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Eastleigh, 2013

A by-election was held for the Eastleigh constituency on 28 February 2013 following the resignation of Lib Dems MP Chris Huhne, after he admitted to perverting the course of justice.

Michael Thornton held the seat for the Lib Dems.

Vote Share
Lib Dems

Party Candidate Votes Vote % Change
Lib Dems Michael Thornton 13,342 32.1% -14.4%
UKIP Diane James 11,571 27.8% +24.2%
Conservative Maria Hutchings 10,559 25.4% -13.9%
Labour John O'Farrell 4,088 9.8% +0.2%
Independent Danny Stupple 768 1.8% +1.8%
National Health Action Iain MacLennan 392 0.9% +0.9%
Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Ray Hall 235 0.6% +0.6%
Christian Kevin Milburn 163 0.4% +0.4%
Loony 'Howling Laud' Hope 136 0.3% +0.3%
Peace Jim Duggan 128 0.3% +0.3%
Elvis Loves Pets David Bishop 72 0.2% +0.2%
English Democrats Michael Walters 70 0.2% -0.3%
TUSC Daz Procter 62 0.1% +0.1%
Wessex Regionalists Colin Bex 30 0.1% +0.1%

2010 Result
Vote Share
Lib Dems
English Democrats

Party Candidate Votes Vote %
Lib Dems Chris Huhne 24,966 46.5%
Conservative Maria Hutchings 21,102 39.3%
Labour Leo Barraclough 5,153 9.6%
UKIP Ray Finch 1,933 3.6%
English Democrats Tony Pewsey 249 0.5%
Independent Dave Stone 154 0.3%
National Liberal Keith Low 93 0.2%

