Havant: Tories face tough fight on the night

The Tory stranglehold on Havant faces one of its biggest challenges for years in the council elections.

The biggest-ever team of candidates from the UK Independence Party is set to contest nine seats in the council chamber.

The party says it wants to provide an opposition party to the dominant Conservatives, who have 31 of the council's 38 seats.

And there are some surprise candidates in the mix this year, including two members of the English Democrats Party.

All together 14 ward seats for Havant Borough Council are up for grabs on the May 1 election.

A total of 55 candidates from across the political spectrum are busy canvassing the streets with their manifestos on housing, parking, the environment and transport.

Labour and Liberal Democrats have a strong showing this year with a candidate put forward in each of the 14 wards.

There are two Green Party candidates in the St Faith's and Purbrook Wards.

Cllr Virginia Steel, the Labour candidate for Warren Park, said: 'I am concerned about a lot of these what I call 'fringe' parties.

'But it is people's democratic right if that's who they choose to vote for.

'My main concern is that people come out to vote and express their opinion.'