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FROM a convicted criminal, to the council leader’s daughter, and a dad who gave his son a kidney – Gosport has a colourful batch of candidates for the May elections.

Independent Dale Fletcher is standing in the borough’s most contested seat of Brockhurst just a year after admitting harassing a woman.

Five candidates are vying for the seat, including one from Ukip, which said it would stand a candidate in each of the 17 wards up for election.

But the party is standing just 11 candidates, with Labour and the Conservatives putting up 17, while the Liberal Democrats have six.

Ukip’s Tim Apps, who is standing in Privett Ward, says illness and strong political attacks has put people off standing for the party.

He said: ‘There were some vitriolic attacks which led to people deciding they don’t want to be in the public domain.’ Mr Apps says he is campaigning on cycle lanes and Stanley Park work.

Natasha Hook, 18, the daughter of Cllr Lynn Hook and council leader Mark Hook hopes to join her parents in the council chamber on the Tory benches.

Standing in Rowner and Holbrook, she wants to boost youth representation. She said: ‘Politics is something I’ve been brought up with.’

Lib Dem Ed Goncalves, who donated a kidney to his son Luis, is standing in Grange.

Dave Smith, who is owed thousands from Gosport Borough FC, is standing in Grange and his son-in-law Luke is standing in Forton. Both are Labour candidates.

Full list of candidates here