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Tory Eastleigh by-election candidate denies making homophobic slur — but confirms she’s against equality

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  1. Sounds like the perfect Tory candidate – her empathy extends no further than her own front door.

    1. She’s called her son John Paul. Enough said. All questions answered.

      1. Paul Brownsey 9 Feb 2013, 12:10pm

        Actually, “John Paul” *could* have another source. There’s John Paul Jones, the US Revolutionary War hero, and John Paul Sartre, the existentialist philosopher…

        1. Jerry Joe 9 Feb 2013, 1:27pm

          Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre you meant ???? Why would she name her son according to US naval officer ???

  2. Typical Tory. I am surprised when the younger ones have these nasty attitudes. How old is she 45? 50? Having a disabled son has taught her no compassion. Moo.

  3. A passionate, dedicated woman who wants to do right – for the causes that only affect her. Pull that ladder up.

  4. Hopefully that attitude will lose her the seat.

  5. Robert (Kettering) 8 Feb 2013, 5:43pm

    Let’s hope then that this vile woman loses Eastleigh. Really she should know better if she’s got a disabled son since disabled people are also subject to a lot of prejudice and inequality.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Feb 2013, 5:44pm

    I’m not hopeful about the Tory party becoming more progessive if she’s anything to go by. It continues to attract people with these nasty attitudes who seem to be the majority in their party no matter their age group it seems. I hope she she loses. A nasty piece of work she is too, but that’s the Tory party for you. They have more of her sort than Labour and Liberal Democrats combined.

  7. I so love this site. It’s full of contributors who I’m entirely in tune with. On that basis there’s nothing that I need to add. Have a nice day one and all. xx

  8. Hannah Buchanan 8 Feb 2013, 5:59pm

    I would gently tell her (in fact I may I’m charmed already) that it does not have to be an either/or scenario.

    Even if she did feel bitter about the lack of help for those with autism, that is no excuse for these comments.

    Don’t be short sighted here. I am lesbian, trans, and in a wheelchair. I care about all three of my minority groups equally. Oh and the immigrants she speaks of, they care for me round the clock and play an invaluable and vital role in my life.

  9. Paula Thomas 8 Feb 2013, 6:14pm

    Does anyone else find it ironic that she is standing for a party which, along with its coalition partners, has enacted the biggest attack on the needs of disabled people?

    1. it was labour that set up and brought in the work capability assessment in 2008. they also planned for the migration of existing claimants to the new system which started in 2010.

      just saying…

  10. Kerry Hollowell 8 Feb 2013, 6:29pm

    oh, come off it, every one has off days and have you experience of raising and caring for an autistic child?

    1. What the hell has that got to do with the price of tea in China? Having a bad day does warrant making a decision to punish good children, women and men who are GLBT and have to suffer barrels of hatred and abuse. Having and caring for an austic child should make her more aware of the prejudice and hatred that exist. There are religious nutters that think if she suffers something perceived as bad, such as having an autistic child, she is being punished by god for something she did.

      Think a little deeper.

    2. ...Paddyswurds 8 Feb 2013, 6:57pm

      eighbour and cousin has three autistic children one of them severely so and she is in no way bigoted and homophobic and is very supportive of Gay causes and Marriage Equality in particular. This Tory homophobe is another moron like the immigrant, pretend Doctor Julia Gasper, who ran for city council in Oxford and thankfully lost her deposit. i sincerely hope that that is the fate of this latest harridan who hates not just Gay people but immigrants and foxes. Sheesh Is the Tory party breeding these idiots somewhere in secret?. We really should be told…….

      1. ...Paddyswurds 8 Feb 2013, 6:58pm

        My**

      2. Their breeding ground is sadly no secret…visit the letters pages of the daily Mail sometime (wear a Hazmat suit if you do – don’t stay too long)….

    3. Congratulations, Kerry. Your comment qualifies you for inclusion in the top ten most stupid trolls this year.

  11. Sister Mary Clarence 8 Feb 2013, 6:49pm

    Foul sucubine springs to mind

  12. The greatest advantage of the www, is that the electorate learn of people like this before they consider who they cast their vote.

