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Mortgage adviser to fight for Chris Huhne’s old seat

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Mortgage adviser to fight for Chris Huhne’s old seat

A mortgage adviser has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight for the parliamentary seat of disgraced former energy secretary Chris Huhne.

The Lib Dems have chosen local councillor Mike Thornton, a mortgage adviser at Southampton-based Simply Finance, as their candidate to stand in the upcoming Eastleigh by-election triggered by Hulne’s dramatic departure from the House of Commons.

Thornton was elected after a vote in the Hampshire constituency on Saturday.

Huhne (pictured) resigned as an MP as he admitted perverting the course of justice last week.

Thornton will stand on 28 February against Tory candidate Maria Hutchings.

Thornton's campaign will focus on bringing jobs and investment into the area.

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