By-election winning Lib Dems. Photo by Helen Duffett, on Flickr.
From the BBC:
The newly elected Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton has taken his seat in the House of Commons after winning the Eastleigh by-election.
He took his oath of allegiance to the Crown earlier.
New MPs are not allowed to speak in debates, vote, or get paid, until they have been sworn in.
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg welcomed Mr Thornton to Westminster as he arrived on Monday, congratulating him on “that superb victory”.
“All of us were out there campaigning for you and so all of us are now looking forward to you helping us back at this place,” Mr Clegg told him on the steps of the Palace of Westminster.
Watch the video from ITV News of Mike, flanked by a grinning Annette Brooke and Stephen Lloyd, arriving in the chamber to be sworn in. Behind Mike, Jeremy Browne and Jo Swinson are clearly delighted as he signs the Test Roll, a parchment book headed by the oath and affirmation which is kept by the Clerk of the House of Commons.