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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Ave Maria?

Victoria Derbyshire is hosting her 5Live show tomorrow in Eastleigh, in front of a live audience.

All the four main party candidates (LD, Con, Lab, UKIP) have been invited and it should be the highest profile hustings of the campaign to date. It should be lively event.

Except, I'm told, there will be one absence: Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings is 'too busy' to attend, the BBC has been informed.

Given her verbal handbagging of Tony Blair in 2005 (live on TV) and her general outspokenness, surely this can't be true? Can it?

Well, I hear that Mrs Hutchings has a decent reason: a senior Cabinet minister is visiting the seat tomorrow. The Beeb have been asked to change the time of their event but have failed to come to an agreement with CCHQ.

Will the impasse be resolved in time for transmission tomorrow?

 

 

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