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New MP shuns reporters after her victory

The new MP for Sleaford and Hykeham, Dr Caroline Johnson, refused to speak to the media after her comfortable win in the by-election.

It was called after fellow Conservative Stephen Phillips resigned over the vote to leave the European Union. UKIP came second, with Labour pushed into 4th place.

But after giving a short victory speech, Dr Johnson quickly left the building, refusing to speak to reporters.


Brexit and distrust dominate by-election build-up

Ordinarily a by-election in a safe Conservative seat in Lincolnshire would barely raise an eyebrow in Westminster, but these are no ordinary times.

On Thursday all eyes will be on Sleaford and North Hykeham, as voters go to the polls to replace Stephen Phillips, the Tory MP who quit over the Government's handling of Brexit.

And in a constituency that voted to leave the European Union - Brexit is dominating the contest, with UKIP hoping to cause an upset.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports.

The full list of candidates standing in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election Credit: ITV News


Labour leader on the campaign trail in Lincolnshire

Jeremy Corbyn has been campaigning in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election sparked by the resignation of Conservative Stephen Phillips. It is taking place in December.

The full list of candidates:

The Iconic Arty-Pole - Monster Raving Loony Party

Victoria Ayling - UKIP

David Bishop - Bus-Pass Elvis Party

Jim Clarke - Labour

Paul Coyne

Dr Caroline Johnson - Conservatives

Marianne Overton - Lincolnshire Independents

Ross Pepper - Liberal Democrats

Sarah Stock - Independent

Mark Suffield

Ed Miliband says MPs will not give up fight to change HS2 route near Sheffield

Residents in South Yorkshire say they're living under a cloud of uncertainty over whether their homes will be demolished to make way for the proposed HS2 rail link.

While rest of the country learned the Government's preferred route today, Sheffield was the only place along the proposal to be left in limbo.

It comes after initial plans to run trains to a station at Meadowhall were shelved, meaning the new route would run right through a newly built housing development in Mexborough.

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband says there are better routes available to the government that would avoid bulldozing homes in his constituency.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports from Westminster.

UKIP names candidate for Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election

Ukip has selected a by-election candidate who was previously embroiled in controversy over remarks calling for immigrants to be "sent back".

Victoria Ayling, who will fight next month's Sleaford and North Hykeham contest for the party, was at the centre of a storm in 2013 after The Mail On Sunday reported it had seen a video from 2008 when she was seeking to stand as a Tory MEP candidate in which she discussed immigration and said: "I just want to send the lot back, but I can't say that."

She said the remarks had been taken out of context and she was only referring to illegal immigrants.

In 2010, Ms Ayling stood for the Tories in Great Grimsby, losing to Labour's Austin Mitchell by just 714 votes.

The Tories are defending a majority of 24,000 in the Lincolnshire by-election on December 8 caused by Stephen Phillips standing down after he raised doubts about the way Brexit is being handled.

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