Conservatives welcome former Lib Dems

Joyce Sortwell

Is it me or is Andover's MP eleventy foot tall?

Hampshire North West and Conservative frontbench MP Sir George Young has officially welcomed the Councillor for West End South Joyce Sortwell and her husband, West End Parish Councillor Graham Sortwell,both former Liberal Democrats, to the Conservative Group on Eastleigh Borough Council. Also with Sir George was Councillor Godfrey Olson (Conservative Group Leader) and Conservative PPC for Eastleigh Maria Hutchings who said:

“I am delighted to welcome Joyce to the Eastleigh Conservative Team; she will be a major asset to the Conservative Group on Eastleigh Borough Council.”

Councillor Sortwell has told how she had given the matter a lot of thought.

“This has been a big decision for me to take” she explained  “I became very disillusioned with the Liberal Democrats and feel that the Conservatives and Maria Hutchings work hard for local people and offer the right ideas for Eastleigh”

Graham Sortwell is also Chairman of Planning and Highways.

Are you disillusioned will the Liberal Democrats? Do you think the Conservatives offer the right ideas for Eastleigh? Tell us what you think!


  18 comments for “Conservatives welcome former Lib Dems

  1. February 21, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    No prospects in the town for local business, no prospects for my children in the town, feed up with crazy spending on stupid projects that have no benefit for the community, sick of seeing millions of pounds poured into a money loosing council commercial business at The Point, sick of the theft of Public Open Space and Public Land, sick of seeing insane planning applications approved that the council have a vested interested in, sick of corrupt and sleazy councillors in control of OUR town..

    It’s time for change, it’s time for the people of Eastleigh to wake up and care about OUR community, it’s time to give the Lib Dems a taste of what they have been giving the people of this once great Town for far far too long.. F**K ALL.!!

    • February 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      Matthew, I understand your frustration with the status quo. But the problem runs deep! Simply replacing the LibDems with the Toyries will not change anything. That is a bit like tinkering with the red warning light in your car instead of dealing with the problem. THE PROBLEM in this country (and other European countries) is the erosion of democracy, i.e. the annexation of those countries by an imperialistic, Nazi power which calls itself the “European Union” (although this name has changed often in the last 36 years). Until Britain leaves the EU and is able to change its GOVERNMENT, it will NEVER be able to change LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

  2. Pita Harris
    February 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Totally agree Matthew, the Lib Dems are in no way Liberal and only seem to care about themselves and having more power to control.
    Lets hope people don not vote for this nasty party again.
    Vote for Change.

  3. P.Wyatt
    February 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Well when there council seats come up for a election, you know what to do vote a Socialist in.

  4. David Stephens
    February 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

    About time too! The Lib Dems have built on our allotments, proposed a 6000 house “new town” in my beautiful village (Botley), doubled Council tax, their MP is worth £9m and owns 9 homes yet still thought we should pay for his trouser press! It is time to get rid of the Lib Dems for good. I can see many more defectors comming to the Conservatives now the local Conservative Party have Maria Hutchings as their Candidate and seem to be well organised are working hard to win. David S.

  5. February 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Neither Liberal nor Democratic. Whilst the Conservatives, under Mr. Cameron are nothing of the sort. David Cameron has lied to us about the Lisbon Treaty and has now sent Kenneth Clarke to Brussels to reassure them it will be “Business as usual” under a Tory government.
    There is no difference between New Labour and Blue Labour.
    There is an alternative.
    Vote UKIP!

    • Jane
      February 26, 2010 at 9:21 am

      Ray Finch, what about the two (out of 12) UKIP MEPs that went to jail? One may still be in jail?

      Vote UKIP, Vote for jailbirds!

