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The BBC’s left-leaning tendencies are well documented – so it was no real surprise to see the prejudice had made its way down to the regions.

During the local slot on The Politics Show last Sunday, debate centred quite rightly on the Eastleigh by-election.

Taking part were the Lib Dem leader of the town’s local council, a Conservative MP from Bournemouth and the Labour member for Southampton Test, Alan Whitehead, who seems to have a season ticket on the programme.

However, conspicuous by its absence was UKIP. The Euro-sceptic party finished in second place and was the only one to increase its share of the vote.

But it was not considered important enough to join the debate. I wonder why?