Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Thornton and a local voter
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Eastleigh voter quizzes Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton over Lord Rennard row

The Liberal Democrat candidate in the Eastleigh by-election Mike Thornton has been challenged in the street over allegations that the Party's former Chief Executive sexually harassed women.

Lord Rennard refutes the allegations and is promising to co-operate with what he calls "any properly constituted inquiry".

The BBC's political correspondent Norman Smith describes how the encounter with a former policeman risked undermining the party's campaigning in the key marginal constituency.

The BBC's Norman Smith's day in Eastlleigh

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