    This example of who not to elect, and why the bigots in the equal marriage vote face tough battles in their next fight for re-election.

    1. ...Paddyswurds 8 Feb 2013, 7:49pm

      Gay people have the numbers, influence and money to make sure that every last one of these bigoted homophobes are never re elected or indeed elected to any body never mind the Government of a liberal modern industrialised democracy. If we really put our minds to it it can be done and quite easily….. CallmeDave needs too change the mantra that the Tories are a party of equality to the mantra that half the Tory party is Equality minded….

      1. ...Paddyswurds 8 Feb 2013, 7:51pm

        oops…. to**

  13. CH Brighton 8 Feb 2013, 7:46pm

    She’s clearly ignorant of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, the Disability remit of the EHRC, Every Child Matters, Disability Champions, the Disability remit of the learning and skills development agency and its successors … and so much more all put in place between 1997 and 2010. I think what Ms Hutchings didn’t like was the push for integration of disabled children, including those with learning difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions, into education alongside their non-disabled peers.

  14. What a thoroughly grotty little person.

  15. Sounds like the Tory selectors are still getting it wrong.

  16. What’s the betting Conservative Central Office are already regretting that she’s their candidate.

    One thing’s for certain – she’s just guaranteed that the votes of gay people and their supporters will be going to the Lib Dems and Labour.

    1. I doubt very much whether the Tories will win it. It is a marginal Lib Dem
      seat and although the Lib Dems have lost a lot of support since the last election where they hold a constituency their votes normally hold-up. Also, UKIP could do a good job splitting the Tory vote. It always amuses me how bloody thick Tory newspapers are in giving publicity to Nigel Farage and his chums (instead of Nick Griffin and the BNP) because UKIP takes most of its support away from the Tories whereas the BNP eats into the Labour vote the most.

      1. “The Liberal Democrats look to have a tough job on their hands to retain Chris Huhne’s seat in the Eastleigh byelection after a starting-pistol poll put them three points down on the Conservatives, largely due to the defection of some of their supporters to Labour.” – The Guardian

        Make of that what you will but people are very, very angry with the Liberal Democrats. Although traditional Lib Dem voters would probably never vote Tory, if enough of them switch to Labour, protest vote for other candidates or stay at home, then this odious woman may well win it.

        I think people(/the media) over estimate how much of the Tory vote UKIP are actually stealing. I don’t think Tory newspapers need be too concerned and giving Nigel Farage publicity is a good idea since it’s usually akin to giving him enough rope to hang himself. Plus for every mental ex-Tory he attracts, he probably repels several normal people each time he opens his mouth.

        1. Rebecca Taylor 9 Feb 2013, 2:54pm

          Worth noting that the poll giving the Tories a 3 point lead over the LibDems has a 3 point margin of error….

          If you didn’t know Eastleigh also has a Liberal Democrat majority controlled council (40 LibDem councillors, 4 Conservatives and no Labour/other), and the party had good local election results there in 2011 & 2012. As a LibDem, I’m confident we can hold the seat, but nothing can be taken for granted.

          I’m disappointed Farage is not standing as watching him do spectacularly badly (like when he failed to unseat speaker of the house John Bercow in the 2010 general election), would have been amusing. Needless to say UKIP is even more anti equality than the Tories as opposing equal marriage is UKIP party policy and they sacked their youth leader for expressing support for it!

          1. Oh I know the lib dems will likely win it (and the last thing the country needs is another Tory MP) but if they do not win it will because they took too much for granted.

            “I’m disappointed Farage is not standing as watching him do spectacularly badly […] would have been amusing”

            It would ruin the (self-created) myth that UKIP is now the UK’s third party, which quite frankly I’m sick of seeing quoted as if fact by publications who should know better.

      2. The European elections are the exception to UKIP stealing the Tory vote of course but that’s a different kettle of fish

        1. As the EU elections are the only real democratic elections
          we in Britain are allowed (ie they are run on PR) and are supposed to be about the issue of the EU UKIP do well at them because most people in Britain are to a greater or lesser extent anti-EU and they are the party most noted for being anti-EU though there is also the BNP and even a few left-wing groups who are also.. Basically, EU elections aren’t taking seriously so parties like UKIP do well. A lot of the electorate treat them as a free protest vote. UKIP aren’t regarded as a serious party yet and even if they were if people took notice of their economic policies they would fail dismally. Thatcherite globalist lunacy and pandering to the ultra-rich are not what most people want.

