UKIP leader Nigel Farage was in Eastleigh to drum up support for his party’s campaign which he said would be fought on immigration.

Mr Farage – pictured with stallholder Gary Williams in the town market – said: “Our number one issue is that this country faces a second massive migratory wave”

He added the pressure on housing, education and services from immigration “poses a major problem” for the country, especially if people from other countries claim benefits.

“If we can rally our support like we have in the last three by-elections in Rotherham, in Middlesbrough and in Corby then this seat could become a four-way marginal,” he added.