      • Peter Stewart
        February 26, 2010 at 7:05 pm

        Just for the record, no UKIP MEPs have ever been jailed. However 2 former (repeat “FORMER”) UKIP MEPs were jailed: Ashley Mote (obviously a scapegoat to divert attention away from MASSIVE EU fraud) and Tom Wise. As soon as UKIP became aware of trouble with Ashley Mote, his whip was removed. Tom Wise was no longer an MEP when charges were brought. Finally remember: Whatever the political party, the guilt of the few does not make for the guilt of the many.

  6. Davo
    February 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    They need to build a special jail for this lot

    • Peter Stewart
      February 28, 2010 at 11:34 am

      Davo. On trawling through the “liars, buggers and thieves” website, I did a quick analysis of political offences by party loyalty. When it comes to the FRAUD section, the main parties seem pretty evenly represented with about 6 each while there are 2 FORMER UKIP people in this section. When it comes to the PAEDOPHILE section the Tories come in at a whopping 12 compared to 5 for Labour and 1 for LibDem, while there are 2 UKIP people in this category. Under the DISREPUTE section once again the Tories win hands down with 6, while LibDem have 3 and Labour 2. But one thing seems pretty clear: IN MOST CATEGORIES OF OFFENCES IT IS THE TORIES WHO GET THE MOST CONVICTIONS, WITH LABOUR AND LIBDEMS ABOUT THE SAME WHILE UKIP COMES ACROSS AS PRETTY GOOD.

  7. February 27, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Guys and Girls..

    Let’s keep it local PLEASE. Getting distracted on national issues is what has caused OUR community to die..

    Stop fighting unwinnable differences and lets all fight together to save OUR town from its current certain destruction under its local dictatorship.

    Now shake hands and put the kettle on, we have work to do..!!

  8. Easy Peasy
    March 1, 2010 at 8:56 am

    No mention of the BNP on the ‘Liars’ website. They have a few ex cons in their ranks. Even their Party leader, Nick Griffin has conviction under the Public Order Act and got a 9 month sentence – suspended 2 years.

    How can people vote a man like that in for MEP?

    • Peter Stewart
      March 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      Easy Peasy (I like your name)! It’s very easy peasy to get a conviction under the Public Order Act these days. All you have to do is stand up at a Labour Party Conference and heckle! Or if that does not work, you could try standing OUTSIDE the Conference with a protest banner. Or you could perhaps be a Christian and say publicly that homosexuality is wrong or walk through London shouting out that Tony Blair is a war criminal. All these things and more besides are likely to get you arrested and prosecuted under the Public Order Act (Orwell eat your heart out)!

      • March 2, 2010 at 12:26 am


        You left out, standing on the Recreation Ground in Leigh Road, peacefully protesting the council’s Music Festival for destroying OUR green open spaces by churning up the ground with lorries and turning the ground into a mud bath.

        Wrongly arrested for a breach of the ‘Public Order Act-Section 4’, held for 9 hours in a Police Cell in the town’s Police Station, 14 months on Police Bail waiting to go to court, no evidence offered by the CPS on the day of trail, case dismissed..!!

        The cost of trying to stand up for OUR rights under New Labour..!!

        • September 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

          The first para was the reason I attended.

          The remainder of the letter you printed, is Mr Mayatt’s
          story-not mine.

          • Matthew Myatt
            October 30, 2010 at 1:02 am

            What are you saying Mr. Sam Snook, that you were not arrested and held by the Police, that you were not taken to court for being there and breaching Section 4 of the Public Order Act.??

            Would you like me to post you arrest sheet, charge sheet and bail record that you gave me to look after. O yes, I still have it..

            Be careful Sam Snook, be very very careful.!!

  9. Easy Peasy
    March 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Well Pete, I don’t think Nick Griffin got 9 months suspended and a £2300 fine just for holding up a banner or for calling Jack Straw a c***.

    Gordon Brown calls him that all the time and he is still walking around free.

  10. Matt
    March 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    @ Easy Peasy:

    “How can people vote a man like that in for MEP?”

    “In the Country of the Blind, the one-eyed man is King.”

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