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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 Avatarpaul barker 21st Oct - 3:37pm
      This was a seat where we got 1% less than our Average vote share, I think if we got 31% in 2020 most of us...
    • User AvatarPaul Kennedy 21st Oct - 3:19pm
      Labour voters I met in Witney were absolutely convinced they were going to win, and that Lib Dems would struggle to beat UKIP. I suspect...
    • User AvatarTim13 21st Oct - 3:06pm
      Dav You speak of "values voters prioritise above finance". I am sure that is true of some voters. But I think where your thinking goes...
    • User AvatarAndrew McCaig 21st Oct - 3:04pm
      It is clear that in the last 10 days Labour put in a big effort to shore up their vote in Witney. I saw one...
    • User AvatarDavid Evans 21st Oct - 2:54pm
      Tonyj Good point, well made.
    • User AvatarChristopher Haigh 21st Oct - 2:45pm
      Tim Farron got a crude expression of disgust from the sad man on a train on 'This Week' last night which actually made Andrew Neil...