By Ray Fleming Chris Huhne's resignation as MP for Eastleigh is a loss to British politics; he was an effective minister and a creative policy-maker in his party. His departure may also have a profound effect on the future of British politics in general. In 2010 the Liberal Democrats won Eastleigh by a majority just short of 4'000. From 1958 to 1974 the seat was easily held by the Conservatives who will think it is now recoverable especially since UKIP's announcement yesterday that it will not contest the by-election. Labour can be no more than an interested bystander in Eastleigh.