EXCLUSIVE: By-Election Alert as Road Trip 2015 Set For Portsmouth-South.

TBG can this evening exclusively reveal that #RoadTrip2015, the Conservative Party's flagship campaign strategy, is to sail into Portsmouth-South on July 12th.

The seat has become a target for the Conservatives recently after they took control of the council last month on a night that also saw part of the Lib Dems vote collapse and local MP Mike Hancock and his wife lose their seats.

Hancock has won the Parliamentary Seat for the Liberal Democrats the last four times it has been contested in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2010 but despite also winning a by-election for the SDP Liberal Allianace in 1984, Tory David Martin won by just over 200 votes twice in the General Elections in 1987 and 1992.

Ironically, the Road Trip comes just days before the Lib Dems formally advertise their vacancy for a PPC to replace Hancock with former Council Leader Gerald Vernon Jackson set to be the front runner.

Sitting MP Mike Hancock has been in a legal battle over sexual harassment allegations for some-time now and is reported to be about to settle out of court. May he be about to resign his seat too?

UKIP are certainly excited tonight according to sources, with National Party Chairman Stephen Crowther "set to release a statement shortly" on the seat, which TBG has speculated Nigel Farage is most interested in.

A Tory source told TBG tonight - "If there is a by-election anytime soon we will have hundreds of boots on the ground."