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Are we seriously going to lock up the Naked Rambler for the rest of his life?

I read with despair the BBC’s report about Stephen Gough,  known as the Naked Rambler, embarking on yet another prison sentence.  He was sentenced to 11 months in Hampshire yesterday, having spent six years in prison in Scotland as well. His crime? Refusing to wear clothes in public. He’s not harming anyone. He’s just walking.

I also thought that people were remanded in custody before trial only for the most serious offences, if they were likely to jump bail or be a danger to the public.

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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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    • User AvatarLORENZO CHERIN 12th Feb - 4:08pm
      David Thank you .I actually would not agree with some of what you say , in its detail , while understanding your thrust . I...
    • User Avatarexpats 12th Feb - 4:05pm
      LORENZO CHERIN 12th Feb '16 - 3:33pm....expats.....I understand your point of view.....................I believe the public with one view do not exist . Many understand where...
    • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 12th Feb - 3:56pm
      Antony Hook | Thu 11th February 2016 - 7:45 am Antony, apologies for wandering off the very important point you are making.
    • User AvatarLORENZO CHERIN 12th Feb - 3:52pm
      PS Stephen, when I say group think I do not mean older and or left wing Liberals in our party are part of some sort...
    • User AvatarDavid Evans 12th Feb - 3:46pm
      Lorenzo, I think a lot of what you say is excellent, and accords very much with my thoughts. Nick was not a bad man, but...
    • User AvatarDavid Raw 12th Feb - 3:45pm
      "A system of taxation which is designed to discourage more harmful use." What on earth does that mean ?