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.

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UKIP targets four-way fight in Eastleigh by-election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he decided against running in the Eastleigh by-election because he had "enough on my plate" but vowed to turn the seat into a four-way marginal fight.

Farage, who kicked off the party's campaign in Hampshire today, told ITV Meridian that Eastleigh was a "very interesting" and "fascinating" by-election.

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