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Angry voters will swing back to Labour

February 5, 2013
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Candidate says: Labour can win here

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James Penders (L) campainging in Eastleigh last Saturday

A local Labour candidate has predicted that the disgruntled labour voters who swung to the liberal democrats in 2010 will return to the party fold in the forthcoming by-election.

James Penders who is standing for Labour in the Eastleigh West division in Mays Ccounty Council elections reacted to news of Mr Huhne’s resignation by tweeting that it was a great day for Eastleigh.

In the 2010 General Election Labour’s share of the vote in Eastleigh slumped by 11% to its lowest level ever as traditional Labour supporters swung to the Lib Dems after Huhne managed to convince them that it was Nick Clegg’s new social progressive policies that now matched their aspirations not Labour.

This was aided by the high profile defection to the Lib Dem camp of Labour’s original PPC Dan Clarke – no w a Lib Dem Councillor.

At the time Dan wrote an eloquent piece on an influential blog on his reasons for leaving Labour which must have resonated with labour supporters.  Lib Dem leaflets stressed to Labour supporters that voting Labour would only help David Cameron but only days after being elected Chris Huhne helped David Cameron form a coalition.

Lib Dem leaflet

James Penders told Eastleigh News:

“The Labour Party has been poor in its local opposition recently even though Eastleigh wards have been former Labour strongholds

“In 2010 people felt they needed a change after 13 years of a Labour government. They have tried that for three years and don’t like it.

“People are angry that their vote was abused – they voted for one thing and got something else.”

Penders has criticised the ruling Conservatives on Hampshire Council for cut backs in what he describes as ‘grassroots services’ like Surestart childrens centres and care homes.

Cuts in council staff hours, he added  has impacted on family incomes and is depressing the local economy as well as causing hardship.

I asked where cuts would be made if Labour ran Hampshire County Council and Penders  said he would favour a cut in the budget for  leisure and he thought that expenditure on capital projects like road building could be trimmed to protect essential services.

Penders  faces a stiff task in Eastleigh West as the last time the party ended up bottom of the heap, fourth behind Ukip.

I point out there is currently only one Labour councillor on HCC – what could one Labour voice possibly achieve?

“It’s better for working people to have one voice than no voice” he retorted.

The by-election will be used as a barometer for the state of the parties nationally, so unlike the General Election in 2010, the Labour Party is expected to put considerable resources into the campaign.

Penders insisted that this time round the necessary means will be in place to run a strong campaign in both the County and the by-election. ‘Fresh blood’ has been recruited and they can now call on the help and experience of their Southampton City Council colleagues.

 “Five years ago Southampton Labour Party was in a similar situation but they turned it around. A good showing this year will also provide a base for next year’s borough elections”

“We are going to show people: Labour can win here”



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23 Responses to Angry voters will swing back to Labour

  1. Jayne on February 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I didn’t swing to the Liberal Democrats … I was voting tactically to keep the Tories out … think that one backfired!

    • Eastleigh Xpress on February 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      You too eh? The conservative candidate wouldn’t have made a bad constituency MP either. I don’t believe that Lib Dems can retain Labour support this time.

  2. Andrew on February 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I’m voting UKIP!

    • David Knowles on February 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Oh yes,and you will help the Lib dems win again!

  3. Snoep on February 7, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Vote UKIP

  4. Keith on February 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Split the Tory vote and the Lib Dems will get back in and we don’t want that!

    • Andrew on February 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      There’s nothing to choose between the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems. Vote for any of them and all you end up with more of the same. There are too many turkeys in this country voting for Christmas which is why nothing ever changes and there’s such a gulf between what we want and what they do. I’m voting for change, I’m voting UKIP.

  5. Ray Turner on February 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Everybody is worried about UKIP taking precious votes off them. The Lib Dems don’t want their vote split either…

    The best way to avoid another Lib Dem (or Tory) MP, is to not vote Lib Dem (or Tory). Where your vote goes after that is entirely up to you, but it is important to turn out and vote…

  6. Charles Barrie on February 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Why can’t the electorate use their brains for a change,this is what the “big three” want,as long as you vote for them nothing will change.Vote for ANYONE,but the Lib-Lab-Con.

