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.
The Tories have unveiled their candidate for the Eastleigh by-election as the party geared up to battle the Liberal Democrats.
Nick Clegg today appealed to voters in Eastleigh not to exact retribution on the Liberal Democrats for Chris Huhne's conduct.