IN PICTURES: Lib Dems and Loonies dominate dramatic by-election count

See all the photos from the crucial count for the North Shropshire by-election.

Howling Laud Hope of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party at Shrewsbury Sports Village
Howling Laud Hope of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party at Shrewsbury Sports Village

Liberal Democrat candidate Helen Morgan claimed victory thanks to a 37.2 % swing which saw them win nearly 6,000 more votes than the Conservatives.

She replaces Tory Owen Paterson, who resigned last month days after being found to have broken paid lobbying rules.

Scroll down to see the best photos from the election count.

Conservative Party candidate Neil Shastri-Hurst speaks to the media after the declaration
The Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate Howling Laud Hope celebrates at the declaration
Helen Morgan leaves after winning the vote
Winning candidate Helen Morgan speaks to Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey
Helen Morgan delivers her victory speech
Lib Dem supporters watch on
The election ends in defeat for Conservative Neil Shastri-Hurst
The candidates line up to listen to the results
A broad smile for Helen Morgan as the Lib Dem arrives at the count
Liberal Democrat candidate Helen Morgan arrives
Labour Candidate Ben Wood arrives at the count
The Official Monster Raving Loony Party arrives
The first ballot boxes arrive at Shrewsbury Sports Village
Votes are counted at Shrewsbury Sports Village
Votes are counted at Shrewsbury Sports Village
A police officer keeps an eye on proceedings
Votes are counted at Shrewsbury Sports Village
Votes arrive from Wem
Inside the count at Shrewsbury Sports Village
Russell Dean of the Party Party inside Shrewsbury Sports Village
Votes are counted at Shrewsbury Sports Village
Votes are counted at Shrewsbury Sports Village
Votes are counted at Shrewsbury Sports Village

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