Who will be next for Eastleigh?

Now that Huhne has gone, and the seat has become vacant I thought I’d take a look at the candidates on offer in the Eastleigh By-Election…

Profiling of the Eastleigh By-Election Candidates

Conservative Party

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Candidate: Maria Hutchings

Previous Experience with the Party:

-          Local Campaigner – part of a social action project: ‘In It Together’ recognised in the National Excellence Awards

Previous Non-Political Experience:

-          Extensive Business Experience, Specific focus on activism with regard to disabilities and special schools etc

Key Campaigning Messages:

-          Combat over development, infrastructure concerns, fighting gravel pits in Hamble peninsula, closure of post offices and campaigning to improve parking arrangements

Chance of Success: 7/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] 11/8

Labour Party

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Candidate: John O’Farrell

Previous Experience with the Party:

-          A long-term Labour supporter

-          2001 Election Maidenhead Candidate

Previous Non-Political Experience:

-          Well known Satirist, Comedy Writer and Author

Key Campaigning Messages:

-          ?

Chance of Success: 4/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] 10/1

Liberal Democrats

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Candidate: Mike Thornton

Previous Experience with the Party:

-          A Local Parish and Borough Councillor since 2007 – Eastleigh Borough Council

Key Campaigning Messages:

-          Botley Bypass, Stop the Gravel Pits, Protect Greenfield from Development, Stop cuts to Children’s Centres

Chance of Success: 8/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] 8/11

UKIP

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Candidate: Diane James

Previous Experience with the Party:

-          Joined UKIP in 2010

-          An Independent Borough Councillor – Waverley Borough Council

Chance of Success: 3/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] 25/1

Peace Party

Candidate: Jim Duggan

Previous Experience with the Party:

-          Long-term party member

Key Campaigning Messages:

-          Charter identifies key areas of focus; Pacifism, Democracy, Health Care, Homes and Housing, Quality Food and Water, Environment, Social Justice, Education, Welfare and Jobs, Recreation

Chance of Success: 2/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] N/A

National Health Action Party

Candidate: Dr Iain Maclennan

Previous Experience with the Party:

-          None; was the Green Party candidate before they decided not to fight the by-election

Key Campaigning Messages:

-          Work to stop the changes to the NHS that have been instigated in the Health and Social Care Act

Chance of Success: 2/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] 66/1

Monster Raving Loony Party

Candidate: Howling Laud Hope

Previous Experience with the Party:

-          Party Leader

Key Campaigning Messages:

-          According to their website: ‘When asked what his policies would be Alan said “he had a few points to offer”’

Chance of Success: 0.5/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] 1000/1

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Candidate: Darren Proctor

Key Campaigning Messages:

-          Anti-Austerity

Chance of Success: 1/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] 250/1

English Democrats

Candidate: Michael Walters

Previous Experience with the Party:

-          Chairman of Medway EDP and Secretary of the EDP South East Region

Key Campaigning Messages:

Chance of Success: 0.5/10

Betting Odds [Ladbrokes] N/A

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