UKIP supporter hurt after Eastleigh town centre fall

Daily Echo: The injured woman was trying to drum up support for Diane James The injured woman was trying to drum up support for Diane James

Emergency services were called to the aid of a political canvasser this morning.

Eileen Bessant, who is in her 70s, cut her head when she tripped on a paving slab at 11am while canvassing for UKIP in Eastleigh town centre.

She is a long-standing party member who had travelled from West Moors in Dorset to help the party in the run up to the Eastleigh by-election next week.

Police and paramedics were on the scene outside Santander and treated her injury inside the bank.

She is not thought to be in a serious condition.

John Butler, 54, chair of UKIP Poole and Mid Dorset, who was with Eileen at the time, said: "Knowing Eileen she'll be back out here canvassing again in no time. She won't sit still for long.

"Canvassing is a hazardous job. Last week, MEP Stuart Agnew fractured his leg when he slipped on the ice while canvassing for us in Eastleigh."

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12:25pm Thu 21 Feb 13

townhill boy says...

Shame she didn't fall on Mr Cameron
Shame she didn't fall on Mr Cameron townhill boy

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