February 20th, 2013

Tory Turnout Trouble in Eastleigh

As next week’s by-election looks more and more like a LibDem hold, it seems Tory PPCs don’t much fancy making the journey south. Guido hears just 80 out of the several hundred on the candidates list have helped out in Eastleigh so far. Peeved party bosses have emailed PPCs reminding them in no uncertain terms that “campaign commitment is an important part of being a successful candidate”, demanding to know “what action you’re taking to assist with Maria’s campaign”. Factor this in with the Merlin canvassing outage and you can see why Guido is betting heavily on a yellow hold…


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    Di o'Rhea says:

    Do the people of Eastleigh all hold their noses when they vote ? After all, they elected Huhne …..

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    SP4BS says:

    Eeeh and I thought they just didn’t like “up north”

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    No more lib lab con says:

    Consider UKIP

  4. 4
    WVM says:

    Vote Ukip.

  5. 5
    Gordon Brown says:

    Thank you for booking online. Thank you for choosing Turkish Airlines.

    You can find your Itinerary in the attached file.

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    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    It looks as though the good people of Eastleigh have the same intelligence and morals as those as Rotherham.

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    Grammar School Boy says:

    “what action you’re taking to assist with Maria’s campaign”.

    Er, nothing. I’m a hardened Tory but, sadly, what goes around comes around…

  8. 8

    The excuse for the people of Rotherham is they are stupid.
    For Eastleigh the excuse is they have dementia.

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    Bingo says:

    If Obsbourne had watched a bit more FlogIt, he would have realised that the expert opinion on the value of something maybe wrong, and you may get less in auction than you thought you would.

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    Have to agree.

    I campaigned in 2010. Every day. Leafleting like a charity worker on commission.
    But that was campaigning against Brown, not for Dave.

    Let the yellows have this one. See if it shakes up the Camercabinet a bit.

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    V1le, spiteful Labour ruined my Country says:

    Surely the Eastleigh electorate are not that stupid? Oh! Maybe they are, they elected Huhne.

  13. 13
    Man in white coat says:

    I’ll send the vans down to Eastleigh. Looks like we might have a few more clients. Get the straightjackets out of the cupboard!

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    The Fifty Seventh Earl of Perineum says:

    The excuse for those in the Palace of Westminster is they are both.

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    It seems like the tories just ‘given up’ on power.


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    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Sterling collapsing this morning – Osbourne & his cronies at BOE have started up the printing presses again.

    Depressing that a Tory Chancellor has no morals. We might as well have stuck with New Labour – Osbourne is, afterall, following his economic lunacy to the letter.

    Welcome to Zimbabwe & a tsunami of future inflation.

    Vote UKIP – get these moronic social democrats out.

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    WVM says:

    Its economic vandalism – Osbourne should be prosecuted.

    Why wont they cut spending? This is literally insane – doing the same failed thing over again and expecting a different result.

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    Gordon the medicated says:

    I watch that all the time!
    If i’d spent my time watching it before I was chancellor, then I’d have been an even better one, which is almost impossible.

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    spread the bumsex, feel the love says:

    Wait until “Raghead Dave” stops apologising to all the Patels and comes back to lead from the front.

    Victory will be ours under our great leader.

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    ████ ' changed my tune ' Hoon says:

    Why would anyone with an IQ above an amoeba for this duplicitous pillock ?

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    Only in it for the fat EU pension says:

    Can’t think what you mean.

  22. 22
    Moussa Koussa Mark 6 says:

    Its OK. Gay prince – and murderer “Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud” has been released from UK prison, having served only 18 months…thanks Dave and Co

  23. 23
    Huhne's Soap on a Rope says:

    James Bond is a pedo-enabler and child-pornographer:

  24. 24
    National Socialist says:

    No they’re not stupid enough to vote Tory.

  25. 25
    David Trashman Cameron says:

    Prosecute the culprits, that’s what I’ve always said (to the voters).

  26. 26
    spread the bumsex, feel the love says:


    Raghead Dave will be opening the floodgates to a few hundred thousand Patels – not to mention all the gyppos – to boost our economic performance even further.

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    P l e b says:

    Oh! Dear, has your chancellor of simple sums let you down again.never mind come 2015 you won’t have this embarrassment any more

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    Dying of old age waiting Chris to arrive on B wing says:

    Any news from Southwark? Huhne’s KY jelly must be going off by now. (Other lubricants are available.)

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    spread the bumsex, feel the love says:

    Raghead Dave’s been booked to be best man at his wedding.

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    Fuckwitwatch UK says:

    Why can’t anyone on this blog spell Osborne, Miliband or straitjacket correctly?