Visit the Forum Thread for This Election

"Why, on the eve of Eastleigh, the allegations relating to Lord Rennard reach right up to Nick Clegg's door"
The Independent, 24 February
"Voters want to 'give Chris Huhne a kicking'"
Daily Mail, 24 February
"Eastleigh byelection: naked ambition for Lib Dems in Hampshire town"
The Guardian, 24 February
"Calm down dears, it's only a by-election"
The Independent, 24 February
"Support grows for Eastleigh Ukip candidate"
The Independent, 24 February
"Shock lead Tories in must-win Eastleigh: Cameron boosted by 4% surge over Lib Dems in neck and neck by-election"
Daily Mail, 24 February
"David Cameron needs a miracle to win"
The Mirror, 24 February
"The weirdness of Eastleigh"
The Economist, 23 February
"Eastleigh By Election: Could It be Surprise Victory For Conservative Maria Hutchings?"
Huffington Post, 23 February
"Eastleigh by-election and credit rating blow hold twin terrors for the Tories"
The Guardian, 23 February
"Candidate threats to write sons out of will over election row"
Southern Daily Echo, 23 February
"How Eastleigh will show Labour is working"
The Spectator, 23 February
"Eric Pickles in Eastleigh: Lib Dems are holding Tories back"
The Spectator, 22 February
"Eastleigh Tory candidate Maria Hutchings: 'I am not being hidden'"
The Guardian, 22 February
"David Cameron will face leadership crisis if Tories lose Eastleigh by-election, says Nigel Farage"
The Telegraph, 22 February
"Labour fears fourth place behind Ukip in Eastleigh by-election"
The Independent, 22 February
"Eastleigh byelection: Tories urged to tell voters Chris Huhne is a liar"
The Guardian, 22 February
"PM blasts BBC over Eastleigh debate"
London Evening Standard, 21 February
"Has anyone seen Maria Hutchings? Lib Dems go on the attack"
New Statesman, 21 February
"Tory Eastleigh candidate under fire for missing BBC hustings"
The Guardian, 21 February
"Eastleigh candidate's hustings pullout sparks Cameron row with BBC"
The Guardian, 21 February
"How do you solve a problem like Maria Hutchings? David Cameron rages as Tory hopeful misses hustings"
The Mirror, 21 February
"David Cameron attacks BBC over 'stupid' Eastleigh by-election coverage"
The Telegraph, 21 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Campaign battle enters final week"
BBC News, 21 February
"PM in Eastleigh by-election row after BBC aired radio debate without Tory candidate"
The Express, 21 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Cameron defends Maria Hutchings"
BBC News, 21 February
"The Eastleigh by-election is a horrible warning for the Tories"
The Telegraph, 21 February
"Eastleigh byelection: PM denies Tories hiding away 'loose cannon' candidate"
The Guardian, 21 February
"Make no mistake, the Eastleigh byelection is a pivotal political event"
The Guardian, 21 February
"Former Eastleigh Lib Dem mayor defects to Ukip after 'Chris Huhne's lies'"
The Telegraph, 20 February
"Lib-Dem ‘wobbling jellies’ deserve a kicking, says Boris"
London Evening Standard, 20 February
"'These sodding Lib Dem voters': London mayor Boris Johnson lets rip on the by-election trail"
Daily Mail, 20 February
"The lesson from Eastleigh is simple: the Conservative leadership has lost control of the party"
The Independent, 20 February
"Eastleigh byelection: Boris Johnson given the doorstep brush-off"
The Guardian, 20 February
"Boris Johnson on Eastleigh byelection: 'It is our duty to kick Lib Dems in the …'"
The Guardian, 20 February
"TV's Fiona Phillips was Labour's first choice for by-election"
Southern Daily Echo, 20 February
"Sir Menzies Campbell says party is not complacent over by-election prospects"
Southern Daily Echo, 19 February
"Tories sniff defeat as bullish Lib Dems pour into Eastleigh"
The Independent, 19 February
"By-election Tory blasted PM over Lib Dem coalition"
The Sun, 19 February
"Boorley Green debate at centre of by-election"
Southern Daily Echo, 19 February
"Tories accuse Lib Dems of misleading Eastleigh voters"
The Guardian, 18 February
"Christian Party announces candidate for Eastleigh by-election"
Southern Daily Echo, 18 February
"Former Lib Dem to stand for English Democrats at Eastleigh by-election"
Southern Daily Echo, 18 February
"Tory candidate attempts to defuse state schools row in Eastleigh byelection"
The Guardian, 18 February
"Grant Shapps accuses Nick Clegg of running 'misleading' Eastleigh by-election campaign"
The Telegraph, 18 February
"State schools storm: Tory MP distances herself from by-election candidate's comments"
The Mirror, 18 February
"Eastleigh byelection: carnival of politics"
The Guardian, 18 February
"Eastleigh By-Election: Lib Dems Favourite To Win As Maria Hutchings And John O'Farrell Slip Behind"
Huffington Post, 17 February
"Tory Twitter 'lemmings' backfire with Eastleigh byelection message"
The Guardian, 17 February
"The Eastleigh byelection is Labour's chance to win hearts and minds"
The Observer, 17 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Grant Shapps defends Maria Hutchings in state school row"
The Telegraph, 17 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Maria Hutchings and John O'Farrell spark controversy"
BBC News, 17 February
"'You'll never be a surgeon if you go to a state school': Tory by-election candidate rubbishes education system"
The Mirror, 16 February
"Eastleigh byelection: Tories' 'Sarah Palin' in row over state school jibe"
The Observer, 16 February
"Eastleigh byelection: Tory candidate suggests son too smart for state school"
