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Eastleigh by-election in 3 weeks

The Eastleigh by-election has been formally triggered after the resignation earlier this week of the constituency's former MP Chris Huhne. Voting will take place on 28th February.

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Conservatives unveil Eastleigh candidate

The Tories unveiled their candidate for the Eastleigh by-election tonight as the party geared up for a brutal battle with its Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Maria Hutchings will make a fresh bid to snatch the seat after ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne, whom she narrowly failed to topple in 2010, quit after admitting dodging a speeding penalty.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg urged voters not to exact retribution for his former leadership rival's disgrace as the party formally moved the writ in the Commons for a February 28 poll.

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