Satirist Author John O'Farrell Selected As Labour's Candidate For Eastleigh By-Election

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Labour has selected author and satirist John O'Farrell as its candidate to fight the Eastleigh by-election.

Announced on Wednesday night, O'Farrell is the last of the main party candidates to be picked for the contest on February 28, which was triggered when Liberal Democrat ex-Cabinet minister Chris Huhne resigned in disgrace.

The Lib Dems are favourite to retain the seat, which Huhne secured at the 2010 general election with a majority of 3,864. Local councillor Mike Thornton is representing the party.

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However, the Tories have signalled they are setting aside coalition links to mount a fierce campaign.

They have selected Maria Hutchings, a staunch eurosceptic and opponent of David Cameron's gay marriage policy.

Earlier today, Ukip candidate Diane James said Romanians were associated with crime and called for a temporary halt to all immigration.

James was in the Hampshire constituency for a rally with supporters aided by Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

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