Naked Rambler Stephen Gough supports Liberal Democrats in Eastleigh by-election

Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler

Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler

Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler

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EASTLEIGH'S famous naked rambler has pinned his colours to the mast ahead of the town's fiercely contested by-election.

Stephen Gough has been freed after going to prison for public nudity and is now back home in his constituency.

Now he has revealed his political allegiance - by coming out as a Liberal Democrat.

Eastleigh Borough councillor Mike Thornton will contest the seat for the Lib Dems which has become vacant after disgraced former MP Chris Huhne dramatically pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

But Mr Gough, 53, has admitted he "probably won't vote" when the election takes place on February 28.

Last week Mr Gough  walked free from court after charges of outraging public decency against him were dropped.

He was walking naked from the Scottish border to his mother’s home in  when he was arrested in Carterton, West Oxfordshire, on December 4, last year.

The 53-year-old, of Eastleigh, Hampshire, spent Christmas in custody while his defence team contested charges of outraging public decency which were dropped last week.

 

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11:09am Thu 14 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

Im sure the lib dems will be glad of his support!
Im sure the lib dems will be glad of his support! Subject48
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11:16am Thu 14 Feb 13

userds5050 says...

Brings a whole new meaning to member of parliament.
Brings a whole new meaning to member of parliament. userds5050
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12:20pm Thu 14 Feb 13

jonnyx says...

daily echo in shock - genuinely pretty funny piece of reporting.
daily echo in shock - genuinely pretty funny piece of reporting. jonnyx
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12:24pm Thu 14 Feb 13

SuperFreak says...

It's a shame he couldn't keep his clothes on whilst walking past several schools on Tuesday at finish time!!

He may wish to walk around naked but there's a time and a place to do it. I dont subject my kids to those types of things within my own 4 walls so they shouldn't have to be witness to it outside
It's a shame he couldn't keep his clothes on whilst walking past several schools on Tuesday at finish time!! He may wish to walk around naked but there's a time and a place to do it. I dont subject my kids to those types of things within my own 4 walls so they shouldn't have to be witness to it outside SuperFreak
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12:31pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Yorkyboy22 says...

SuperFreak wrote:
It's a shame he couldn't keep his clothes on whilst walking past several schools on Tuesday at finish time!! He may wish to walk around naked but there's a time and a place to do it. I dont subject my kids to those types of things within my own 4 walls so they shouldn't have to be witness to it outside
You're right SuperFreak. I certainly wouldn't want my children to be subjected to the sight of a Liberal Democrat! Liars and Tory enablers that they are.
[quote][p][bold]SuperFreak[/bold] wrote: It's a shame he couldn't keep his clothes on whilst walking past several schools on Tuesday at finish time!! He may wish to walk around naked but there's a time and a place to do it. I dont subject my kids to those types of things within my own 4 walls so they shouldn't have to be witness to it outside[/p][/quote]You're right SuperFreak. I certainly wouldn't want my children to be subjected to the sight of a Liberal Democrat! Liars and Tory enablers that they are. Yorkyboy22
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12:37pm Thu 14 Feb 13

aldermoorboy says...

He could well lose the election for the Liberals, all other parties will welcome the fact he is not supporting them.
He could well lose the election for the Liberals, all other parties will welcome the fact he is not supporting them. aldermoorboy
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12:42pm Thu 14 Feb 13

rich the stitch says...

I hope thats not attached using a safety pin.
I hope thats not attached using a safety pin. rich the stitch
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12:58pm Thu 14 Feb 13

The Wickham Man says...

I'm glad he's grown that Rasputin beard. I was starting to think he looked a little odd.
I'm glad he's grown that Rasputin beard. I was starting to think he looked a little odd. The Wickham Man
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1:29pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Tenderhearts wife says...

what a Non-story! I agree with aldermoorboy it will prob do the lib dems more harm than good. To be honest im glad I dont live anywhere near him, would put me off my cornflakes!
what a Non-story! I agree with aldermoorboy it will prob do the lib dems more harm than good. To be honest im glad I dont live anywhere near him, would put me off my cornflakes! Tenderhearts wife
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1:47pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Jules95 says...

Can't imagine why on earth he thinks anyone would want ot look at his body - it's making me feel nauseous!
Can't imagine why on earth he thinks anyone would want ot look at his body - it's making me feel nauseous! Jules95
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2:04pm Thu 14 Feb 13

gnsp2545 says...

@ Jules95, then don't look at him!! He doesn't do this because he's an exibitionist, he is just trying to put over the point that he wishes to live his life his way. Welcome home Steve.
@ Jules95, then don't look at him!! He doesn't do this because he's an exibitionist, he is just trying to put over the point that he wishes to live his life his way. Welcome home Steve. gnsp2545
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2:13pm Thu 14 Feb 13

ohec says...

Click he for more it says,
I think i have seen enough.

Sums up the LibDems nicely a right load of Dicks.
Click he for more it says, I think i have seen enough. Sums up the LibDems nicely a right load of Dicks. ohec
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4:23pm Thu 14 Feb 13

S!monOn says...

gnsp2545 wrote:
@ Jules95, then don't look at him!! He doesn't do this because he's an exibitionist, he is just trying to put over the point that he wishes to live his life his way. Welcome home Steve.
Actually, he's probably doing it because he wants to live his life as an exhibitionist.

There are other ways of demonstrating that he wishes to live his life his way.... so he doesn't have to choose to walk around naked.
[quote][p][bold]gnsp2545[/bold] wrote: @ Jules95, then don't look at him!! He doesn't do this because he's an exibitionist, he is just trying to put over the point that he wishes to live his life his way. Welcome home Steve.[/p][/quote]Actually, he's probably doing it because he wants to live his life as an exhibitionist. There are other ways of demonstrating that he wishes to live his life his way.... so he doesn't have to choose to walk around naked. S!monOn
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5:45pm Thu 14 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

Dear Echo, Can you please stop giving this man media attention.

I couldn't care less who he votes for, he is a nutter!

I wonder which reporter had the pleasure of visiting him, have they now gone on long term sick leave?
Dear Echo, Can you please stop giving this man media attention. I couldn't care less who he votes for, he is a nutter! I wonder which reporter had the pleasure of visiting him, have they now gone on long term sick leave? IronLady2010
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7:29pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Linesman says...

No sign of a general erection!
No sign of a general erection! Linesman
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10:55pm Thu 14 Feb 13

sparkster says...

ha ha i like that Linesman hope he can keep it up!!!!!!!!
ha ha i like that Linesman hope he can keep it up!!!!!!!! sparkster
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12:43am Sat 16 Feb 13

snakeops says...

Nice Shot! Mr Gough. I hardly recognised you without your hat on.
Vote Gough!
Nice Shot! Mr Gough. I hardly recognised you without your hat on. Vote Gough! snakeops
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12:54pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Zozimus says...

No 1 For Stephen. Would bring a welcome honesty to politics.
No 1 For Stephen. Would bring a welcome honesty to politics. Zozimus
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7:35pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Pikey-Biker says...

lock the silly fool up
lock the silly fool up Pikey-Biker
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