  7. rigel on February 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

    UKIP = unimpressive knowledge in practice
    = unmanageable knot in policy
    =unsure kosher if pork

  8. vicky on February 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Vote UKIP the LibLabCons have made a mess of our country. a vote for UKIP in Eastleigh is a giant leap for the future of Britain- UKIP wil give us the voice we need -

  9. vicky on February 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Think positive a vote for UKIP is a vote for UKIP our country needs UKIP in power to give us a voice. Vote UKIP the LibLabCons have made a mess of our country. a vote for UKIP in Eastleigh is a giant leap for the future of Britain- UKIP wil give us the voice we need we need to start somewhere Eastleigh can give Britain that start

    • Alva on February 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Hi there, I work for the BBC, please can you e mail me alva.white@bbc.co.uk

  10. Rod on February 10, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Save the NHS – Vote National Health Action Party. It’s time for government by the people, for the people.

  11. Angry Pensioner on February 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    If you are a pensioner consider voting for the candidate who will oppose the single-tier pension proposals. The standard pension of £107 pw will not change but the new single tier standard pension will be £37 pw more..

  12. mary jackson (@maryjac55579252) on February 11, 2013 at 12:11 am

    vote for anyone but Lib-dem or tory

  13. Alva on February 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Hi there – I work for the BBC and would be interested in talking to you – could you e mail me? alva.white@bbc.co.uk

    • Matthew Myatt on February 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Who Me.??

      • Alva on February 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        Hi there, I work for the BBC, please can you e mail me alva.white@bbc.co.uk

      • Alva on February 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        sorry – that should have said YES! Interested in talking to voters. Thanks
        Alva

  14. CharlieK on February 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    How can you vote for any party that bases its appeal on ‘chose us ‘coz we aren’t the otthers?’ Apart from pulling out of Europe, what do UKIP stand for… what is their philosphy?

  15. Pete Stewart on February 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

    CharlieK… Your comments raise important questions which EVERYONE should be able to answer. If not, then they should ask themselves why they are continuing to vote Conservative or Labour (the two most likely parties to form a government).

    I must correct one small point: We don’t advise people to vote UKIP simply because UKIP is “none of the others” (although there is logic in that, like there’s logic in the Alexander principle, i.e. doing the opposite to what’s got you into poor health in the first place usually gets you out of it).

    So here are my questions. Can you all answer them?

    Q1: Why do we have hardly any manufacturing base left?

    Q2: Why do we allow cheap foreign labour to make most of our goods?

    Q3: Why do a handful of rather rich entrepreneurs and their political puppets get ever richer while our working class march relentlessly towards slavery and poverty?

    Q4: Why did Conservative and Labour politicians open our borders to a mass immigration of cheap EU labour in 1994?

    Q5: Why are Conservative leaders still advocating opening our borders to Bulgaria and Rumania on January 1st, when David Cameron said yesterday to Eastleigh News, that the mass immigration of cheap EU labour had already been “catastrophic”?

    Q6: Why does the developed world lack the economic resilience to bounce out of recession, while the “developing world” seems to be doing ok?

    Q7: Why Did are Labour and Conservative so afraid of UKIP?

    Q8: Why do we operate a trade surplus with the whole world except the EU where we have run a deficit every year since 1973 bar one?

    Q9: Why did our taxes began to soar after EU enlargement in 2004 and the creation of more net beneficiary States?

    Q10: Is it viable in the long term for British taxpayers to continue paying £20,000 plus in benefits to EU migrant workers and their families living in Europe, simply because they are part of the EU?

    Q11: Should the EU cost Britain £125 Billion annually (source the Taxpayers Alliance)?

    Q12: Is it right that our roads should be crumbling while we pay the EU £52 million a day?

    Q13: Is it possible that by voting UKIP, we might force the ruling elite who have taken over Britain to let go and to enable an improvement in our fortunes?

    Q14: Is it possible that by voting UKIP this would enable Britain to leave the EU in an orderly, amicable fashion and to re-establish profitable trade with the rest of the world?

    If you care to pop into our campaign HQ at the junction of Leigh Rd and Market St for a cup of tea and a biscuit, I’m sure someone will be more than happy to explain to your satisfaction why EVERYTHING hinges on leaving the EU.

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