LONDON — Britain's coalition government lost its first ballot box test Friday, as the opposition Labour Party easily regained a House of Commons seat it was forced to put up for grabs following allegations of fraud.
Labour candidate Debbie Abrahams had 42 percent of the ballots when the results of the special election were announced early Friday. Kashif Ali of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party got 13 percent of the vote. Elwyn Watkins of the Liberal Democrats, Cameron's coalition partner, came second with 32 percent in Thursday's voting in the Oldham East and Saddleworth district in the Manchester area of northern England.
"What we have seen here is people are not happy with the way this government is going about its business," Abrahams said.