Possible byelection date revealed

Chris Huhne on track

Has Chris run his course? Huhne at the Eastleigh 10k last Sunday.

November 15 is the most likely date for a byelection Eastleigh News understands. An unconfirmed, but well placed source has revealed that an election, if needed, would be most likely held on the same day as voting for a new police commissioner. All three major parties agreed to the date last week.

Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne is due to face trial on charges of perverting of Justice – allegations which he strongly denies – by October.

If found guilty he could face a jail sentence but former cabinet colleague Baroness Warsi has also said she believes Mr Huhne could decide to stand down anyway.

Her recent comments ignited election fever in the town and Eastleigh News has been told that Labour, the Greens and TUSC all now have candidates selected in readiness.

Maria Hutchings, a 2010 candidate is believed to be the likely choice again for the Conservatives and Eastleigh News has exclusively reported how the Tories have been upgrading facilities at a local Tory club under the smokescreen of the local elections in preparation of a byelection tussle.

If Mr Huhne is at all perturbed at the prospect of vultures circling round he isn’t showing it and has thrown himself into his constituency work since resigning his cabinet post.

The former Minister for Energy expended a considerable amount of the stuff to run Sunday’s Eastleigh 10k in a creditable 53 minutes – he has also been campaigning for a reduction in local road speed limits.

Even so, one local politician – who did not wish to be named – described Mr Huhne as an isolated figure telling Eastleigh News:

“Huhne is dying the death of a thousand stabs in the back with plenty of time to think about those he has stabbed in the back. None of them have any sympathy for him – a painful death”

See also:

Huhne backs lower speed limits

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  11 comments for “Possible byelection date revealed

  1. Peter Stewart
    March 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Well done Eastleigh’s MP for running 6 miles in 53 minutes. That’s about 8.5 minutes per mile or 7 mph. That’s a pretty impressive speed considering his age and considering he is a politician. I wonder how many Eastleigh News readers could equal that. I’m sure I couldn’t.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Our old schoolmate Henry Swinzto did it in 39 minutes and he is 55!

  2. Peter Stewart
    April 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I believe Henry is a runner though!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      He was always super fit 🙁

  3. Sam Snook
    April 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Do we really need 78 County Councillors and 44 Borough Councillors?

  4. Stephen Slominski
    April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    And how many parish or town councilors do we have Sam?

  5. The Big X
    April 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I understand that a property in Barton Road, Eastleigh has today been put on the market for sale. Would be very interesting if true.!!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      What, is Chris Gilkes moving?

  6. Sue Toher
    April 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Are you mischief making Eastleigh Xpress? Of course Chris is not moving.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      No at all. Perhaps Big X would clarify their comment – apart from Chris, how many politicos are living in Barton Rd?

  7. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    April 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Well, I have checked Rightmove and I can confirm there aren’t any houses for sale in Barton Road – perhaps Big X is getting confused with Dutton Lane? Or somewhere else? Come on Big X explain yourself…don’t be shy!

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