Scrapbook exposed the questionable professional credentials of the Tories calamitous by-election hopeful Maria Hutchings last week. The gaffe-prone candidate described herself as a “business woman”, name-dropping blue chip companies like Texaco as “clients” — but had apparently never been a director of a company or held shares in an enterprise for which she worked. Now […]

UPDATE: As predicted she didn’t show. Full story here. While Lord Rennard’s allegedly wandering hands have provided Maria Hutchings’ disastrous campaign with political breathing space, the Tories still haven’t confirmed whether their off-message hopeful will be attending the 38 Degrees hustings this evening: Eastleigh Hustings tonight with @mike4eastleigh @mrjohnofarrell & @dianeukip waiting on ‏@mariahutchings to […]

The Tories’ candidate in Eastleigh appears never to have run a company — despite repeated claims that she is a “business woman”. Searches of records held by regulators indicate that gaffe-prone Maria Hutchings’ has never have been a director or to have held shares in a company for which she works. Perhaps anyone who has worked in […]

The Conservatives are really honing their inverse Midas touch down in Eastleigh: The perils of campaigning. Pickles: How old is your daughter? Man at door: He’s a boy — Sophy Ridge (@SophyRidgeSky) February 22, 2013 They really can’t get anything right. In the meantime, the Liberal Democrats — who outnumber the Tories ten to one […]

The Tories are so ashamed of their gaffe-prone by-election candidate that they have stopped Maria Hutchings appearing on a Radio 5 Live debate at which all the other main candidates were present. With suggestions last night that Hutchings might not appear because she would be on the campaign trail with “a cabinet minister”, it later […]

The Tories are obsessed with calling their by-election candidate Maria Hutchings a “local campaigner”, “local champion” and a prospective “local MP”. Indeed, the page of her official website announcing her candidacy mentions the word “local” no less than eight times. But doth the lady (Grant Shapps) protest too much? Hutchings clearly hadn’t read the script when she was speaking […]

The Tories’ candidate in the Eastleigh by-election described David Cameron’s coalition deal with Nick Clegg as a “pact with the devil”, according to The Sun. In an bitter online tirade after she lost to Chris Huhne in 2010, Maria Hutchings wrote: “The Lib Dems have a reduction in seats and yet they might help govern Britain — […]

Conservative activists in Eastleigh have found the perfect venue for their campaign placards: the sign for a private school. Staff and pupils at Woodhill School in Botley are amongst a minority not targeted in a snobbish slur on state schooling by the Tories’ gaffe-prone candidate. Scrapbook trusts Maria Hutchings would deem the £1,754-per-term primary good enough for her “extremely gifted” son.