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Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (12 Feb)

Here’s a round-up of news from the past 24 hours in the Eastleigh by-election…

mike thornton eastleigh jon aylwinNick Clegg offered Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton his full backing on a visit to Eastleigh on Monday. Here‘s the Guardian report:

“I am confident we will keep hold of this seat but not because I say so but because the people of Eastleigh are telling us that,” said Clegg. Focusing on the party’s local dominance – it is the only place in the country where every councillor at district and county level is a Liberal Democrat – he said voters would focus on its “record of action” and said the party had “to be quite clear where our differences lie”. … Speaking after meeting students at the local college, Clegg said: “Cutting council tax, promoting more apprenticeships, creating jobs, protecting green spaces – those are things that Liberal Democrats haven’t just talked about, they are things they have actually done and it’s a record of which we are tremendously proud.”

It’s not just Nick Clegg who’s been doing his Eastleigh stint, though. Pictured above (with thanks to Jon Aylwin) is North Devon MP Nick Harvey out canvassing with Mike and some of his supporters.

Want to join the hundreds of Lib Dems who are doing their bit to help get Mike elected as the next Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh on 28th February? Here’s a reminder of how YOU can make a difference:

  • Volunteer to help in Eastleigh itself
  • Make phone calls for the party if you can’t get there in person
  • Give a donation to help fund the campaign.
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    Liberal Democrat candidate dies on polling day

    The Newcastle Journal has the sad news:

    The Liberal Democrat candidate for Westerhope, Neil Hamilton, died this afternoon after spending the day campaigning.

    Police were called to his house after no-one could contact him. Mr Hamilton, thought to be in his early 60s, was a junior cricket coach.

    Under council rules, if a candidate dies during an election, and before all votes are cast, the election is null and void and a by-election must be held.

    Our condolences to Mr Hamilton’s family, and to the local party in Newcastle.

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    • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 1st Apr - 11:25pm
      @Mathew Thanks from that local insight. I've copied your comment into the main post because I thought it was relevant.
    • User AvatarRichard Duncalf 1st Apr - 10:55pm
      Best wishes Adrian and to your campaign in Vauxhall.
    • User AvatarSesenco 1st Apr - 10:47pm
      The Sheffield Hallam poll is the most successful April Fool's joke of the day. Prior to 1997, Sheffield Hallam was a safe Tory seat. It...
    • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 1st Apr - 10:40pm
      ... and one from the Mark Pack collection: http://www.markpack.org.uk/130605/watch-tim-farrons-superb-video-on-why-people-should-vote-liberal-democrat/ This one demonstrates the difference between liberal Centrism and Liberal Democracy. One is OK-ish but bland...
    • User AvatarSimon Foster 1st Apr - 10:29pm
      I worked with Neil in 1997 when we won Oxford West and Abingdon then, and was in the Abingdon HQ when I heard about this...
    • User AvatarJennie 1st Apr - 10:29pm
      Thanks Neil. I'll go away now.
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