Posts Tagged “Parliamentary by-elections”

++ New Eastleigh poll: Lib Dems have 5% lead over Tories, Labour trail in 4th place behind Ukip

by Stephen Tall on February 22, 2013

UK Polling Report has the figures from the latest (and last?) opinion poll to be conducted in Eastleigh ahead of polling day this Thursday — it shows the Lib Dems leading the Tories by 5%. The poll was conducted for The Times by Populus, the firm which undertook a previous survey for Lord Ashcroft (changes […]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (21 Feb)

by Stephen Tall on February 21, 2013

It was another day when more than 200 Lib Dem volunteers had signed-in by lunchtime to help Mike Thornton’s by-election campaign in Eastleigh. It really is quite amazing to see the party’s by-election campaign in full swing. The big push will come this weekend, the final one before polling day — you can sign up […]

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 […]

Half a defence of John O’Farrell’s comments on Margaret Thatcher

by Stephen Tall on February 18, 2013

I wonder if Labour HQ wish they’d read John O’Farrell’s 1998 book, Things Can Only Get Better, a little more carefully before he was selected to fight the Eastleigh by-election? First there was his call for Labour voters to vote tactically for the Lib Dems to beat the Tories, as uncovered by Mark Pack here: […]

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: >> […]

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

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2013

It’s only just over a week since the Eastleigh by-election was called. But this first Lib Dem / Tory by-election battle of the parliament has attracted a lot of interest. One aspect that hasn’t been noted much in the media is the level of enthusiasm within the Lib Dems to fight this by-election, and fight […]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (13 Feb)

by Stephen Tall on February 13, 2013

Here’s a round-up of news from the past 24 hours in the Eastleigh by-election… Mike Thornton’s campaign in full swing The Lib Dems’ Mike Thornton — pictured here (by Jon Aylwin) with 1994 by-election victor David Chidgey — has been focusing on how the pupil premium, the party’s flagship education policy, has been helping Eastleigh […]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (12 Feb)

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2013

Here’s a round-up of news from the past 24 hours in the Eastleigh by-election… Nick Clegg offered Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton his full backing on a visit to Eastleigh on Monday. Here‘s the Guardian report: “I am confident we will keep hold of this seat but not because I say so but because the […]

Three things we’ve learned from today’s opinion polls

by Stephen Tall on February 11, 2013

Three interesting and important poll findings to report today… Big lead for Labour according to ICM First, the Guardian’s monthly ICM poll is out, showing the biggest Labour lead in almost a decade: Labour 41% (+3%) Conservatives 29% (-4%) Lib Dems 13% (-2%) Ukip 9% (+3%) Others 8% (+1%) The movements are more or less […]

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

by Stephen Tall on February 11, 2013

A quick round-up of all things Eastleigh — especially for the benefit of those who’ve been in Eastleigh this weekend and as a result have missed out… Lib Dem candidate selected: congrats Mike Thornton! First, and most important, the Lib Dems have a candidate: Mike Thornton was selected by the Eastleigh local party on Saturday […]