Politicians hope to gain puppy power by taking dogs on Eastleigh campaign trail

Dogs have their day campaigning

National Health Action Party supporter Trish Hann with dog Sparky.

The Monster Raving Loony Party’s Howling Laud Hope talks to a UKIP supporter.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

They seem to be the must-have accessory for campaigners in the political world – and candidates in the Eastleigh by-election hope it will prove to be the paw-fect way to secure those vital votes.

Politicians and their supporters alike have taken to the streets of the constituency with their dogs in a bid to win the hearts of residents.

While candidates from the three main political parties have walked through Eastleigh alongside Government ministers and political bigwigs in a bid to attract votes, others have turned to man’s best friend to add some bite to their campaigns.

A host of political pooches have been out and about in the constituency, as supporters start to pick up on the scent of a by-election victory.

As reported in Saturday’s Daily Echo, UK Independence Party candidate Diane James visited the proposed gravel pit site in Hamble with her dog, Skye, to voice her objection to the controversial scheme.

She was closely followed on the streets of Eastleigh by another UKIP campaigner, who dressed his dog in a luminous jacket to help raise awareness of the party’s by-election bid.

As the National Health Action Party stepped up its bid to win the coveted seat, supporter Trish Hann took to the streets with her dog Sparky.

The radiographer, who is originally from Ringwood, took her political pooch along to the party’s by-election march on Sunday in a show of support for its candidate, Dr Iain MacLennan.

Also on the campaign trail at the weekend were 11-year-old Helena Vince and her dog Dash.

The duo nailed their political colours to the mast by sporting purple rosettes during a walkabout in Eastleigh, in support of independent candidate Danny Stupple.

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1:58pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Linesman says...

A more attractive dog than the Tory candidate.
A more attractive dog than the Tory candidate. Linesman
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2:37pm Tue 19 Feb 13

timothyvince says...

Where is the picture of Helena?
Where is the picture of Helena? timothyvince
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3:47pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

Political class has got to bring thier dogs along, because most well behaved dongs won't even pi55 of them!

Seriously it could be just because people have got switched off politics and members of the political class have hardly anyother friends left bar their faithful dogs.

Must confess NHA supporters dog looks great, and so is their cause, our NHS which we must save from enemies of Nye Bevan.
Political class has got to bring thier dogs along, because most well behaved dongs won't even pi55 of them! Seriously it could be just because people have got switched off politics and members of the political class have hardly anyother friends left bar their faithful dogs. Must confess NHA supporters dog looks great, and so is their cause, our NHS which we must save from enemies of Nye Bevan. Paramjit Bahia
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4:28pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Stillness says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Political class has got to bring thier dogs along, because most well behaved dongs won't even pi55 of them!

Seriously it could be just because people have got switched off politics and members of the political class have hardly anyother friends left bar their faithful dogs.

Must confess NHA supporters dog looks great, and so is their cause, our NHS which we must save from enemies of Nye Bevan.
Nye Bevan has enemies? Time for you to move on I think.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Political class has got to bring thier dogs along, because most well behaved dongs won't even pi55 of them! Seriously it could be just because people have got switched off politics and members of the political class have hardly anyother friends left bar their faithful dogs. Must confess NHA supporters dog looks great, and so is their cause, our NHS which we must save from enemies of Nye Bevan.[/p][/quote]Nye Bevan has enemies? Time for you to move on I think. Stillness
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4:56pm Tue 19 Feb 13

8089 says...

Dog or no dog won't make a scrap of difference to me who I would vote for!
Dog or no dog won't make a scrap of difference to me who I would vote for! 8089
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5:47pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Stillness says...

So its true then' the country has really gone to the dogs. In that case things should start improving soon.
So its true then' the country has really gone to the dogs. In that case things should start improving soon. Stillness
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9:23am Wed 20 Feb 13

timothyvince says...

Where is the picture of Dash?
Where is the picture of Dash? timothyvince
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7:03pm Wed 20 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Vote Hope, the rest are barking.
Vote Hope, the rest are barking. OSPREYSAINT
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3:33am Thu 21 Feb 13

Dan Soton says...

Send in the pet clones.. NHA look like the Tories, policies like Nu-Labour.


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1) Nu-Labour's (SHA) Socialist Health Association advocates the Fluoridation of all drinking Water.




2) Nu-Labour's (SHA) Socialist Health Association advocates adding Fluoride to Milk ( when all Milking Cows will be drinking Fluoridated Water ?)



3) Nu-Labour's (SHA) Socialist Health Association advocates the promotion of Fluoride products in all Schools, Anti-natal sessions etc.




THE SOCIALIST HEALTH ASSOCIATION WAS FOUNDED IN 1930 TO CAMPAIGN FOR A NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE AND IS AFFILIATED TO THE LABOUR PARTY.

Evidence to the Health Select Committee 2007.

We are a membership organisation with members who work in and use the NHS. We include doctors and dentists and other clinicians, managers, board members and patients. Our members are involved in a wide variety of consultation and involvement processes in health and social care. We are particularly concerned that dental services are available to all who need them and that they contribute to improved oral health and reduce inequalities.

It must be recognised that the provision of NHS dental care services is one aspect of improving oral health. PCTs also need to provide or commission community based oral health promotion programmes eg WATER FLUORIDATION, OTHER FLUORIDE USE SUCH AS FLUORIDE VARNISH PROGRAMMES, FLUORIDATED MILK PROGRAMMES, DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN SCHOOLS, ANTI-NATAL SESSIONS ETC. The successful implementation of such preventive programmes, in conjunction with practice-based prevention will reduce the future need for treatment.


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http://www.sochealth
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Send in the pet clones.. NHA look like the Tories, policies like Nu-Labour. - 1) Nu-Labour's (SHA) Socialist Health Association advocates the Fluoridation of all drinking Water. 2) Nu-Labour's (SHA) Socialist Health Association advocates adding Fluoride to Milk ( when all Milking Cows will be drinking Fluoridated Water ?) 3) Nu-Labour's (SHA) Socialist Health Association advocates the promotion of Fluoride products in all Schools, Anti-natal sessions etc. THE SOCIALIST HEALTH ASSOCIATION WAS FOUNDED IN 1930 TO CAMPAIGN FOR A NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE AND IS AFFILIATED TO THE LABOUR PARTY. Evidence to the Health Select Committee 2007. We are a membership organisation with members who work in and use the NHS. We include doctors and dentists and other clinicians, managers, board members and patients. Our members are involved in a wide variety of consultation and involvement processes in health and social care. We are particularly concerned that dental services are available to all who need them and that they contribute to improved oral health and reduce inequalities. It must be recognised that the provision of NHS dental care services is one aspect of improving oral health. PCTs also need to provide or commission community based oral health promotion programmes eg WATER FLUORIDATION, OTHER FLUORIDE USE SUCH AS FLUORIDE VARNISH PROGRAMMES, FLUORIDATED MILK PROGRAMMES, DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN SCHOOLS, ANTI-NATAL SESSIONS ETC. The successful implementation of such preventive programmes, in conjunction with practice-based prevention will reduce the future need for treatment. - http://www.sochealth .co.uk/socialist-hea lth-association-poli cy/nhs-policies/prim ary-care-dental-serv ice/ Dan Soton
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