Senior Tories are said to be “de-toxifying” their brand. They might want a word with whoever selected Maria Hutchings as their candidate to replace Chris Huhne in the Eastleigh by-election.
On her first day of campaigning Hutchings was scrambling to deny comments from an old interview in the Daily Mail.
She was quoted as saying, “It is the minority groups that have benefited from Labour’s time in office—the immigrants, the gays, the bloody foxes” and “I don’t care about refugees”.
Hutchings claims she was misquoted. It’s asylum seekers she doesn’t care about.
She denies the bit about the gays. But in case you’re doubting her homophobia, she says she’d have voted against equal marriage. She’s also staunchly “pro-life”.
Huhne himself had sent one last parting gift to the public.
And we’re not just talking about the bill for his £17,000 severance package.
Huhne treated himself to a £600 iPad on expenses.
Though he may not get much use out of it where he’s going.