Mike Thornton: It is an 'incredible honour' to be selected

Mike Thornton, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Eastleigh by-election, has tweeted that it is an "incredible honour" to be selected.

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Delighted to have been chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Eastleigh. It's an incredible honour and I look forward to the campaign!

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Eastleigh candidates announced

The Liberal Democrats have announced Mike Thornton as their candidate for the Eastleigh by-election, and the Conservatives have selected Maria Hutchings as theirs. Labour and UKIP have yet to announce their candidates.