The Tory campaign in Eastleigh has gone into meltdown

21st February, 2013 5:22 pm

Many of you will be familiar with Michael Fabricant, the Vice Chair of the Conservative Party with responsibility for campaigns. He was in charge of the Tory campaign in Corby (which they lost, of course) and is now heading up their efforts in Eastleigh. So it was bizarre a week before the by-election (which the Tories need to win if they are to have any hope of proving Cameron can win a majority) that Fabricant decided to send this tweet:

michael-fabricant-suck-job-twet

 

I’m all in favour of MPs being themselves on Twitter – in fact I encourage it – but this is (at best) unbecoming for the Vice Chairman of the party of government, and perhaps suggests that Fabricant doesn’t have his eye entirely on the ball that is the Eastleigh campaign.

And to a certain extent, can you blame him?

So far in this election the Tory candidate has proved to be a disaster, who disagrees with Cameron on Europe, Abortion and Gay Marriage, has attacked local state schools, has been unmasked as someone who tried to attack Tony Blair – and was such a liability that she didn’t turn up for the BBC hustings in the constituency, leading her to be empty chaired. Hutchings is a Tea Party Tory – and as a result, the party are hiding her from public view.

It was supposed to be so easy.

What should have been an easy win for the Tories. This is happening in one of their target seats, with a year to plan and execute the campaign if/when the time came, with more money than the Lib Dems and a disgraced Lib Dem MP stepping down in a trial that was major national news. If they do manage a win now – which seems less likely by the day (the Lib Dems are now solid favourites with the bookies) then it certainly won’t be the resounding one that the Tories were after as recently as two weeks ago. Here’s how the odds of a Tory win have slumped on Betfair. They’re gone from a 50% chance of winning to less than 20%:

betfaireastleigh

Even the Spectator thinks that the Tories have lost.

No wonder Fabricant is tweeting smut – he has probably given up. But I bet CCHQ won’t be happy – and if I were  Tory activist (god forbid) I’d be furious at how those who are meant to be running campaigns are behaving. They’ve probably thrown Fabricant in the same cupboard they’re hiding obviously Maria Hutchings in – and since he’s shown so little remorse, they might even throw away the key. Or at the very least, his phone.

 

  • Alexwilliamz

    If that really is his twitter account it also has an odd avatar for a senior mp.

  • Monkey_Bach

    Anybody who has managed to give birth to a twelve year old aspirant surgeon can’t be all bad, surely? And as far as Michael Fabricant goes, well, it’s a wig isn’t it? Or possibly a Yorkshire Terrier? Eeek.

    • JoeDM

      There’s nothing wrong with ambition. Our daughter decided that she’d be a barrister at the age of 12 or 13 after watching Rumpole on TV. And she achieved it last year.

      • Monkey_Bach

        And your son is some kind of a big wig trainee in the city isn’t he? I seem to remember you boasting about him on another threat. Talented family you lot aren’t you? Or at the very least imaginative, eh? Eeek.

        • JoeDM

          Yes, two successful children. Both have been to good Universities and established in careers as well adjusted responsible members of society. What’s wrong with that? I think it is something, as very traditional parents with very traditional family values, we can be very proud of.

          • aracataca

            I would argue that both your children are the intellectual giants of the modern era, they can be compared with Aristotle in Ancient Greece or Immanuel Kant in Enlightenment Germany.One can tell that they come from powerfully intellectual stock by reading your ever insightful, intuitive and informative remarks on here.

          • JoeDM

            What a silly reply !!!

          • Monkey_Bach

            You nose must be quite long by now I would imagine. Eeek.

          • JoeDM

            Never heard of repeats?

            There are rather a lot of them !!!!

            And don’t forget the books either.

          • Monkey_Bach

            Methinks the righty doth protest too much! But maybe one day he’ll be a real boy. Eeek.

        • aracataca

          Joe DM is an intellectual colossus and his son is the new Wittgenstein Can’t you tell a genius when you read his words?

          • JoeDM

            LOL

            Oh dear.

        • JoeDM

          Why is individual success so difficult for trendy lefties?

          • Monkey_Bach

            Why is bullshit so important to ossified righties? Eeek.

  • NT86

    Thank god I’ve already eaten. Michael Fabricant making references to oral sex is enough to put one into a seizure.

    As for the rest of today I love comedy, but after reading what went down I have never laughed so hard at a political story before.

    This is a by-election with candidates from the Monster Raving Loony Party, Elvis Loves Pets and Beer, Baccy and Crumpet (never heard of them, but there you go). Surely Ms Hutchings should be added to that list of comedians. A report in the Guardian said that she was at a cable manufacturer in Eastleigh at the time, thus couldn’t make the hustings.

    Turning out to be a PR debacle for the Tories. Anything to wipe the smile off the faces of people like Grant Shapps.

  • JoeDM

    The Tory candidate seems to be much closer to the average Tory voter than ‘Dave’ and his wet Cameroonian chums. ‘Dave’ is going to end up with egg all over his face from this one.

    It will be interesting to see how the Cameroonians try to explain their loss next Friday morning.

    Of course, there is the possibility of Labour coming 4th behind UKIP. Now that would be even more interesting.

    • robertcp

      Maybe the explanation will be that the candidate is not a Cameroonian. To be fair, she cannot be all bad if she tried to attack Tony Blair!

      • JoeDM

        The writing is already on the wall. Maria Hutchings is going to find a significant number of her core supporters either sitting at home on polling day or voting for UKIP.

        The Limp DemoPrat has it to lose.

    • reformist lickspittle

      It is only “even more interesting” in your dreams, pal 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graeme-Hancocks/1156294498 Graeme Hancocks

    If the Tories cannot win Eastleigh easily in such circumstances, then Cameron is doomed. Although no fan of the libdems anymore, it is important that whilst Labour pick up northern, midland. Welsh, Scottish and London seats from them, they hold off the tories in the south and south west.

  • John Ruddy

    I thought it was Grant Shapps who was running the campaign? Or was it MIchael Green? I forget.

  • AlanGiles

    You do begin to wonder if these increasing “foot in mouth” moments by Tories – the silly woman in Eastleigh,with the would-be cardio surgeon, and now this “Round the Horne” type double-entendre from Michael Fabricant, the apparent bullying from Gove’s desperate office etc etc etc.

    Take this, for example from London’s Evening Standard, hardly a friend of Labour, regarding disgraced former Tory GLA minister Brian “Bucketmouth” Coleman:-

    http://www.standard.co.uk/panewsfeeds/councillor-slept-with-footballer-8505621.html

    If you choose to believe the first part of his message (and you have to wonder why a young professional footballer with the world at his feet would choose to have a dalliance with portly middle-aged Coleman), the very serious allegation in the final paragraph of the article, albeit 6 years old, seems calculated to cause embarrassment.

    If I were Cameron, I would be inclined to adopt a Captain Bligh (HMS Bounty) attitude to the troops: “Back, back, you mutinous dogs!. You see what I have in my hand? – it’s a script of Hollyoaks and I’m not afraid to use it….”

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