Posts Tagged “eastleigh by-election”

Eastleigh one year on: the by-election which secured Nick Clegg’s leadership

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2014

A year ago today, Mike Thornton was declared the new Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh. I’ve just been re-reading my first reflections on the result, written minutes after Mike’s narrow victory over Ukip was confirmed. As I pointed out then, despite the horrendous circumstances surrounding the by-election – Chris Huhne’s resignation, the allegations against Chris […]

Careful, Boris. Remember what happened to the last top Tory to liken the Lib Dems to a bird?

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2013

“The sooner we are shot of the great yellow albatross, in my view, the better.” So said Boris Johnson yesterday, taking a pop at both Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems. But, as a classics scholar, Boris should beware a little thing called hubris. At the 1990 Tory Party conference, Mrs Thatcher poked fun at […]

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “We can be in government and win if we work together”

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2013

No prizes for guessing what dominates Nick’s weekly letter: the Eastleigh by-election, which he learned the Lib Dems had held with a majority of almost 1,800 when director of campaigns Hilary Stephenson texted him. ‘We didn’t win in Eastleigh “in spite” of our record. We won because of our record,’ says Nick. Significantly, though, there […]

Your essential Eastleigh weekend reader — my pick of the must-reads

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2013

It’s Sunday afternoon, so here are a dozen thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking as you unwind after the turmoil and excitement of the past 7 days. For a change, this week’s collection is devoted to just one topic: the Eastleigh by-election (to be honest, I’ve not had time to read about much else!)… Eastleigh […]

Eastleigh shows why the Tories and Labour should now support PR in local elections

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2013

If only, if only… Instead of holding out for a referendum on the Alternative Vote the Lib Dem negotiators had secured proportional representation for all local council elections instead. Hindsight’s easy, I know. At the time of negotiating the Coalition Agreement, electoral reform at Westminster was the party’s deal-breaker. The Lib Dem vote had gone […]

Eastleigh by-election: my first thoughts

by Stephen Tall on March 1, 2013

Let’s consider the backdrop: we’re polling at half the level we were in 2010; the previous MP, Chris Huhne, was forced to resign after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice and faces a prison sentence; we’ve just endured a week of torrid publicity. And yet we’ve held on. It’s true that, in some […]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (28 Feb Polling Day Edition!)

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2013

Welcome to the final round-up of the Eastleigh by-election campaign… It was the week when Mike Thornton’s campaign received a boost from former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown on Tuesday: Out on the doorstep in #Eastleigh with @mike4eastleigh – there’s nothing like a great by-election campaign!… — Paddy Ashdown (@paddyashdown) February 26, 2013 Then […]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (26 Feb)

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2013

I reported earlier this morning the latest poll from Eastleigh — showing a narrow Lib Dem lead over the Tories — but one finding in it is particularly relevant to this round-up. The question was asked: “We’re interested in the extent to which people locally have heard from the political parties over the last few […]

Final Eastleigh poll puts Lib Dems narrowly ahead of Tories – but all within margin of error!

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2013

What will (I assume) be the final poll of the Eastleigh by-election was published this morning. Conducted by Populus and commissioned by Lord Ashcroft, it shows the Lib Dems sustaining a narrow lead — significant in itself, but the more so as Eastleigh voters were interviewed over the weekend during which the controversy over allegations […]

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “Five days to make a difference.”

by Stephen Tall on February 24, 2013

Just one issue dominates Nick’s weekly letter: the Eastleigh by-election and the close contest between the Lib Dems and Tories. Here’s his letter in full… Five days. That is all we have got left to make sure the people of Eastleigh send Mike Thornton to Westminster as their new MP. Five days to make a […]