Nick Boles

Exclusive: Nick Boles to get roasting from No 10 over ‘rotten campaign’ comments

13 March 2013 17:04

Nick Boles is getting a roasting in Number 10 tonight for his comments in The Times about the Eastleigh by-election,…

Michael Fabricant poses with the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate outside the UKIP campaign offices during the Eastleigh by-election. Picture: Getty

‘We aren’t connecting with the electorate’: Michael Fabricant on the Tory election challenge

7 March 2013 16:09

The only Tory more Tiggerish than Michael Fabricant is the party chairman Grant Shapps, and perhaps that’s why the two…

Tories campaigning in Eastleigh

‘We called quite a few dead people’: How the Tories’ lack of data let them down in Eastleigh

2 March 2013 15:54

At 9.15pm, with 45 minutes until polls closed in the Eastleigh by-election, the ‘get out the vote’ telephone operation at…

Are Tory MPs acting like Corporal Jones yet? Not really.

Eastleigh result: the Tories aren’t panicking, but that doesn’t mean they won’t

1 March 2013 17:17

Don’t panic, don’t panic! But are the Tories actually panicking about the Eastleigh result? Coffee House readers will have seen…

Greg Barker's dog on the campaign trail. The Tories need more footsoldiers for future campaigns, canine or otherwise. Picture: Getty

Don’t panic: the Tories can do better than Eastleigh

1 March 2013 15:23

There’s no disguising the fact that last night’s result was a very disappointing one for Conservatives. There were three small…

Voters Go To The Polls In The Eastleigh By-Election

If David Cameron is serious about losing the next election he'll cuddle-up to UKIP

1 March 2013 13:14

OK. Remember this: by-elections are always liable to be interpreted too keenly. Elections often fought on local issues then have…

UKIP campaigned heavily on immigration in Eastleigh. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh by-election: The Tories are suffering for gay marriage, and need to focus on migrants and a cost of living budget

1 March 2013 9:50

It would be churlish to suggest that the Eastleigh by-election is ‘disastrous’, but coming third in a seat we polled…

Maria Hutchings

Move to the right? The Tories need to worry about anti-politics voters too

1 March 2013 9:22

So in the end Eastleigh went for the ‘crisis for Cameron’ option by putting the Tories in third behind UKIP.…

Nick Clegg and Lib Dem Eastleigh candidate Mike Thornton. Picture: Getty

Lib Dems hold Eastleigh as UKIP force Tories into third

1 March 2013 2:58

It was a successful night for the Liberal Democrats in Eastleigh and a disastrous one for the Tories. The Liberal…

Eastleigh By-Election

Eastleigh by-election live blog

1 March 2013 0:11

12am: The word from the count is the Liberal Democrats have held Eastleigh. Intriguingly, the Liberal Democrats think UKIP have…


Eastleigh: the different results and what they’d mean

28 February 2013 22:41

So now that the polls have closed in Eastleigh, here are the likely scenarios for tonight’s Eastleigh by-election result, and…

David Cameron in Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon

PMQs sketch: Miliband has ‘one of those days’

27 February 2013 17:14

What a strange PMQs. The house seemed half empty. The tug of elsewhere dominated proceedings. Richard Drax asked the prime…


Small By-Election in Hampshire; Not Many Dead

26 February 2013 16:18

By-elections are catnip for the media. But they are also, almost invariably, subject to greater scrutiny than they can reasonably…

Nick Clegg and Lib Dem Eastleigh candidate Mike Thornton. Picture: Getty

How will the Rennard allegations affect the Eastleigh by-election?

25 February 2013 12:15

What effect will the Rennard allegations have on the Eastleigh by-election? Channel 4 has been working on the story for…

Danny Alexander and Nick Clegg. Photo: Getty Images.

Nick Clegg drags Danny Alexander into the Rennard allegations

24 February 2013 19:45

Nick Clegg has come back from Spain to admit that he did know about the allegations about Lord Rennard’s behaviour…

Lord Rennard (right) with Ming Campbell at a Lib Dem conference. Picture: Getty

Nick Clegg needs a QC to address the Rennard crisis

24 February 2013 12:55

‘What did he know and when did he know it’ is one of the staples of modern journalism and it…

The UKIP office in Eastleigh

UKIP surge in Eastleigh

23 February 2013 12:38

By-elections are notoriously hard to call. But everyone who comes back from Eastleigh says the same thing, UKIP are the…

Eric Pickles is campaigning in Eastleigh today. Picture: Getty

Eric Pickles in Eastleigh: Lib Dems are holding Tories back

22 February 2013 17:05

All the evidence is pointing to a Lib Dem win in Eastleigh, but those Tories visiting are continuing to fight…

Boris Johnson campaigning in Eastleigh yesterday. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh shows how difficult the 2015 Tory/Lib Dem fight will be

21 February 2013 12:31

The good news for Nick Clegg—and the bad news for David Cameron—is that the Liberal Democrats are racing certainties to…

The Conservatives' latest campaign poster in Eastleigh

Maria Hutchings says what she thinks. But is she thinking what Eastleigh voters are thinking?

19 February 2013 10:24

One of the key strands of the Conservative campaign in Eastleigh is trust: not just because campaigners can remind voters…


PMQs sketch: In which Cameron both chooses and answers the questions.

13 February 2013 16:54

Whoosh! Crasshh! Ploophm! Crummppp! The personal attacks came pounding in on David Cameron today. Ed Miliband asked about declining living…

George Osborne on the campaign trail with Maria Hutchings in Eastleigh. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh by-election parties fight over policy they both support

13 February 2013 11:56

Alarming news reaches this blog from the Eastleigh by-election, where the battle has descended into a catfight about a policy…

Maria Hutchings and Grant Shapps campaigning in Eastleigh. Picture: PA

Tory poll weaknesses show why an Eastleigh win is so important

11 February 2013 15:13

The latest ICM poll for The Guardian is interesting because it highlights the weakness in both the Tory and Labour…

Ed Davey

Ed Davey sounds more enthusiastic about Nick Clegg than Nick Clegg himself

10 February 2013 15:43

It took a while for Nick Clegg to confirm that he would stay with his party to 2015, but today…

Labour has had a stall in Eastleigh for two weeks already, while the Tories visited the constituency nine months ago. Picture: PA

Labour’s Eastleigh by-election fight

10 February 2013 10:51

The Eastleigh by-election machine is well and truly up and running this weekend, with ministers starting to make their way…