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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 AvatarJoshua Dixon 19th Sep - 12:34am
      Won't be missed. Shame on those who defended and covered for him too.
    • User AvatarEddie Sammon 19th Sep - 12:33am
      In the aftermath of the result we should create an English parliament with French style regions beneath it. I'm not saying it's perfect, but I...
    • User AvatarGeorge Potter 19th Sep - 12:09am
      Good riddance but the selection of his replacement seems to be a wasted opportunity.
    • User Avatarjohn mc 19th Sep - 12:08am
      Yes, and it would be great if the LibDems re-learned what the terms liberal and democrat mean. Have had enough already of the Liberal Democratic...
    • User Avatarredndead 18th Sep - 11:53pm
      Its going to be intriguing if a No vote leads to the sort of federal uk that the lib dems have long sought
    • User AvatarBernard Salmon 18th Sep - 11:39pm
      Evening all. Hoping the YouGov poll will prove to be fairly accurate. I'm watching the results from Elgin in Moray, which could be an interesting...