There was no sign of life at Tory Party HQ in Hedge End when I walked past their "southern parishes" clubhouse today.
There is a town council by election on 13th February. The independent candidate, Ray Turner, UKIP, Labour and Lib Dems have all been delivering leaflets. But nothing from the Tories.
With 41% of Conservative members favouring some kind of electoral pact with UKIP, have our local Tories decided to stab their coalition partners in the back and let UKIP have a free run against the Lib Dems?
The Tories do have a record of not turning up in Eastleigh when the going gets tough...
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