The Guardian, 16 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Tory candidate in state school "insult""
The Independent, 16 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Lib Dems to paint Tories as ‘Tea Party’ option in snapshot of 2015 strategy"
The Independent, 15 February
"Eastleigh byelection fever bites as David Cameron visits B&Q"
The Guardian, 15 February
"Naked Rambler Stephen Gough supports Liberal Democrats in Eastleigh by-election"
Southern Daily Echo, 14 February
"Cameron enters by-election fray"
The Express, 14 February
"Eastleigh by-election: David Cameron in campaign visit"
BBC News, 14 February
"The Eastleigh by-election candidates"
The Telegraph, 14 February
"No Green candidate for Eastleigh by-election"
Southern Daily Echo, 13 February
"Chancellor George Osborne joins Eastleigh by-election campaign to support Conservative Maria Hutchings"
Southern Daily Echo, 13 February
"Author John O'Farrell selected as Labour's candidate for Eastleigh by-election"
The Independent, 13 February
"Labour choosing John O'Farrell for Eastleigh means a good by-election just got even more intriguing"
The Telegraph, 13 February
"John O'Farrell: why I'm standing for Labour in the Eastleigh byelection"
The Guardian, 13 February
"Eastleigh by-election parties fight over policy they both support"
The Spectator, 13 February
"'Real marriage' man to contest poll"
Littlehampton Gazette, 13 February
"Cameron Faced by Must-Win Dilemma in Unparalleled Vote"
Bloomberg, 12 February
"John O'Farrell to be Labour's candidate in Eastleigh"
The Guardian, 12 February
"Eastleigh by-election: John O'Farrell selected for labour"
BBC News, 12 February
"Eastleigh by-election candidate list so far"
BBC News, 12 February
"Wiki-sneaks: Tory by-election candidate lifts extract from Wikipedia for Eastleigh campaign site"
The Mirror, 12 February
"UKIP unveil Eastleigh by-election candidate"
Southern Daily Echo, 12 February
"Gloves are off for Eastleigh by-election, Tories tell Coalition partners"
London Evening Standard, 12 February
"Eastleigh by-election: UKIP announces candidate"
BBC News, 11 February
"Eastleigh by-election: fight for seat after Huhne resigns"
BBC News, 11 February
"Nick Clegg visits Eastleigh"
The Guardian, 11 February
"Tory candidate accused of looking up Wikipedia for her Eastleigh campaign"
The Independent, 11 February
"Labour’s Eastleigh by-election fight"
The Spectator, 10 February
"Vince Cable: Eastleigh By-Election Is Opportunity To Highlight Differences Between Lib Dems And Tories"
Huffington Post, 10 February
"Defection mars Lib Dems' fight for Eastleigh"
The Independent, 10 February
"Ukip leader Nigel Farage starts Eastleigh by-election campaign"
The Express, 10 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Tories say there will be no negative campaigning"
The Telegraph, 10 February
"Eastleigh byelection: voters will look beyond Chris Huhne, says Nick Clegg"
The Guardian, 10 February
"Nick Clegg asks Eastleigh voters to look past Chris Huhne drama"
The Guardian, 10 February
"The key to the Eastleigh byelection is forget Chris Huhne and think of Crewe"
The Guardian, 10 February
"Ukip targets Eastleigh by-election"
The Express, 9 February
"Eastleigh by-election: retired doctor is candidate"
BBC News, 9 February
"Local councillor chosen to fight Eastleigh by-election for Lib Dems"
The Telegraph, 9 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Why Eastleigh could soon turn beastly"
The Telegraph, 8 February
"Eastleigh byelection: Tories show three-point lead over Lib Dems"
The Guardian, 8 February
"Tory candidate for Eastleigh byelection denies immigration remarks"
The Guardian, 8 February
"Eastleigh by-election poll gives Tories lead"
The Telegraph, 8 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Tories pin hope on anti-gay marriage, anti-Europe local"
The Telegraph, 8 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Tory poster subtly hint at Chris Huhne's crime"
The Telegraph, 8 February
"How Tory by-election candidate Maria Hutchings attacked asylum seekers"
New Statesman, 8 February
"Eastleigh shows why Labour-Lib Dem tactical voting will matter in 2015"
New Statesman, 8 February
"Tory Eastleigh by-election candidate denies making homophobic slur — but confirms she’s against equality"
Pink News, 8 February
"Nick Clegg piles pressure on Chris Huhne to hand back £17,000 severance package"
The Telegraph, 7 February
"Eastleigh by-election will be 'brutal and bruising', Lib Dems warn"
The Telegraph, 7 February
"Eastleigh by-election: Maria Hutchings to stand for Conservatives"
BBC News, 7 February
"Nick Clegg to revive mansion tax campaign"
The Telegraph, 6 February
"Eastleigh by-election a grudge match"
BBC News, 6 February
"Date set for Eastleigh by-election"
BBC News, 6 February
"Chris Huhne officially no longer an MP"
BBC News, 5 February
"Editorial: From personal tragedy to political bloodbath"
The Independent, 5 February
"Nigel Farage: Why I will not fight the Eastleigh by-election"
The Telegraph, 5 February
"Huhne faces being kicked out of Lib Dems in final insult from party he longed to lead"
The Daily Mail, 5 February
"Campaigning already under way in Chris Huhne's constituency"
The Guardian, 5 February
"Why the Lib Dems are confident they can win the Eastleigh by-election"
New Statesman, 4 February
"Chris Huhne: Tories seek 'revenge' in Eastleigh by-election"
The Telegraph, 4 February
"Chris Huhne to resign as an MP after pleading guilty"
BBC News, 4 February

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