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Lib Dems extend gains on Parish Councils

May 4, 2012
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With all results in from Parish and Town council elections Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats continued to buck the national trend and  are ‘moving forward’ towards their goal of holding every single seat on the Borough, Parish and Town council by assuming control of Bishopstoke Parish Council.

In what was billed as the ‘Battle for Bishopstoke‘ the Lib Dems  won every seat on the Parish Council except three, one of which was regained by labour’s Sue Toher – the former Chair – the other two went to Christine Mckeone for Labour and Ukip’s Martin Lyon following several recounts.

Among the Borough Councillors who now also find themselves holding Parish Council seats at Bishopstoke is Cllr Chris Thomas who in future will have to juggle his new duties as a Bishopstoke Parish councillor with his existing  role as County Councillor for Eastleigh East, a Borough Councillor for Eastleigh North and as the Chairman of Eastleigh Local Area Committee.

Ukip’s gain on the Parish Council came at the expense of the loss of Hugh McGuiness’s seat. However Ukip have still effectively doubled the number of their parish seats in the Borough as Cllr McGuiness still holds a seat on Fair Oak Parish Council.

At Hedge End the Lib Dem Paul Carnell beat the conservative’s Jerry Hall to ensure that the Town Council remains completely in Lib Dem hands except for the independent Keith Day (aka ‘Hedgeendblogger’).

Not everything went the Lib Dems way though as Botley Parish Council returned  six Independents five Lib Dems  and one  Conservative – Graham Hunter – who had had been beaten into second place last night for the Botley borough seat by Rupert Kyrle.

Cllr Kyrle was re-elected to Botley PC where he will now be joined by his wife Karen who had also stood for the Lib Dems.

Hamble voters elected three Lib Dems and nine Independents (or with no affiliation declared) to their Parish Council.

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12 Responses to Lib Dems extend gains on Parish Councils

  1. Peter Stewart on May 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    These multiple voting slips are very confusinig. Many people voted just once, believing they had only one vote (in fact they had six). Many people who really wanted to see Hugh cGuinness on elected, also voted for LibDem candidates too, not realizing this would actually help oust Hugh due to the way the votes are aggragated. But the UKIP lion is now elected (Martin Lyon).

  2. Sam Snook on May 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    FOCUS 3/5/2012
    Darshan Mann Will speak up!!!!
    Our area needs strong and effective voices on
    the Borough Council THAT listen to local people. Darshan is up for the job.
    Perhaps he will speak up for Cllr Bicknel who said: The character of the Aviary Estate is really special.A new policy in the councils plans “WIIL” save green spaces on our estate.

    I look forward to hearing Darshan Mann speak.
    Sam Snook

    • maureen on May 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Don’t hold your breath, Sam! Perhaps you’d be good enough to post here when he speaks up for Stoneham.

  3. Sue Toher on May 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Small but important correction, Stephen. Labour’s Christine McKeone was also re-elected to Bishopstoke Parish Council

    • Eastleigh Xpress on May 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Corrected. How did I miss that! Apologies (and congratulations) to both you and Christine.

  4. Lee Harris on May 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    As an ex parish councillor, this whole artical is miss guided as all parish councils are not party political. Its about local people working together whatever their background, for their community.

    • Eastleigh Xpress on May 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Well that’s the idea I grant you.
      But do you really think Councilors on Hedge End Town Council rubber stamping the decisions they took at full council is a fine example of
      “local people working together whatever their background, for their community” ??

      • Keith Day on May 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        Hedge End Town Council has been explicitly politicised by the Lib Dems, as their recent campaign to get their man elected in the Shamblehurst ward by-election shows: http://www.hedgeend.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/best-man-for-job-or-derby-winner.html

        Hedge End Town Council has nine Lib Dem Borough councillors, three Lib Dem County councillors, and four Lib Dems with seats on other parish councils.

        Last year the chair, vice-chair and four of the five committee chairs were Lib Dem Borough Councillors.

  5. Sam Snook on May 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Lib Dem Focus
    Darshan’s on your side.
    Perhaps South Ward councillors would arrange a
    surgery to introduce Darshans to HIS local community, as most people have never seen Darshan. He say’s,its all about making sure local people have the chance to get involved.
    It sounds good “Keith”
    Sam Snook

  6. Matthew Myatt on May 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    As an ex parish councillor, this whole artical is miss guided as all parish councils are not party political. Its about local people working together whatever their background, for their community.

    Where were you a Parish Councillor.?? What a load of bollocks.

    • Jenny Schwausch on May 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Who is this Miss Guided – we need her on all the parish councils that Lee Harris hasn’t been on because all the others are POLITICAL!

  7. pianoman on May 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Where were you a Parish Councillor.?? What a load of bollocks.

    Must have been Dibley!

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