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,
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.