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By-election in Hedge End

January 9, 2014
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Vacant Town Council post to be filled via an election rather than co-option

Ballott boxFollowing the death of one of Hedge End’s Town Councillor’s in December and the publication of a co-option notice on the Hedge End Town Council website, an election notice has now been issued to fill the vacancy.

Provided sufficient candidates come forward, the Hedge End Wildern by-election will be held on Thursday 13th February, with the Polling Station open from 7am until 10pm.

Often these vacancies are filled by co-option, with the Town Councillors deciding who they want to appoint to the vacancy, but the regulations are such that if sufficient residents give notice to the Returning Officer a by-election is held. Upholding the promise that Labour made when I interviewed Andrew Helps last year, The Hedge End, West End and Botley Labour party have organised the necessary signatures and are keen to contest the by-election, so that Hedge Ender’s have a choice about who represents them.

Prior to the death of Cllr June Watson, Hedge End Town Council comprised twenty Lib Dem Councillors and one Independent, Cllr Keith Day. As has previously been reported on Eastleigh News, this has made it difficult to get certain matters discussed at Full Council. The standing orders are such that if there’s no seconder for an opposition motion, it cannot be discussed in Full Council and with Cllr Keith Day being the sole member of the opposition, the Lib Dems can easily avoid any discussions that they don’t want to have…

The deadline for the receipt of nominations for candidates in this election is midday on 17th January. The nomination forms can be obtained from the Electoral Dept at the Civic Offices. When completed, they should be taken to the Civic Offices and handed to a member of the Electoral Dept, rather than posted. You do not need to be a member of a political party to stand for election to the Town Council and you do not need to provide a deposit. Provided you meet the eligibility criteria, all you need in order to become a candidate is the signature of a proposer and a seconder on your nomination papers.

The full list of candidates  will be published on Tuesday 21st January.

Hedge Ender Ray Hall,  who stood for the Beer, Baccy & Crumpet party in the 2012 Eastleigh By-election, has told Eastleigh News that he has considered his position and will not be standing for the Town Council.  His plans extend to the European elections later this year, and the 2015 General Election…

 

The Author of this post will be standing as an Independent Candidate in the by-election for the Wildern ward of Hedge End Town Council, to be held on 13th Feb 2013. Promoted by: Ray Turner [Independent], 20 New Cliffe Gardens, Hedge End SO30 4AH. Published by: Eastleigh News, 7 Northlands Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9AW’.


16 Responses to By-election in Hedge End

  1. Pete Stewart on January 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Ray,

    I wish you and all the candidates the best of luck and may the best candidate win.

    Naturally my money is on the UKIP candidate Michale O’Donoghue, especially in the light of the by-election results announced on Thursday (9th Jan).

    RESULTS

    1) ST EDMUNDSBURY BOROUGH COUNCIL (HAVERHILL EAST)
    19th January 2014

    UKIP 529 votes @ 54%
    Lab 240 votes @ 24%
    Con 157 votes @ 16%
    LD 54 votes @ 5%

    UKIP gain from Con

    2) HAVERHILL TOWN COUNCIL (HAVERHILL EAST)
    19th Jan 2014

    UKIP 630 @ 64%
    Lab 229 @ 23%
    LD 107 @ 11%

    UKIP gain from Con

    I find it interesting that the people handed victory to UKIP outright, with more votes than the other parties combined.

    In particular, UKIP got more than THREE times the Con vote.

    This tiny UKIP victory is as terrifying for the pro-EU triumvirate (Cameron, Clegg & Milliband) as that first, glint of icy moonlight ahead of the Titanic.

    • Keith Day on January 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      You are cherry picking the by election evidence here Pete. In the same week, there was a Lib Dem gain from Conservative in Oxted (UKIP didn’t stand), a (real) Independent gain from Conservative in Tondbridge and Malling (UKIP were third with less than 20%), and a Labour hold in Salford (UKIP again third, this time with less than 15%).

  2. Ray Turner on January 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Cheers Pete. I also hope that the best candidate wins. Here’s hoping that we have a good/fair contest over the next few weeks and (most importantly) that the Wildern voters engage with this by-election.

  3. Sam Snook. on January 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Ray
    If you need help -give me a call.
    We need Independent Councillors on Eastleigh Borough Council.
    Regards
    Sam Snook

    • Ray Turner on January 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you Sam.

      I’m working on a campaign leaflet and some help to deliver that in a couple of weeks time would be greatly appreciated. Would you mail me your phone number please, to TGRWorzel@gmail.com and I’ll definitely give you a ring nearer the time.

      Otherwise, if anybody wants to help with this Independent campaign, generally raising awareness via effective social networking would be incredibly helpful at this stage. Please use your network of contacts, if you can, to help spread the word.

