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UKIP MEP defects to Tories

The MEP Marta Andreasen has defected from the UK Independence Party to the Conservatives, saying it was partly due to UKIP leader not deciding to stand in the upcoming Eastleigh by-election.

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Eastleigh's by-election candidates

Here is a full list of Eastleigh's by-election candidates:

  • Colin Bex - Wessex Regionalists
  • David Bishop - Elvis Loves Pets Party
  • Jim Duggan - Peace Party
  • Ray Hall - Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party
  • Howling Laud Hope - Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party
  • Maria Hutchings - Conservative
  • Diane James - UK Independence Party
  • Dr Iain Maclennan - National Health Action Party
  • Kevin Milburn - Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
  • John O'Farrell - Labour
  • Darren Procter - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
  • Danny Stupple - Independent
  • Mike Thornton - Liberal Democrats
  • Michael Walters - English Democrats

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