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Humiliated Tory Maria Hutchings departs without comment
10:25am Friday 1st March 2013 in News
DEFEATED Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings left the count this morning without speaking to waiting press after the result.
The mother of four was clearly upset at not only her failure to win the seat but the fact she was humiliatingly beaten into third place by UKIP.
The Conservatives had mounted a high-profile campaign to get behind Mrs Hutchings, who lost to disgraced ex-MP Chris Huhne at the last general election.
Prime Minister David Cameron had visited the constituency twice while other senior Cabinet ministers including Chancellor George Osborne and Home Secretary Theresa May had also show their support for their candidate.
She made one huge gaffe, saying no state schools in Eastleigh were good enough for her son.
Her election agent was Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery who said the result had been “pretty tough” for Mrs Hutchings.
When asked why she left the count so suddently Mr Hollingbery said: “Have you ever met Maria?”
He added: "She is a pretty emotional sort. It has been pretty tough for her."