Nick Boles

Exclusive: Nick Boles to get roasting from No 10 over ‘rotten campaign’ comments

13 March 2013 17:04

Nick Boles is getting a roasting in Number 10 tonight for his comments in The Times about the Eastleigh by-election, I understand. There was considerable disquiet about the interview, in… Continue reading

Michael Fabricant poses with the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate outside the UKIP campaign offices during the Eastleigh by-election. Picture: Getty

‘We aren’t connecting with the electorate’: Michael Fabricant on the Tory election challenge

7 March 2013 16:09

The only Tory more Tiggerish than Michael Fabricant is the party chairman Grant Shapps, and perhaps that’s why the two work so well together on campaigns. But even the jovial… Continue reading

Tories campaigning in Eastleigh

‘We called quite a few dead people’: How the Tories’ lack of data let them down in Eastleigh

2 March 2013 15:54

At 9.15pm, with 45 minutes until polls closed in the Eastleigh by-election, the ‘get out the vote’ telephone operation at Conservative Central Headquarters stopped. As one fellow volunteer put it,… Continue reading

Are Tory MPs acting like Corporal Jones yet? Not really.

Eastleigh result: the Tories aren’t panicking, but that doesn’t mean they won’t

1 March 2013 17:17

Don’t panic, don’t panic! But are the Tories actually panicking about the Eastleigh result? Coffee House readers will have seen Stewart Jackson’s call on the government to get more robust… Continue reading

Greg Barker's dog on the campaign trail. The Tories need more footsoldiers for future campaigns, canine or otherwise. Picture: Getty

Don’t panic: the Tories can do better than Eastleigh

1 March 2013 15:23

There’s no disguising the fact that last night’s result was a very disappointing one for Conservatives. There were three small crumbs of comfort. First, the poor performance of Labour, our… Continue reading

Voters Go To The Polls In The Eastleigh By-Election

If David Cameron is serious about losing the next election he'll cuddle-up to UKIP

1 March 2013 13:14

OK. Remember this: by-elections are always liable to be interpreted too keenly. Elections often fought on local issues then have their results scrutinised as though the election was a miniature… Continue reading

UKIP campaigned heavily on immigration in Eastleigh. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh by-election: The Tories are suffering for gay marriage, and need to focus on migrants and a cost of living budget

1 March 2013 9:50

It would be churlish to suggest that the Eastleigh by-election is ‘disastrous’, but coming third in a seat we polled almost 40 per cent in the general election is not… Continue reading

Maria Hutchings

Move to the right? The Tories need to worry about anti-politics voters too

1 March 2013 9:22

So in the end Eastleigh went for the ‘crisis for Cameron’ option by putting the Tories in third behind UKIP. For those opponents of the Prime Minister, last night’s result… Continue reading

Nick Clegg and Lib Dem Eastleigh candidate Mike Thornton. Picture: Getty

Lib Dems hold Eastleigh as UKIP force Tories into third

1 March 2013 2:58

It was a successful night for the Liberal Democrats in Eastleigh and a disastrous one for the Tories. The Liberal Democrats held on with a majority a touch over 1,700.… Continue reading

Eastleigh By-Election

Eastleigh by-election live blog

1 March 2013 0:11

12am: The word from the count is the Liberal Democrats have held Eastleigh. Intriguingly, the Liberal Democrats think UKIP have taken second. Labour appear set for a poor fourth. If… Continue reading


Eastleigh: the different results and what they’d mean

28 February 2013 22:41

So now that the polls have closed in Eastleigh, here are the likely scenarios for tonight’s Eastleigh by-election result, and what each combination will mean: A) 1. Tories 2. Liberal… Continue reading

David Cameron in Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon

PMQs sketch: Miliband has ‘one of those days’

27 February 2013 17:14

What a strange PMQs. The house seemed half empty. The tug of elsewhere dominated proceedings. Richard Drax asked the prime minister if ‘prospective members of parliament’ should ever speak in… Continue reading


Small By-Election in Hampshire; Not Many Dead

26 February 2013 16:18

By-elections are catnip for the media. But they are also, almost invariably, subject to greater scrutiny than they can reasonably bear. Only occasionally do they herald a new era or… Continue reading

Nick Clegg and Lib Dem Eastleigh candidate Mike Thornton. Picture: Getty

How will the Rennard allegations affect the Eastleigh by-election?

