Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Could there be a Eastleigh by-election?

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This has been rattling on for a while about Chris Huhne and all the allegations around speeding and getting his wife to take the fall. Well it goes to trial next Monday. So what of the result of the trial will it mean if the verdict goes the wrong way will Chris Huhne have to fall on his sword? As so many other MPs have had to do in this parliament so far.

Now at the expense of Labour Chris Huhne actually extended his majority in the 2010 general election. Now if there is By-election this year will be a seat that the Tories could win or could Labour nick another one we can see that they had 20% support in 2005 but I think even in the wonderments of By-elections where anything goes that is a long stretch for them to win. It may well be a case of will UKIP stop the Tories from winning? Just how much Lib Dem support will dissolve?

Not that I hope any bad will for Chris Huhne but this would be one juicy By-election mid term which could throw up all sorts of pointers.

Name Party Votes % +/-
Chris Huhne Liberal Democrat 24,966 46.5 +8.2
Maria Hutchings Conservative 21,102 39.3 +2.1
Leo Barraclough Labour 5,153 9.6 -11.5
Ray Finch UK Independence Party 1,933 3.6 +0.2
Tony Stephen Pewsey English Democrats 249 0.5 +0.5
Dave Stone Independent 154 0.3 +0.3
Keith Low National Democrats 93 0.2 +0.2
Majority 3,864 7.2
Turnout 53,650 69.4 +5.0

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