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General Election 2010

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MP apologises for Ukip leaflet claim

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April 13, 2014
MP apologises for Ukip leaflet claim

Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton took to twitter today to issue an apology to Eastleigh News and Eastleigh’s Ukip Branch. When being interviewed by Eastleigh News for a story on a ‘war of words’ between Eastleigh Liberal Democrats and their Ukip rivals, Thornton alleged that Ukip had distributed a leaflet in Hedge End during...
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Ukip V Lib Dems in war of words

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April 12, 2014
Ukip V Lib Dems in war of words

  Eastleigh’s rival Liberal Democrat and Ukip parties have clashed over housing as campaigning for the local elections on 22 May gets underway. The Lib Dems have seized on a Ukip leaflet distributed in Hedge End which stated that Allington Lane would be a ‘Perfect Solution’ for the location of future housing and  launched an...
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Police Station closure plan sparks protest

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April 7, 2014
Eastleigh Police station

  News that Eastleigh police station has been earmarked for closure has drawn an angry reaction from local Ukip activists but Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes says relocating the station elsewhere in Eastleigh will save money and he has pledged to maintain current policing levels. Around a dozen protestors gathered outside the...
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Elvis Bishop beats Lib Dems

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March 7, 2014
Elvis Bishop beats Lib Dems

  David Bishop,the ‘Elvis Loves Pets’ candidate who out-polled the English Democrats, TUSC and the Wessex Regionalists in last year’s Eastleigh by-election, has added a fresh scalp to his electoral record by beating the Lib Dem candidate in a council by-election. The Labour party held onto Clifton North ward on Nottingham City Council with the...
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Eastleigh loses its first MP

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February 8, 2014
Eastleigh loses its first MP

Eastleigh’s longest serving Member of Parliament Sir David Price died last week aged 89. He was MP for Eastleigh for 37 years from 1955 – 1992. He was knighted in 1980. Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Malcolm Cross said in a statement: “We were all very sad to hear of the death of Sir David...
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Tory Candidate defects to Ukip

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January 22, 2014
Tory Candidate defects to Ukip

Michael Read, the former Conservative candidate for Eastleigh Central ward who resigned from the Tory party at the weekend has now joined Ukip. The retired Chandler’s Ford schoolteacher was welcomed by the Chairman of Ukip’s Winchester branch John Edwards. Michael Read said he was ‘relieved’ to be joining Ukip: “I haven’t changed my views...
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Local MEP candidate killed in terrorist attack

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January 20, 2014
Local MEP candidate killed in terrorist attack

One of the Labour Party’s South East candidates for May’s European Elections has been killed in a terrorist attack abroad. Del Singh was one of 21 people killed in a Kabul restaurant after it was subjected to a bomb and gun attack in the Afghan capital last Friday. The 39 year-old Southampton man had...
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Tory candidate resigns

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January 20, 2014
Tory candidate resigns

The Deputy Chairman (political) of Eastleigh Conservative Association has resigned form the party claiming it no longer reflects his conservative values. Michael Read  is a 72 year-old veteran activist who was due to contest the Eastleigh Central ward in the May local elections, has cited a ‘disconnect’ between the party hierarchy and its grassroots...
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Police probe Ukip cabbie’s Santa sign:Updated

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December 20, 2013
Police probe Ukip cabbie’s Santa sign:Updated

A local businessman who had  been questioned by the police after he erected a large illuminated sign asking: “Dear Father Christmas all we really need is our country back!” will not be facing any further action Hampshire Police have said. Timothy ‘Dusty’ Miller (64) who runs Hedge End based Millers Taxis has erected the...
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Polls close in County Election

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May 2, 2013
Polls close in County Election

Polling has closed in today’s county elections, held throughout England and Wales. Twenty-seven county councils and seven unitary authorities have gone to the polls and in Eastleigh district all seven divisions are being contested – the winners will represent Eastleigh on Hampshire County council until 2017. At the moment conservatives’ hold 51 of Hampshire...
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Local English Democrat Chairman defects to Ukip

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March 20, 2013
John Edwards welcomed by Cllr Hugh McGuiness

  Eastleigh’s Ukip branch has welcomed another high profile defector from a rival party. John Edwards – the Chairman of Hampshire English Democrats – has resigned his position and signed up to the Euro-sceptics. Waiting to greet him at Ukip’s Market Street HQ were two of Eastleigh’s former Lib Dem councillors, Glynn Davies-Dear and...
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Hutchings swings her hustings handbag

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February 20, 2013
Hutchings swings her hustings handbag

    Conservative candidate Maria Hutching’s came out of her corner fighting on Sunday to confront Lib Dem front runner Mike Thornton over claims that he is campaigning to protect local countryside form development. Polls are suggesting the election is a two horse race between Thornton and Hutchings and the two rivals were joined...
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Former Eastleigh Mayor joins Ukip

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February 20, 2013
Former Eastleigh Mayor joins Ukip

A former Lib Dem Mayor of Eastleigh Glynn Davies-Dear has signed up to Ukip along with with a fellow ex Liberal Democrat and former councillor Andy Moore. The two men both resigned from the Liberal Democrats in 2011 after news of MP Chris Huhne’s adultery broke. At the time Mr Davies-Dear had said Chris...
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O’Farrell warns: “Don’t get fooled again”

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February 16, 2013
O’Farrell warns: “Don’t get fooled again”

Eastleigh Labour candidate John O’Farrell has warned Labour swing voters who helped Chris Huhne increase his majority in 2010 “Don’t get fooled again” The scriptwriter and novelist had popped into Artisans Coffee house to have a chat with Eastleigh News about his campaign and seemed buoyed up by the sight of the bookies odds...
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Thornton praises Pupil Premium

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February 13, 2013
Mike Thornton (2nd left) with colleagues

Liberal Democrat candidate for Eastleigh, Mike Thornton today joined campaigners to praise the Pupil Premium, a cash investment in schools to give Eastleigh pupils a fair start in life. The Liberal Democrat policy has already: Put an extra £1.7m into Eastleigh’s local schools, which targets money at the most disadvantaged children, raising standards for      everyone...
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