    Oh, I remember now, education, ejukashun…

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    Tay King-dePisse says:

    “If you really wanted to taken seriously, you’d go down to Eastleigh and go door-to-door for our candidate down there!”
    That has all the aroma of “If you really loved me, you would do [x]…” like, oh I dunno, take a speeding ticket for me…
    Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their Party– if they expect the Party ever to do the same for them, you’d figure. Maybe not so much that the Party ever really will (considering it’s craven politicians we’re dealing with here), but put out no effort, kiddies, and the Party definitely won’t– buy a clue, please, seems to be the message.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Or more likely that the Tories in Eastleigh have given up on the Tories in Westminster …

  33. 33
    An Eastleigh voter says:

    What lost cause can I look to support in the upcoming by-election. Well hello Mr Farage. You are looking very electable in your very fine hat. Have we used the very fine hat test to select our parliamentary representative before?

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    They know it's going to be bad says:

    “Nick Clegg has refused to reveal official estimates of the number of Romanians and Bulgarians expected to come to the UK when restrictions on the right to work are lifted next year.

    The deputy PM said the figures were not “precise”, more like “guesstimates”.

    Making them public would not help “public confidence in the immigration system”, he told LBC Radio”

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    The Fifty Seventh Earl of Perineum says:

    Hark! Hark! I hear a Printing press!

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    A dsyelicx says:

    I really need lessons in spellling Megashambles!

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    Oxymoron watch says:

    Now there’s one – “immigration system” and “public confidence”. A real corker for all true oxymoron fans out there.

  39. 39
    P l e b says:

    The judge will accept a majority verdict.

  40. 40
    P l e b says:

    Osborne can be shortened to ‘twat.’ No one spells that wrong.

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    P l e b says:

    Just write ‘Tory’

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    Samuel Langhorne Clemens says:

    I never gave much of a damn for anyone who can only spell something one way.
    Seems to show lack of creativity.

  43. 43
    B wing on tenterhooks says:

    As a man in the know, are we likely to have the suspense of pre-sentence reports before Chris gets incarcerated?

  44. 44
    Veritas says:

    off topic latest from BulgariaThe Government has resigned amid worsening economic news.The poorest country in Europe and millions will be coming here in Januarary Whoopee

  45. 45
    The Loony Left says:

    Celebrate the rich, multicultural diversity.

  46. 46
    Poisoned Curried Eggs says:

    If she is admitting knowledge of a cover up, but has has kept quiet, then she could be charged with perverting the course of justice.

    The cover up would be a criminal conspiracy. If she had knowledge and kept quiet she is part of that conspiracy also.

    If she has no knowledge and is just making unsubstantiated claims, that could also be considered as perverting the course of justice. Such statement can be considered to be a public mischief. Those statements could also impact ongoing investigations.

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    spread the bumsex, feel the love says:

    “Tories in Westminster”?

    Not many of those.

  48. 48
    Wife of Bath says:

    We should use “Chaucer’s” English.!!!!

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    Vote UKIP - The Fresh Choice! says:

    Way to go!

    Some LibDems have also given up!


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    Old England says:

    I think there is a “split” in the Tories,and,i think it is between,”The senior
    members,and,”The young bucks”,and the young bucks are being given enough
    rope,to hang themselves,the party ,and,the country…(gay love is the bug)
    Where are the “Men”,time running out….

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    Con Artists says:

    Tories = liberal socialists with Marxist leanings

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    I actually live in Eastleigh says:

    UKIP will pinch more votes from the Tories than anyone else. I expect the Lib Dems unfortunately to sneak it with UKIP being a very close third. There is a big UKIP push happening in Eastleigh at the moment and it will be great if they won but it’s a huge ask.

  53. 53
    The Fifty Seventh Earl of Perineum says:

    It looks to me as if one lot will be fucked one way whilst the other lot will be fucked the other way.

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  55. 55

    An email I sent to Tim Farrell yesterday in response to his donation request may interest some here


    I voted for you last time, then became disgruntled at how you all seemingly forgot some basic lessons on entering power (human nature). Anyhow while Nick C appears to have taken on board the things that I have written to you about as no doubt have others are concerned about and while he is beginning to get me to think about voting for you again, it is far from a done deal. Anyhow my point – whether you win this by election or not will depend largely on how confident voters are that you are more responsible and mature politicians than the Tories. I think you still have quite some work cut out for you. As the Tories have in my view been stirring up 1930s style social darkness through marginalising the vulnerable, this could help you, but equally such dark arts could work in the short term in their favour.

    Anyhow Tim, if you look at the changes made in Nick C’s emails and emails generally etc and look at past emails you will see that you as a party have come to the same conclusions I suggested re the way forwards. But you do still need to cut it in the press better to touch the heart of the man and woman in the street. And this is your challenge in Eastleigh.

