By-election fight 'clean'
Chris Huhne's disgrace is "in the past", the Tory battling to snatch his former seat declared, as she promised a "clean campaign".
Maria Hutchings spoke at the launch of what is expected to be a brutal battle with the party's Liberal Democrat Westminster coalition partners.
Sitting alongside party chairman Grant Shapps, she also made clear she was opposed to David Cameron's gay marriage reforms and strongly Eurosceptic.
Mrs Hutchings, who failed to topple Huhne in 2010 by 3,864 votes, has been picked to fight the seat again after the former cabinet minister resigned in disgrace.
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Polling carried out by Tory former treasurer Lord Ashcroft in the wake of Lib Dem Huhne's guilty plea to dodging speeding points gave the party a three-point lead.
But – after senior figures highlighted the issue of voter "trust" – the peer warned they should "not expect many to switch parties out of disgust".