UKIP put forward candidate with same name as council leader

Council leader Keith House

UKIP candidate John House

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IT’S House versus House in Eastleigh as the election battle heats up in the borough.

Liberal Democrats council leader Keith House believes UKIP are trying to lose him votes, by putting a candidate with the same name up against him.

John House will compete with Cllr House in his Hedge End Wildern seat, but UKIP say it is just a coincidence that they have the same name.

Longstanding Lib Dem council leader Keith House believes UKIP have adopted a deliberate ploy to lose him votes, by putting his namesake up against him.

He said: “It is clearly juvenile politics – this chap isn’t even from Hedge End, he’s from Chandler’s Ford.

“UKIP are playing a fairly silly game, but I suppose that’s their level.”

He added that his party are campaigning on their own record in power, saying: “We’ve kept council tax low, protected services from cuts and kept people informed, as well as attracting investment in and creating jobs.”

But UKIP are looking to build on recent successes in Eastleigh.

They came second to Lib Dem Mike Thornton at last year’s parliamentary by-election.

And the party gained three seats in the town in last year’s Hampshire County Council elections.

Jim Saunders, the party’s candidate in the Eastleigh South ward, said it was a “coincidence” that John House had been put up against his namesake.

He added: “I’m doing this because I think enough is enough, and someone needs to make a stand against the Lib Dems.”

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11:15am Wed 30 Apr 14

one in a million says...

Dont care what or how it is done but Keith House must go and take his arrogance and disregard for the people of Eastleith with him.
Dont care what or how it is done but Keith House must go and take his arrogance and disregard for the people of Eastleith with him. one in a million
  • Score: 14

12:45pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Outside of the Box says...

I don't care if both the House's get demolished.
I don't care if both the House's get demolished. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Outside of the Box says...

I wonder what these Houses views on the bedroom tax are?
I wonder what these Houses views on the bedroom tax are? Outside of the Box
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Wed 30 Apr 14

03alpe01 says...

Will this other House guy build houses on Countryside and waste everyone's Council tax money on a posh hotel for executives?
Will this other House guy build houses on Countryside and waste everyone's Council tax money on a posh hotel for executives? 03alpe01
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Tuning says...

After a few years most people want a new house.
After a few years most people want a new house. Tuning
  • Score: 3

1:44pm Wed 30 Apr 14

From the sidelines says...

With the apparent popularity of UKIP locally, it might be worth a tactical vote.

Anything but another term of Keith House's misrepresentations and misguided spending.
With the apparent popularity of UKIP locally, it might be worth a tactical vote. Anything but another term of Keith House's misrepresentations and misguided spending. From the sidelines
  • Score: 8

3:28pm Wed 30 Apr 14

southy says...

From the sidelines wrote:
With the apparent popularity of UKIP locally, it might be worth a tactical vote.

Anything but another term of Keith House's misrepresentations and misguided spending.
Just check out who standing and where in Southampton only 11 UKIP candidates for 17 ward elections there,s a by-election in Millbrook also, so you are right about their popularity in that small area of Hampshire.
John house I am sure I seen him before taking part in local elections could be wrong lo
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: With the apparent popularity of UKIP locally, it might be worth a tactical vote. Anything but another term of Keith House's misrepresentations and misguided spending.[/p][/quote]Just check out who standing and where in Southampton only 11 UKIP candidates for 17 ward elections there,s a by-election in Millbrook also, so you are right about their popularity in that small area of Hampshire. John house I am sure I seen him before taking part in local elections could be wrong lo southy
  • Score: 0

12:34am Thu 1 May 14

stay local says...

southy wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
With the apparent popularity of UKIP locally, it might be worth a tactical vote.

Anything but another term of Keith House's misrepresentations and misguided spending.
Just check out who standing and where in Southampton only 11 UKIP candidates for 17 ward elections there,s a by-election in Millbrook also, so you are right about their popularity in that small area of Hampshire.
John house I am sure I seen him before taking part in local elections could be wrong lo
My question Southy is why are their no candidates standing for the TUSC. you told us they were a growing party. There is another new party standing Trade unionists and socialists against cuts or TUSAC, are they splitters! Also why were you deselected after your head to head battle with the liberal party. Were your phone box massive afraid of competition from the stronger Elvis loves pets party, or were your well know fantasies and lack of credibility the real reason?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: With the apparent popularity of UKIP locally, it might be worth a tactical vote. Anything but another term of Keith House's misrepresentations and misguided spending.[/p][/quote]Just check out who standing and where in Southampton only 11 UKIP candidates for 17 ward elections there,s a by-election in Millbrook also, so you are right about their popularity in that small area of Hampshire. John house I am sure I seen him before taking part in local elections could be wrong lo[/p][/quote]My question Southy is why are their no candidates standing for the TUSC. you told us they were a growing party. There is another new party standing Trade unionists and socialists against cuts or TUSAC, are they splitters! Also why were you deselected after your head to head battle with the liberal party. Were your phone box massive afraid of competition from the stronger Elvis loves pets party, or were your well know fantasies and lack of credibility the real reason? stay local
  • Score: 0

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