The Prime Minister could be in for a nasty shock in the forthcoming Eastleigh by-election caused by the ignominious departure of Chris Huhne, who has represented the seat for the Lib Dems since 2005.
The latest opinion poll shows that, despite the grisly events surrounding Huhne’s resignation, the Lib Dems are leading the Conservatives by three points.
A victory here for the Lib Dems would be a massive boost to Nick Clegg amid talk that at the next general election they face virtual annihilation. The Lib Dems could also benefit from the fact Tory candidate Maria Hutchings does not exactly see eye-to-eye with David Cameron on every issue of policy. So, generally speaking, the augurs look good for the Lib Dems. But not too much must be read into that. At the last general election, pundits and pollsters alike predicted the Lib Dems would improve hugely on their showing at the 2005 general election. Yet, they actually lost five seats. Cameron will be praying the pollsters repeat their errors this time round.