'Moving the writ' triggers Eastleigh by-election

The Liberal Democrats' chief whip Alistair Carmichael has triggered the Eastleigh by-election in Parliament. He 'moved the writ' for the constituency of former Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne in the House of Commons this morning.

Huhne resigned as Eastleigh MP after pleading guilty in a court case over whether his ex-wife had taken speeding points on his behalf.

The by-election to find a new MP for the constituency in Hampshire will take place on Thursday 28th February,

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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.