The leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage MEP, was in Eastleigh today to kickstart his party's campaign in the constituency's forthcoming by-election.
Mr Farage spoke with shoppers and market traders. Earlier this week he ruled himself out of standing in the seat for a second time. He had tried - unsuccessfully, to win UKIP's first Westminster seat, in Eastleigh, back in 1994. He shared his reasons for not standing this time around.
The Conservatives have announced Maria Hutchings as their candidate in the Eastleigh by-election. Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, and the Greens are expected to reveal their candidates next week. Independents will also stand. The poll takes place on Thursday 28 February 2013.
More top news
More than 30 huts have been burgled along Herne Bay pier, in what seems to be a systematic attack
More than 1,000 cars have been left unattended in a muddy field by companies promising to provide 'off-site' parking for Gatwick Airport.
More than 1,000 cars have been left unattended in a muddy field by five companies promising off-site parking for Gatwick Airport.