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Rail users face 3 day strike in guards row

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June 8, 2018
Rail users face 3 day strike in guards row

UPDATE: 21/06/18 Planned industrial action on SWR train services from June 21 – 23 has been called off following talks between RMT union and SWR mediated by ACAS. Trains will be running as normal on these dates. Rail users in Eastleigh will face disruption to their journeys later this month as rail union RMT...
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Independents ‘disappointed’ by Lib Dem ‘name calling’

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May 13, 2018

The newly-elected Leader of Eastleigh’s Independent Group, Councillor Louise Parker-Jones, has said she is ‘disappointed’ by the Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable who branded her supporters as ‘nimbys’. Dr Cable made the comments following last week’s local elections when Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats were returned to power with an increased majority but lost all three...
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Vince Cable: ‘I’m certain Bishopstoke will come back’

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May 6, 2018

The Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has praised Eastleigh’s victorious Lib Dems for the ‘brave’ way they have stood up to ‘nimbys’ at a rally in Central Eastleigh. Despite an emphatic victory in Thursday local election, Independents in Bishopstoke unseated three sitting Lib Dems and the party has wasted no time in wheeling out...
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All seats up for grabs in Eastleigh Election

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May 3, 2018
All seats up for grabs in Eastleigh Election

Voters in every ward in Eastleigh Borough are headed to polls today to choose a new council in a rare ‘all out’ vote that could see a fundamental change in the balance of power in a town that has been Liberal Democrat since 1994. Boundary changes, an active anti-development lobby and recent defections have...
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Javid letter sparks local plan war of words

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March 23, 2018
Javid letter sparks local plan war of words

The news that the Housing Minister Sajid Javid has written to Eastleigh Borough Council to warn them they were now expected to publish their draft local plan by September sparked a war of words between Eastleigh’s Conservative Mp and its Liberal Democrat Council Leader Keith House. Following the publication of the letter, the MP...
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MP promotes democracy for abuse victims

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March 16, 2018
MP promotes democracy for abuse victims

Domestic abuse victims across the Eastleigh constituency have been supported by their MP Mims Davies during discussions with the Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission Claire Bassett and Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith, over plans to make it easier for people to register to vote without compromising their safety. In a statement Mims Davies...
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Mims: ‘Let’s be bloody difficult’

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March 8, 2018
Mims: ‘Let’s be bloody difficult’

Eastleigh MP Mims Davies has marked International Women’s Day by calling for ‘the empowerment of local women’ saying “the time is now.Let’s be bloody difficult”. Davies, who is Eastleigh’s first female MP and has served on both the Women and Equalities Select Committee and has chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in...
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Green party MEP backs Farage call for 2nd referendum

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January 11, 2018
Green party MEP backs Farage call for 2nd referendum

    The Green Party’s Keith Taylor has backed his fellow South East MEP Nigel Farage after the former Ukip leader suggested he could support a second ‘ratification’ referendum on EU membership. Speaking on C5 ‘Wright Stuff’ show this morning  ‘Brexit Bad Boy’ Farage said a fresh vote could; “Kill (the Remain campaign) off...
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Government warns council over Local Plan

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November 16, 2017
Government warns council over Local Plan

The Government has warned Eastleigh Borough Council that it might step in and take over responsibility for its housing plans if it fails to make progress in producing a Local Plan. If this happened the council may have a Local Plan imposed on it. In a letter to the council Sajid Javid, the Secretary...
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Lib Dems continue to split over Local Plan

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November 8, 2017
Lib Dems continue to split over Local Plan

Another councillor has resigned from Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrat group over the direction of the Local Plan and has joined rebel councillors Steve Sollitt and Sarah Bain who who have been sitting as the Independent Liberal Democratic Group since resigning themselves in August. Cllr Mark Balaam who was elected in 2015 for Eastleigh Central...
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Strike action disrupts train services

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November 8, 2017
Strike action disrupts train services

Rail commuters in Eastleigh face 48 hours of disruption starting today as Conductors on South Western Railway (SWR) take industrial action –  a move the town’s MP has described as “political.” The striking conductors joins members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union from five of the UK’s rail operators in the dispute...
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Mims Davies re-elected as Eastleigh MP

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June 9, 2017

The Conservative candidate Mims Davies has been re-elected as the MP for Eastleigh in Thursday’s General Election. While the Conservatives have lost seats and seen majorities reduced across the country Davies has increased her share of the vote in Eastleigh constituency – indeed both Labour and the Conservatives were the beneficiaries of a collapse...
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‘I’d chain myself to the railings’

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June 8, 2017

Lib Dem hopeful Mike Thornton has told Eastleigh News he would “chain myself to the railings” to prevent development on Stokepark Woods in Bishopstoke. The location of future housing in the emerging local plan has become an election issue with the Conservative candidate Mims Davies backing protestors who are opposed to options B and...
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Ukip PPC: ‘Eastleigh deserves better’

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June 7, 2017

Eastleigh Ukip candidate Malcolm Jones has told Eastleigh News that “Eastleigh deserves better”; that the Town’s Infrastructure problems are so bad that only a ‘local man’ can solve them and that he doesn’t believe polls which show support for Ukip has slumped to around 4%. The candidate whose campaign placards feature the strap line...
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‘Labour offers a real change’

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June 7, 2017

Eastleigh voters who want progressive policies should consider voting Labour not Liberal Democrat says the town’s Labour candidate as new poll shows Labour could push the Lib Dems into third place. Jill Payne, is bidding to become Eastleigh’s first Labour MP, says there is little difference between the parliamentary voting record of the town’s...
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