      Monetary donations are also welcome of course, as that will help me to do more. Including standing for the Borough…!

      Can I just add here, that Town/Parish Councillors are not remunerated. Certain expenses are re-imbursed, but Parish/Town Councillors are not paid for the time they spend doing the job.

  4. Sam Snook on January 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    That’s fine Ray -We need more “Independents Candidates” Who will Support Local People” not their “Party Leader” ( 02380613293.)

    • Ray Turner on January 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks Sam. I’ll be in touch.

      I completely agree about the need for more Independents within the Borough of Eastleigh, but would add that within the electorate there are inevitably many different opinions. Even an Independent will struggle to please everybody all of the time. It is simply not possible in the real world. Lets not be too rose-tinted about what Independents can do.

      What I can promise to do though, is listen very carefully to what the public is telling me (whichever community they are from), put my own opinions/interests to one side, make sure I take the various laws/regulations into account, make a balanced judgement and act/vote accordingly.

      If that happens to be contrary to the agenda that is being pursued by Central Government, by Quangos such as PUSH, by Hampshire County Council, by Eastleigh Borough Council and the EU, so be it. As an Independent I don’t have to follow the top-down diktat from any party heirachy or leader. That’s why the main establishment parties don’t like Independents and load the electoral system against us. We’re a thorn in their side…!

      The problem we currently have in Hedge End is that major decisions are being taken at a higher level and because the County/Borough Councillors (or most of them) are multi-hatting and serving on the Town Council too, once a decision is taken at the higher level it can very easily be managed through the formalities of the Town Council. From a political point of view, Keith House has done exceptionally well to establish that position, I respect him for that, but in practice it is not serving the local community very well.

      It is a flaw which I am keen to rectify. That’s why I am standing in this election and encouraging even more Independents to come forward and participate in Local Government elections, particularly in 2015, but also later this year….

  5. Pete Stewart on January 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    UKIP councillors are expected to be independent. The Party name “UK Independence Party” implies much more than independence from the EU. So if you have a political vision, then why not stand under the UKIP banner in May and increase your chances of getting elected and putting your ideas to the test.

    • Ray Turner on January 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I’ll take your point up to a point Pete, I could be persuaded that UKIP Councillors aren’t ‘whipped’ at the local level, but the fundamental problem is that if anybody is standing for a political party, with the party name and emblem on the ballot paper, they naturally acquire that label.

      The reputation of UKIP Councillors is subsequently enhanced/damaged by what happens elsewhere within the party. Witness what happened with Godfrey Bloom and perhaps our local celebrity UKIPper, Dusty Miller…!

      I take the view that it is better to bite the bullet and stand as a genuine Independent, despite all the difficulties.

  6. Sam Snook on January 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Ray
    Thanks for your reply, where would they be without Focus?
    Sam

    • Ray Turner on January 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Focus (aka Standpoint in Hedge End) has worked well for the Lib Dems, but it costs a lot of money to do that. Independents certainly don’t have the resources and even the local Tories seem to be struggling to match the Lib Dems in this respect.

      Part of the reason the LIb Dems can do this, so I was told (from a reliable source!), is that in return for the campaigning that gets them elected, Lib Dem Councillors agree that a proportion of their Allowance (as a Borough/County Councillor) is donated to the Lib Dems campaign fund. It is completely above board, they are not doing anything wrong, but the effect is;

      1. Our Council Tax is indirectly being used to fund the Lib Dems campaigning

      2. It makes it difficult for anybody else to compete, so the Lib Dems stranglehold is perpetuated. We do not have a level playing field in Eastleigh..

      I’m therefore keen that we get social networking working as well for the local Independents (and anybody else) as we possibly can, with local blogs, Facebook Pages, Twitter etc [and Eastleigh News] all widely followed/shared and read around the Borough. We need this campaign to go viral…!

      So do please Like/Follow/Retweet and please encourage all of your friends to do the same…!

  7. Sam on January 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Peter, (Other Council By Elections Results)

    Bolton(Lab) – Fenland-Forest Heath (Con) -Lincolnshire (Lib Dem) -Mid Sussex (Con) Torfaen(Lab)-Salford(Lab)-Richmond (-South Bucks(Con)
    Warwickshire Lab) Highland County (Independent).
    Regards
    Sam

  8. Sam Snook on January 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks Steve! I understand.
    Sam

  9. Pete Stewart on January 14, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Something tells me this is going to be an interesting by-election.

    • Ray Turner on January 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      It is indeed Pete…

    • Stephen Slominski on January 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      S’funny, someone else told me that too.

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