The MEP Marta Andreasen has defected from the UK Independence Party to the Conservatives, saying it was partly due to the UKIP leader not deciding to stand in the upcoming Eastleigh by-election.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports on the Eastleigh by-election:
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.