Nick Clegg: I could be campaigning in Eastleigh at the same time as the PM

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has revealed he could end up campaigning in Eastleigh at the same time as the Prime Minister.

And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would be able to look past the criminal behaviour which led to Chris Huhne's resignation and instead focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record.

Mr Clegg said he was "shocked" by disgraced ex-Cabinet minister Huhne's conduct, which resulted in him quitting as an MP after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The by-election contest will see Mr Clegg's Lib Dems engage in a full-blooded fight with their coalition partners the Conservatives, who hope to regain a seat they lost in 1994.

Mr Clegg said Huhne's criminal conduct and the trial of his ex-wife Vicky Pryce would "undeniably" be an issue in the campaign but voters would be able to separate the "courtroom drama" from the political issues.

In a TV interview he said: "As I have said before, I was very shocked and sad to see what happened and to see that his whole family has been engulfed in this in a very public way.

"I think you have to have a heart of stone not to think that is a pretty shocking and sad thing."

Mr Clegg said he had taken Huhne's assurances "at face value" and was only informed about his change of plea the night before he admitted the offence.

He said: "At the end of the day Chris needs to speak for himself, needs to answer himself and needs to make amends for what has happened and what he's done.

"I don't actually think, at the end of the day, when people come to vote in Eastleigh on February 28, whilst they may have strong feelings one way or another about Chris Huhne, I've heard lots of people say they don't like what's happening in the court, but they actually think that what he did as a local MP was the model of a Liberal Democrat working hard for the local community.

"I think most people will be able to separate the courtroom drama, which at the end of the day is a very private drama being played out in public by divisions within a family, I don't think people will make their judgment on that about who they want to represent them in Parliament for the future.

"I think what people will care about is what does it mean for jobs in the local area, what does it mean for housing in the local area, what does it mean for fair taxes in the local area.

"Those are they kind of things we are going to be campaigning on between now and by-election day."

Mr Clegg said the coalition would remain strong despite the prospect of a bruising contest with the Conservatives on the doorstep in the Hampshire seat.

He even suggested Prime Minister David Cameron could end up in the constituency at the same time as him.

"We may end up there at the same time, that would be a change from sitting around the same table in Whitehall to actually campaigning in different streets in Eastleigh."

Mr Clegg added: "I don't think there is any reason at all why we can't compete vigorously in a by-election and spell out in a grown up, forthright way where we differ."

He insisted it a "great opportunity" for the Lib Dems to highlight their achievements and that it was right not to agree a truce with the Tories over the seat.

"I personally am always against any kind of whiff of stitch-ups because it is important to give people a choice," said.

Mike Thornton, a parish and borough councillor since 2007, has been selected to fight the seat for the Lib Dems.

He will be up against Tory candidate Maria Hutchings, a staunch eurosceptic and opponent of David Cameron's gay marriage reforms which have split the party. She previously stood against Mr Huhne in 2010, losing out by 3,864 votes.

According to a poll released last night, the Lib Dems remain in front in Eastleigh spelling potential defeat for the Prime Minister.

The poll put the Lib Dems on 36%, ahead of the Tories on 33%. The poll also put the UK Independence Party on 16%, ahead of Labour on 13%.

Some 504 people in Eastleigh were questioned.

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12:13pm Sun 10 Feb 13

freefinker says...

"And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would .. focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record."

The policies were fine. It's just they all got ditched; all we are left with the record of treachery.
"And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would .. focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record." The policies were fine. It's just they all got ditched; all we are left with the record of treachery. freefinker

12:48pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has revealed he could end up campaigning in Eastleigh at the same time as the Prime Minister, what a treat for the electorate, two lying, cheating, scheming barstewards on the door step on the same day, I bet they can't wait.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has revealed he could end up campaigning in Eastleigh at the same time as the Prime Minister, what a treat for the electorate, two lying, cheating, scheming barstewards on the door step on the same day, I bet they can't wait. Outside of the Box

12:49pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Yorkyboy22 says...

freefinker wrote:
"And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would .. focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record."

The policies were fine. It's just they all got ditched; all we are left with the record of treachery.
100% agree! And seeing his treacherous, Tory enabling mug around Eastleigh is going to help the LibDum vote how?
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: "And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would .. focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record." The policies were fine. It's just they all got ditched; all we are left with the record of treachery.[/p][/quote]100% agree! And seeing his treacherous, Tory enabling mug around Eastleigh is going to help the LibDum vote how? Yorkyboy22

12:51pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Frank28 says...