25 February 2013 12:15

What effect will the Rennard allegations have on the Eastleigh by-election? Channel 4 has been working on the story for months, but it is obviously taking off at an inconvenient… Continue reading

Danny Alexander and Nick Clegg. Photo: Getty Images.

Nick Clegg drags Danny Alexander into the Rennard allegations

24 February 2013 19:45

Nick Clegg has come back from Spain to admit that he did know about the allegations about Lord Rennard’s behaviour towards women – and, for good measure, has told us… Continue reading

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Lord Rennard (right) with Ming Campbell at a Lib Dem conference. Picture: Getty

Nick Clegg needs a QC to address the Rennard crisis

24 February 2013 12:55

‘What did he know and when did he know it’ is one of the staples of modern journalism and it is the question Nick Clegg is struggling to answer over… Continue reading

The UKIP office in Eastleigh

UKIP surge in Eastleigh

23 February 2013 12:38

By-elections are notoriously hard to call. But everyone who comes back from Eastleigh says the same thing, UKIP are the party with forward momentum. This morning’s Populus poll bears that… Continue reading

Eric Pickles is campaigning in Eastleigh today. Picture: Getty

Eric Pickles in Eastleigh: Lib Dems are holding Tories back

22 February 2013 17:05

All the evidence is pointing to a Lib Dem win in Eastleigh, but those Tories visiting are continuing to fight to the bitter end. Eric Pickles was down there today,… Continue reading

Boris Johnson campaigning in Eastleigh yesterday. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh shows how difficult the 2015 Tory/Lib Dem fight will be

21 February 2013 12:31

The good news for Nick Clegg—and the bad news for David Cameron—is that the Liberal Democrats are racing certainties to hold Eastleigh in the by-election next Thursday. As I say… Continue reading

The Conservatives' latest campaign poster in Eastleigh

Maria Hutchings says what she thinks. But is she thinking what Eastleigh voters are thinking?

19 February 2013 10:24

One of the key strands of the Conservative campaign in Eastleigh is trust: not just because campaigners can remind voters about Chris Huhne, but thanks to a contrast they can… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: In which Cameron both chooses and answers the questions.

13 February 2013 16:54

Whoosh! Crasshh! Ploophm! Crummppp! The personal attacks came pounding in on David Cameron today. Ed Miliband asked about declining living standards and set about portraying the prime minister as an… Continue reading

George Osborne on the campaign trail with Maria Hutchings in Eastleigh. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh by-election parties fight over policy they both support

13 February 2013 11:56

Alarming news reaches this blog from the Eastleigh by-election, where the battle has descended into a catfight about a policy the two main parties support at national level. How unusual… Continue reading

Maria Hutchings and Grant Shapps campaigning in Eastleigh. Picture: PA

Tory poll weaknesses show why an Eastleigh win is so important

11 February 2013 15:13

The latest ICM poll for The Guardian is interesting because it highlights the weakness in both the Tory and Labour positions. The Tories are 12 points behind on 29, doing… Continue reading

Ed Davey

Ed Davey sounds more enthusiastic about Nick Clegg than Nick Clegg himself

10 February 2013 15:43

It took a while for Nick Clegg to confirm that he would stay with his party to 2015, but today his colleague Ed Davey did him a favour (or perhaps… Continue reading

Labour has had a stall in Eastleigh for two weeks already, while the Tories visited the constituency nine months ago. Picture: PA

Labour’s Eastleigh by-election fight

10 February 2013 10:51

The Eastleigh by-election machine is well and truly up and running this weekend, with ministers starting to make their way down to the Hampshire constituency to start campaigning. The focus… Continue reading