Hamiltons bring a touch of showbiz to campaign trail

Daily Echo: Neil and Christine Hamilton. Neil and Christine Hamilton.

THEY are veterans of the campaign trail – and reality TV.

Neil and Christine Hamilton brought some showbiz glamour to the Eastleigh by-election – much to the surprise of residents in one Hampshire village.

The couple were knocking on doors in West End, canvassing support for the UK Independence Party candidate Diane James.

Former Tory MP Neil, who lost a safe Conservative seat after getting embroiled in the cash-for-questions scandal in the 1990s, believes there is a good chance it could be a watershed moment for the party he now supports.

Describing Eastleigh as a “three-way marginal”, he said this was the most high profile UKIP had been in an election contest.

“Previously we were treated as a fringe party and we have long since gone past the age when someone like David Cameron could call us fruitcakes and loonies,” he told the Daily Echo.

“Now he’s the one looking the odd one out because people like him are totally out of touch with the people. Clearly we’re in with a chance. If people get out and vote you may well be surprised.”

Neil, who is a member of the party’s national executive, said UKIP’s policies were about the right of Britain to govern itself rather than be controlled by the European Union and removing red tape and administration that was costing businesses, forcing some to close or pass on the cost to the customer.

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As someone who was involved in a political scandal, he was asked whether he had any advice for Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, but declined to comment.

Christine, who is best known for her stint in the jungle on reality TV show I’m A Celebrity, said she was pleased to be back on the campaign trail and delighted that UKIP was fielding a female candidate.

They knocked on doors of homes in roads including Old School Gardens and Princess Close, surprising a few unsuspecting homeowners. The latest opinion polls put UKIP third, behind the Liberal Democrats.

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12:34pm Tue 26 Feb 13

philgcdr says...

I am not sure about them and their history, but they certainly seem patriotic - anyway, I am currently pro an independent UK from the EU and issues that entails and thus support UKIP.org in general elections.
I am not sure about them and their history, but they certainly seem patriotic - anyway, I am currently pro an independent UK from the EU and issues that entails and thus support UKIP.org in general elections. philgcdr

1:23pm Tue 26 Feb 13

kingnotail says...

FFS please spare us this media-hungry pair of degenerates. Don't forget Neil Hamilton is so corrupt he was voted out of one of the safest Tory seats in the whole country.
FFS please spare us this media-hungry pair of degenerates. Don't forget Neil Hamilton is so corrupt he was voted out of one of the safest Tory seats in the whole country. kingnotail

1:40pm Tue 26 Feb 13

angelleb says...

Being in the EU has caused a massive overpopulation problem. The effects of this are:-

1) an over supply of unskilled labour in this country causing high unemployment among the poor working class and the associated welfare costs on the already overburdened taxpayers

2) housing shortage - high rental costs are driving up the cost of living, especially for the poorest - this also pushes up the housing benefit claims further burdening taxpayers.

3) the hospitals and schools weren't built to accomodate the new arrivals so the quality of healthcare and education has gone down.

A pity there wasn't more thought put into the EU open border policy. Germany has only just opened its borders up to eastern europe (last year I believe) so their mass immigration problem has only just started whereas we've already had a decade of it.
Being in the EU has caused a massive overpopulation problem. The effects of this are:- 1) an over supply of unskilled labour in this country causing high unemployment among the poor working class and the associated welfare costs on the already overburdened taxpayers 2) housing shortage - high rental costs are driving up the cost of living, especially for the poorest - this also pushes up the housing benefit claims further burdening taxpayers. 3) the hospitals and schools weren't built to accomodate the new arrivals so the quality of healthcare and education has gone down. A pity there wasn't more thought put into the EU open border policy. Germany has only just opened its borders up to eastern europe (last year I believe) so their mass immigration problem has only just started whereas we've already had a decade of it. angelleb

2:58pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Linesman says...

It is said that 'Birds of a feather, flock together.'

No wonder this pair teamed up with UKIP.
It is said that 'Birds of a feather, flock together.' No wonder this pair teamed up with UKIP. Linesman

2:58pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Linesman says...

It is said that 'Birds of a feather, flock together.'

No wonder this pair teamed up with UKIP.
It is said that 'Birds of a feather, flock together.' No wonder this pair teamed up with UKIP. Linesman

2:58pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Linesman says...

It is said that 'Birds of a feather, flock together.'

