British PM Theresa May's Conservatives beat back Ukip challenge in by-election: Sky News

British police officers and members of the media gather outside the Supreme Court in London on the final day of a four-day hearing on Dec 8, 2016.
British police officers and members of the media gather outside the Supreme Court in London on the final day of a four-day hearing on Dec 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party retained a parliamentary seat in a strongly pro-Brexit area on Friday (Dec 9), Sky News said, heading off a challenge from the anti-EU UK Independence Party.

The election in Sleaford and North Hykeham in Lincolnshire, eastern England, was triggered by the resignation last month of Conservative lawmaker Stephen Phillips, citing "irreconcilable policy differences" with May's government.