What planet is Nick Clegg on? He shouldn't be too shocked if Mike Thornton loses his deposit!
What planet is Nick Clegg on? He shouldn't be too shocked if Mike Thornton loses his deposit! Frank28

12:55pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff.

Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?
Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff. Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda? Paramjit Bahia

1:04pm Sun 10 Feb 13

J.P.M says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff.

Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?
I totally agree - there is a wiff of spin to the DE reporting content.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff. Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?[/p][/quote]I totally agree - there is a wiff of spin to the DE reporting content. J.P.M

1:12pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

freefinker wrote:
"And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would .. focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record."

The policies were fine. It's just they all got ditched; all we are left with the record of treachery.
Well said Freefinker, I have the feeling even Southy will agree with your comment.

Oh, mention of Southy reminds me that other day you promised to donate £100 if they field a candidate, as they have now done U turn by announcing a candidate on their website, which was mentioned by Iron Lady last night, will you still be parting with your money?
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: "And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would .. focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record." The policies were fine. It's just they all got ditched; all we are left with the record of treachery.[/p][/quote]Well said Freefinker, I have the feeling even Southy will agree with your comment. Oh, mention of Southy reminds me that other day you promised to donate £100 if they field a candidate, as they have now done U turn by announcing a candidate on their website, which was mentioned by Iron Lady last night, will you still be parting with your money? Paramjit Bahia

1:28pm Sun 10 Feb 13

freefinker says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
freefinker wrote:
"And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would .. focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record."

The policies were fine. It's just they all got ditched; all we are left with the record of treachery.
Well said Freefinker, I have the feeling even Southy will agree with your comment.

Oh, mention of Southy reminds me that other day you promised to donate £100 if they field a candidate, as they have now done U turn by announcing a candidate on their website, which was mentioned by Iron Lady last night, will you still be parting with your money?
Nice try, but as I said ‘T & C’s apply’. You need to see what I said at 5:17pm Fri 8 Feb 13 on that story: -

http://www.dailyecho
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[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: "And he said he hoped voters in the by-election would .. focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record." The policies were fine. It's just they all got ditched; all we are left with the record of treachery.[/p][/quote]Well said Freefinker, I have the feeling even Southy will agree with your comment. Oh, mention of Southy reminds me that other day you promised to donate £100 if they field a candidate, as they have now done U turn by announcing a candidate on their website, which was mentioned by Iron Lady last night, will you still be parting with your money?[/p][/quote]Nice try, but as I said ‘T & C’s apply’. You need to see what I said at 5:17pm Fri 8 Feb 13 on that story: - http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10215504 .Warning_to_Tories_a s_they_take_a_poll_l ead/#commentsList freefinker

1:32pm Sun 10 Feb 13

netley020 says...

Who in their right mind would vote for the bearded sandal brigade AKA the Liberal Democrats,their leader is a plank and most of their MP,s are toe rags like the criminal Hulne and the low life expenses fiddler David Laws,are their any normal law abiding members of the Liberal Democrat party,perhaps someone can scrape one up,no comments on Labour party as usual,every time they are in power they bankrupt the country,plus they are not interested in people like me because I am white british and eventually I will be a minority in this country !!!!!
Who in their right mind would vote for the bearded sandal brigade AKA the Liberal Democrats,their leader is a plank and most of their MP,s are toe rags like the criminal Hulne and the low life expenses fiddler David Laws,are their any normal law abiding members of the Liberal Democrat party,perhaps someone can scrape one up,no comments on Labour party as usual,every time they are in power they bankrupt the country,plus they are not interested in people like me because I am white british and eventually I will be a minority in this country !!!!! netley020

3:26pm Sun 10 Feb 13

netley020 says...

