment applies to both by-elections. The Liberal Democrats must be congratulating themselves on selecting a leader of experience and maturity," Ex-Conservative chairman Lord Tebbit

"This [Bromley and Chislehurst] is a stupendous result for the Liberal Democrats in one of the safest Conservative seats in the country. It shows that there is no confidence in Cameron's Tories in the Conservative heartlands," Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell

"A minority of candidates, principally the Liberal Democrats, have chosen to fight this campaign with the most vigorous and underhand example of cynical personal abuse that I have encountered in 30 years of politics. If you [the Lib Dems] sometimes wonder why it is that people in this country are turned off by politics, get a mirror and look at yourselves," Newly-elected Tory MP for Bromley and Chislehurst Bob Neill

"If there had been any question of impropriety you can be certain I would have stepped in and stopped it," Sir Menzies Campbell, Lib Dem leader

"David [Cameron] has been rightly driving a process of change in the party and the simple truth from this election result is that we have to drive that change faster, wider and deeper. We have to supply more and more positive reasons for people to vote for us and I am sure we will do so," Conservative chairman Francis Maude

"I'm pleased that UKIP came third and beat Labour into fourth place ... it sends a very loud message that it's time Mr Blair went," UKIP's candidate in Bromley and Chislehurst Nigel Farage MEP

"The Conservatives tried to take the support of local people for granted. The result, as is absolutely clear, is a disaster for Cameron's Conservatives. Make no mistake this is an absolutely sensational result for the Liberal Democrats," Bromley and Chislehurst's Liberal Democrat candidate Ben Abbotts




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