No wonder this pair teamed up with UKIP.
It is said that 'Birds of a feather, flock together.' No wonder this pair teamed up with UKIP. Linesman

9:03pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Farehamscareham says...

2 more good reasons to remember how bad and corrupt the last Tory government was.
2 more good reasons to remember how bad and corrupt the last Tory government was. Farehamscareham

9:18pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

angelleb wrote:
Being in the EU has caused a massive overpopulation problem. The effects of this are:-

1) an over supply of unskilled labour in this country causing high unemployment among the poor working class and the associated welfare costs on the already overburdened taxpayers

2) housing shortage - high rental costs are driving up the cost of living, especially for the poorest - this also pushes up the housing benefit claims further burdening taxpayers.

3) the hospitals and schools weren't built to accomodate the new arrivals so the quality of healthcare and education has gone down.

A pity there wasn't more thought put into the EU open border policy. Germany has only just opened its borders up to eastern europe (last year I believe) so their mass immigration problem has only just started whereas we've already had a decade of it.
Is it true that:- Farage calls for reform of Common Fisheries Policy to 'end discards' and 'protect British fishing' then doesn't vote and the other UKIP MEP's abstain.
.
[quote][p][bold]angelleb[/bold] wrote: Being in the EU has caused a massive overpopulation problem. The effects of this are:- 1) an over supply of unskilled labour in this country causing high unemployment among the poor working class and the associated welfare costs on the already overburdened taxpayers 2) housing shortage - high rental costs are driving up the cost of living, especially for the poorest - this also pushes up the housing benefit claims further burdening taxpayers. 3) the hospitals and schools weren't built to accomodate the new arrivals so the quality of healthcare and education has gone down. A pity there wasn't more thought put into the EU open border policy. Germany has only just opened its borders up to eastern europe (last year I believe) so their mass immigration problem has only just started whereas we've already had a decade of it.[/p][/quote]Is it true that:- Farage calls for reform of Common Fisheries Policy to 'end discards' and 'protect British fishing' then doesn't vote and the other UKIP MEP's abstain. . Lone Ranger.

10:08pm Tue 26 Feb 13

wake up says...

why has neil dressed up like ELMER FUDD ? " wheres that Wwwrugged Wwwabbit !!!!
did neil take fashion tips from

GOK WAN ?

yeh ! work it neil ! work it !
why has neil dressed up like ELMER FUDD ? " wheres that Wwwrugged Wwwabbit !!!! did neil take fashion tips from GOK WAN ? yeh ! work it neil ! work it ! wake up

11:34am Wed 27 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

angelleb wrote:
Being in the EU has caused a massive overpopulation problem. The effects of this are:-

1) an over supply of unskilled labour in this country causing high unemployment among the poor working class and the associated welfare costs on the already overburdened taxpayers

2) housing shortage - high rental costs are driving up the cost of living, especially for the poorest - this also pushes up the housing benefit claims further burdening taxpayers.

3) the hospitals and schools weren't built to accomodate the new arrivals so the quality of healthcare and education has gone down.

A pity there wasn't more thought put into the EU open border policy. Germany has only just opened its borders up to eastern europe (last year I believe) so their mass immigration problem has only just started whereas we've already had a decade of it.
The UKIP posters are from a PR company working on behalf of UKIP.
.
They are representative of the local area just trolling imports.
.
There are about six of them jumping on every political topic.
.
Just ignore them as they wont be around much longer and neither will alarmist so called politician
[quote][p][bold]angelleb[/bold] wrote: Being in the EU has caused a massive overpopulation problem. The effects of this are:- 1) an over supply of unskilled labour in this country causing high unemployment among the poor working class and the associated welfare costs on the already overburdened taxpayers 2) housing shortage - high rental costs are driving up the cost of living, especially for the poorest - this also pushes up the housing benefit claims further burdening taxpayers. 3) the hospitals and schools weren't built to accomodate the new arrivals so the quality of healthcare and education has gone down. A pity there wasn't more thought put into the EU open border policy. Germany has only just opened its borders up to eastern europe (last year I believe) so their mass immigration problem has only just started whereas we've already had a decade of it.[/p][/quote]The UKIP posters are from a PR company working on behalf of UKIP. . They are representative of the local area just trolling imports. . There are about six of them jumping on every political topic. . Just ignore them as they wont be around much longer and neither will alarmist so called politician Lone Ranger.

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