Who in their right mind would vote for the bearded sandal brigade AKA the Liberal Democrats,their leader is a plank and most of their MP,s are toe rags like the criminal Hulne and the low life expenses fiddler David Laws,are there any normal law abiding members of the Liberal Democrat party,perhaps someone can scrape one up,no comments on Labour party as usual,every time they are in power they bankrupt the country,plus they are not interested in people like me because I am white british and eventually I will be a minority in this country !!!!!
Who in their right mind would vote for the bearded sandal brigade AKA the Liberal Democrats,their leader is a plank and most of their MP,s are toe rags like the criminal Hulne and the low life expenses fiddler David Laws,are there any normal law abiding members of the Liberal Democrat party,perhaps someone can scrape one up,no comments on Labour party as usual,every time they are in power they bankrupt the country,plus they are not interested in people like me because I am white british and eventually I will be a minority in this country !!!!! netley020

3:26pm Sun 10 Feb 13

netley020 says...

Who in their right mind would vote for the bearded sandal brigade AKA the Liberal Democrats,their leader is a plank and most of their MP,s are toe rags like the criminal Hulne and the low life expenses fiddler David Laws,are there any normal law abiding members of the Liberal Democrat party,perhaps someone can scrape one up,no comments on Labour party as usual,every time they are in power they bankrupt the country,plus they are not interested in people like me because I am white british and eventually I will be a minority in this country !!!!!
Who in their right mind would vote for the bearded sandal brigade AKA the Liberal Democrats,their leader is a plank and most of their MP,s are toe rags like the criminal Hulne and the low life expenses fiddler David Laws,are there any normal law abiding members of the Liberal Democrat party,perhaps someone can scrape one up,no comments on Labour party as usual,every time they are in power they bankrupt the country,plus they are not interested in people like me because I am white british and eventually I will be a minority in this country !!!!! netley020

3:50pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff.

Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?
Paramjit ....... I am sure that i read that Labour will announce the New Labour MP for Eastleigh .... On Tuesday
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff. Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?[/p][/quote]Paramjit ....... I am sure that i read that Labour will announce the New Labour MP for Eastleigh .... On Tuesday Lone Ranger.

3:53pm Sun 10 Feb 13

freefinker says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff.

Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?
Paramjit ....... I am sure that i read that Labour will announce the New Labour MP for Eastleigh .... On Tuesday
.. gosh, s/he's been elected even before being selected?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff. Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?[/p][/quote]Paramjit ....... I am sure that i read that Labour will announce the New Labour MP for Eastleigh .... On Tuesday[/p][/quote].. gosh, s/he's been elected even before being selected? freefinker

4:08pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

freefinker wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff.

Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?
Paramjit ....... I am sure that i read that Labour will announce the New Labour MP for Eastleigh .... On Tuesday
.. gosh, s/he's been elected even before being selected?
Well spotted ....... It only took you 3 minutes !!
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Nick Clegg, whom even some of the sugar coated Tories the Lib Dem do not like because while self serving he has sacrificed most of the manifesto pledges of their opportunist party, appearing in Eastleigh, where as prominent part of unpopular government he is rightly disliked by ordinary people who are the victims of Coalition's pro super rich policies paid for by forcing austerity on them, could do even more damage to them in byelection than the ET look alike liar Huhne, whose crime has has already put this party very firmly in the stinking brown stuff. Why there is no news on Echo's website of what NuLabour is doing in Eastleigh? Who is their candidate? And no mention by Echo that with Tory vote slipping to UKIP with right kind of candidate (Which I think should be Alan Lloyd) they could win. Is this not the abuse of principle of free press, which Editor Murray often talk about? Is this the case of Echo's anti not only actual left but even right of centre NuLabour agenda?[/p][/quote]Paramjit ....... I am sure that i read that Labour will announce the New Labour MP for Eastleigh .... On Tuesday[/p][/quote].. gosh, s/he's been elected even before being selected?[/p][/quote]Well spotted ....... It only took you 3 minutes !! Lone Ranger.

7:27pm Sun 10 Feb 13

SaintM says...

Clegg is a fool, no one will vote for a party that supports a lying cheating crook but they have no choice as they all are
Clegg is a fool, no one will vote for a party that supports a lying cheating crook but they have no choice as they all are SaintM

7:40pm Sun 10 Feb 13

netley020 says...

SaintM wrote:
Clegg is a fool, no one will vote for a party that supports a lying cheating crook but they have no choice as they all are
Well said
[quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: Clegg is a fool, no one will vote for a party that supports a lying cheating crook but they have no choice as they all are[/p][/quote]Well said netley020

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