    Yes knocking on doors can get undecided people to vote for you, this is how I started to vote for you. But before that I did not really have a clue what you stood for. And it turns out that our views are pretty symmetrical. And this remains your flaw – people don’t know what you stand for and what you are doing to reign in the tories. Many people seem to just see you as lap dogs and are terribly disappointed in how you behaved when the coalition formed and its first year. I think you underestimate this. I understand that the rush for power led to a quick deal, and with all those government jobs, desires, egos etc might through human nature have taken over. But the public are not really aware of the sort of stuff that Nick explains in his (now good) emails. Some will never vote for you again as they feel let down by you, others might – you need to touch hearts en mass and fast.

    So if I were you I would get your younger bods social mediaing, and get in the local press as much as you can about exactly how you have learnt your lessons and how you have moderated the tories. You have a tough job convening me and I positively want you to inspire me and this nation.

    On the plus side you have strong support down there and your good deeds locally should speak volumes. Equally though with this asset, if you do loose the seat you really must ask big questions if you want to have any chance of having any real influence in 2015. But leadership no longer seems to be the problem, but one of human nature, within the party, the public and the social fabric of this nation. Darkness is penetrating (marginalising of minorities, hatreds are developing towards the disabled etc) and you really need to master the esoteric lessons (like the law of unintended consequences) that the Tories and you seem to be clueless about. I am happy to help you with this by the way, and while this is a bit arrogant of me, I do have some global recognition for my work in this field, and Nick in his emails is following advice that coincidentally I emailed to you before.

    In the meantime all the best with Eastleigh – but it is not money you need – it is the ability to inspire and touch the hearts of the people. If you can crack that (and given your poor performance on entering power that would be a mighty challenge) you might even find yourself as the biggest party in 2015 (though in a coalition). The other factor is how dark the Tories are prepared to go, for they could achieve the same using a darker road – and the parallels with the 1930s are already clear and evident (politicing the police, marginalising minorities through money and social opinion, and press freedoms primarily).

    Best wishes

    Stewart Edwards
    Once a Tory Part member, then a disillusioned floating voter, then a Lib Dem voter, now scratching my head wondering if this country has any decent politicians who understand the social levers of this nation.

  56. 56
    RK says:

    Wouldn’t our troops in Afghanistan be more use manning the borders back home?

  57. 57
    Taxfodder says:

    You have to consider that many people would rather vote “anything or nothing” rather than Tory or Labour.

    Its not really so surprising, the socialists buggered it all up and a bungling Tory led coalition rather than putting things right have made things a whole lot worse…

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    The people of Eastliegh should not be concerned about where their candidates come from. But should be worrying about the mass immigration due shortly. The immigration minister refused to say how many might be coming after being asked on no less than four occasions yesterday. His reasons for not saying was that he did not want to scare the public. I think its time to get worried and vote UKIP don’t you. The goverment are pretending that they can deny benefits to all these new immigrants, well they cannot under EU and Human Rights law so don’t believe a word of this properganda. Your benefits have already been cut to help pay any benefits these immigrants claims.They are entitled to family allowance, tax credits, job seekers and housing benefit and equal rights for local housing as well as free NHS treatment and free education. Remember this when you are waiting for an operation or when granny is forced to sell her home after a lifetimes contributions

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    keredybretsa says:

    Right you lot go on the unfriended list!

  62. 62
    Old England says:

    I’ve voted many times,including,”NO”, in1975,and do not have the country i
    recognise anymore..Democracy is further away,and a myth.I will not be voting,as
    my voting has achieved the opposite of what would have been good for Britain..

  63. 63
    Old England says:

    What i mean is,i will not vote while we are shackled by the EU…No point..

  64. 64
    Border Terrier says:

    Do you mean family man Tim FARRON?

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    IDS says:

    If you are eglish and white most benefits are not available.

  66. 66
    david milliband says:

    No there is a least 2 or 3.

  67. 67
    Peter Tatchell says:

    You mean none.

  68. 68
    Lord Fondle of Bum says:

    How true how true

  69. 69
    Mr A Patel says:

    Yes soon we will be competing with third world countries in the race to the bottom of the dung pile Well done DC the speed in which you have achieved this is breath taking.

    Keep up the good work

    A well wisher

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    KY says:

    They are called the Eastleigh electorate.

  71. 71
    PDPGB says:

    Maybe like this former Tory PPC they are all pissed off at being told to make £1000 worth of calls for Boris’ re- election last year .

    Or maybe they realise the Tory party is on its arse!

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    Anonymous says:

    The Tories dont get it that the decent tory voter was turned off by the same sex marriage proposals. The voter donna want to know cameron and this has lost the leading edge for a tory win.

  73. 73
    Spetmologer says:

    TORIES want to back winners, that is why they dread Osborne and his handling of the economy.

  74. 74
    Fay says:

    All candidates and no activists. When will the Conservatives formally liquidate the party?

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    Archie says:

    I really think that we’re beyond help if a place like Eastleigh returns another LimpDumb!

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