          1. That’s exactly the different kettle of fish I was referring to

  17. Ed Stevens 8 Feb 2013, 10:55pm

    Another “devout” catholic and bigot – you would have though Cameron would have screened her out if he serious about equality -same old nasty party!

  18. Another toxic Tory! Just what Cameron needs. You’d think he or Conservative Central Office would have tried to persuade the Conservative Eastleigh branch to select a candidate with views more in tune with the party leader, especially at a time when he clearly needs more support from his Parliamentary party.

    I am certainly not a supporter of the Lib-Dems, but on this occasion I really hope they win the by-election, just as long as their candidate isn’t a Vatican-ruled ‘mock-liberal’ like Sarah Teather.

  19. Her poor child , what an awful mother she must be. She obviously lacks empathy with her minority disabled son as she has no idea what discrimination affects him and us. Also if she cares so much for those with disabilities , then why be in the tory party , the enemy of the vulnerable and disabled in the uk. Are people in easleigh so stupid , they would vote for this bigot , i hope not.

  20. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Feb 2013, 1:07pm

    Although I hope she loses, I also hope the Tories are re-elected in 2015 to really nail the bigots who voted no and who claim a defeat would be a result of equal marriage support. I can just hear the lame excuses and some of them back-pedalling to avoid a backlash against them, trying to save face.

    1. My hope is for another hung parliament. I would like to see a REAL
      referendum on electoral reform and not the fake one we had with the nonsense of AV. Now that at least some Tories are for the equality of gays they can devote themselves to securing the equality of the voters as it is a stain on this country that Tory and Labour voters have more valuable votes than Lib Dems, Greens, BNP and UKIP supporters.

    2. That’s quite ridiculous. For no other reason than a little bit of schadenfreude you’re hoping for five years of a Tory government?

      If you actually support their policies then fine, but are there not more pressing issues at hand than ensuring that backbench bigots eat a slice of humble pie?

  21. Unfortunately, there is a good chance the horrible cow getting in (2010 Election: Lib 24,966, Con 21,102 Lab 5,153). Hopefully, Labour supporters will vote Liberal this time.

    1. GulliverUK 9 Feb 2013, 8:09pm

      Labour voters could vote tactically to support the LibDems, given they have little chance of winning themselves.

      1. Mind you, I’m forgetting about UKIP, so I think the Liberals are safe.

  22. GulliverUK 9 Feb 2013, 8:07pm

    She simply isn’t fit to be a Tory candidate, she’s homophobic, doesn’t care about people fleeing persecution from elsewhere in the world – when we have an International obligation to support asylum, hates foxes (which is un-British IMO), and is not the sort of candidate which can support all of her potential constituents.

    People there should vote LibDem or Labour – they will be able to offer candidates who can work for everybody in the area, without the prejudicial views that she holds.

    Just because Chris Huhne had issues unrelated to his parliamentary work, should not be any type of stain against the LibDems.

    1. ‘…She simply isn’t fit to be a Tory candidate, she’s homophobic, doesn’t care about people fleeing persecution from elsewhere in the world…’

      i think she is a prefect tory

  23. I think it’s a marginal Tory/Lib Dem contest with a likely slender Lib Dem win because she is unsavoury enough to make disilusioned Lib Dem voters hold their noses and come out to vote instead of staying at home. I predict that Labour’s vote will hold up or increase.

  24. Little Lottie 10 Feb 2013, 7:14pm

    What Mrs Hutchings doesn’t seem to realise is that sometimes people fall into at least three of those four categories.
    Children with special needs often become adults with special needs.
    I help to run a social group for adults with a specific type of disability and there are some who are both immigrants and gay. Some of them might be a little bit foxy at times too.

    1. Little Lottie 10 Feb 2013, 7:16pm

      And I am entitled to say that they are foxy because I am one of them.

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