Tory MP Fabricant criticises 'muffled' party message

Conservative vice-chairman Michael Fabricant said the party's voice was "muffled" and unclear following the defeat in the Eastleigh by-election.

The MP took to Twitter to argue that the party needed to "simplify its message":


#Eastleigh The Conservative voice is muffled and not crisp. It does not clearly project Conservative core policies or principles.


#Eastleigh The Cons Party must now co-ordinate & simplify its message without policy distractions away from core principles. 26 months


#Eastleigh Everyone from the PM downwards must focus on the economy, immigration, crime, Europe and not allow other side policies distract


Tory MPs 'in despair'

David Cameron is under pressure to return to core Conservative values as the party's dismal showing in the Eastleigh by-election triggered a new bout of soul-searching in the Tory ranks.