Posts Tagged “mike thornton”

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! twitter.com/paddyashdown/s… — 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 [...]

++ Another new Eastleigh poll – and this time it shows the Tories in front by 4%

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2013

Last night brought news of a Populus poll for The Times showing the Lib Dems ahead of the Tories by 33%-28%, a Lib Dem lead of 5%. But tonight a Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday has shown the Tories ahead of the Lib Dems by 33%-29%, a Tory lead of 4%. Survation conducted [...]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the week’s campaign news

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2013

Lib Dem chief executive Tim Gordon summed up the week so far in his weekly email to activists: Liberal Democrats have broken their own party’s by-election campaign records with more volunteers, more money raised and more campaign literature delivered in the opening days of the Eastleigh by-election campaign than any other. And today’s been no [...]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (19 Feb)

by Stephen Tall on February 19, 2013

It’s been another record-breaking day for Mike Thornton’s team in Eastleigh — well over 200 party volunteers had arrived by lunchtime today, with many more arriving later on. This follows the 530+ who visited this weekend, and the 1,000+ who campaigned during the first week. The party’s poll ratings may not be sky-high, but the [...]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of all the weekend’s news (18 Feb)

by Stephen Tall on February 18, 2013

The penultimate weekend’s campaigning was frenetic at the Lib Dems’ Eastleigh HQ… Over 530 Lib Dem volunteers passed through its doors in just this weekend (to add to the 1,000+ who’d visited in the previous week). Visitors included an upbeat Nick Clegg (BBC report and video here) and others — as this video shows: >> [...]

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “From Eastleigh to Africa – and back again!”

by Stephen Tall on February 17, 2013

Nick’s latest weekly missive focuses on two places: his visits as party leader to the Lib Dem by-election campaign in Eastleigh, and his visit as Deputy Prime Minister to Mozambique and Ethiopia to focus on ‘the three Ts’ – tax, transparency and trade. Here’s his letter in full… Like so many of you, I’ve been [...]

So this is why the Tories have been trying to keep their Eastleigh candidate quiet

by Stephen Tall on February 16, 2013

LibDemVoice noted last week that the Tories’ candidate in Eastleigh, Maria Hutchings, had been playing hide and seek with the media. Now we know why… Quote from today’s Mirror: ‘You’ll never be a surgeon if you go to a state (…)

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