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Eastleigh by-election: 20 February – Boris finds it hard to locate Tory voters

Eastleigh by-election: 20 February – Boris finds it hard to locate Tory voters

Storified by Mark Pack· Wed, Feb 20 2013 09:45:28

Over 200 helpers again today for the Liberal Democrat campaign, as…
Tories sniff defeat as bullish Lib Dems pour into EastleighRecord numbers of Liberal Democrats have been drafted in to the pivotal Eastleigh by-election contest amid growing Conservative jitters t…
Conservative candidates are however rather less keen at turning up to help:
Tory Turnout Trouble in EastleighAs next week’s by-election looks more and more like a LibDem hold, it seems Tory PPCs don’t much fancy making the journey south. Guido he…
And of course Maria Hutchings isn’t helping:
Eastleigh candidate’s tweets cause a riot | The TimesMaria Hutchings, the Tory candidate in the Eastleigh by-election, stood by controversial remarks on her Twitter account during the London…
And Maria Hutchings continues to dodge media events:

“Victoria Derbyshire is hosting her 5Live show tomorrow in Eastleigh, in front of a live audience.


“All the four main party candidates (LD, Con, Lab, UKIP) have been invited and it should be the highest profile hustings of the campaign to date. It should be lively event.


“Except, I’m told, there will be one absence: Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings is ‘too busy’ to attend, the BBC has been informed.”


Read the full story here:

Ave Maria? |Wednesday 20th February 2013 | 15:27 Ave Maria? Victoria Derbyshire is hosting her 5Live show tomorrow in Eastleigh, in front of a live a…
Whilst as the Financial Times reports, Boris Johnson has been finding it hard to locate Tory supporters in the seat:
Colleague says "Boris Johnson knocked up an entire street" in Eastleigh and didn’t find a single Tory voter. Unfortunate choice of words.Jim Pickard
The one issue on which the Tories are not on the defensive and dodging candidate-gaffes is planning:
Nick Clegg defends 1,400 homes planDeputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has defended a decision to build 1,400 homes in Hampshire, saying they are n…
That makes it Nick Clegg’s third by-election visit in a matter of a few days – clearly a sign that the by-election campaign team considers him an asset when it comes to winning votes.
Former leader Ming Campbell has also been visiting, and has been playing down expectations:
Former Lib Dem leader joins Eastleigh Campaign trailSir Menzies Campbell says party is not complacent over by-election prospects 1:10pm Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News Sir Menzies Campbe…
Meanwhile, UKIP has picked up the support of two former Liberal Democrat councillors who left the party in 2011:
Lib-Dems defect to UKIP | WINCHESTER NEWS ONLINETwo former LIberal Democrat councillors will be supporting UKIP in the upcoming Eastleigh by-election, WINOL has learned Former Mayor of …
One of them, former Mayor Glynn Davies-Dear, has a particularly lively track-record, having got into trouble and been censured for driving a car without a car tax disc. He then lost his seat in 2012 after failing to get his nomination papers in on time. (He says he posted them several weeks in advance and only realised there was a problem when the list of nominated candidates was published, making the basic mistake of failing to check his nomination papers had been received and were all ok, which is standard practice for candidates and agents in British local elections.) Aside from switching to UKIP, he also appears on the latest Tory election leaflet (!).

The other, Andy Moore, did restand after leaving the party and was defeated in 2011. He subsequently made a complaint about the conduct of the Lib Dem campaign, which was rejected.

On to other news from the campaign…
Who’ll be left standing when the Tories’ secret weapon goes bang? – TelegraphThe impact is seen by some in Labour as so potentially difficult that Mr Miliband’s strategists are talking to their counterparts in Aust…
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You can also keep up with the Eastleigh by-election news via Stephen Tall’s round-ups:
Eastleigh By-election | Stephen TallI wonder if Labour HQ wish they’d read John O’Farrell’s 1998 book, Things Can Only Get Better, a little more carefully before he was sele…
All my previous round-ups are here:
Eastleigh | Mark PackView the story "Eastleigh by-election: 16 February – Dale vs Tall, my visit and other stories" on Storify] Eastleigh by-election: 16 Febr…

Read the previous round-ups from the Eastleigh by-election

All the previous daily round-ups about the Eastleigh campaign are here.
 
 

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