Tory canvassers step out in force

Maria Hutchings supporters

O.K. Own up. Who paid for those jackets?

Eastleigh Conservatives have received another visit from a Tory ‘big hitter’ in the form of Party Chairman Eric Pickles, following in the footsteps of leader David Cameron, Theresa May, James Clappison and Sir George Young – all of whom have visited the borough recently to show support for Maria Hutchings in her election push.

The Tory campaign supremo met canvassers at the Pear Tree Inn, Boorley Green along with Maria Hutchings and Council candidate for Botley, Jerry Hall as they prepared to go out on the doorsteps.

Eric Pickles boosted the activists’ morale by telling the packed bar:

“This is a once in a generation election in the kind of area which will determine its outcome. I have no doubt that if Maria Hutchings can win this constituency then David Cameron will definitely be prime minster”

Both Maria Hutchings and Jerry Hall were keen to explain how local Conservative opposition to the proposed Botley housing development had won them many new supporters in the area, several of whom would be out canvassing that evening.

One Boorley Green resident who gave his name as ‘David’ explained:

“I am a countryman and I don’t want to see our local farmland built on”

“90% of the people that would live in the new Eco Town would be from outside the area. This new development is not to the benefit of local people at all.”

“I am certain the Conservatives will put a stop to this”

The Conservatives claim that it was the Liberal Democrat controlled council that proposed the use of land at Botley for extra housing and that only a vote for Maria Hutchings could halt its construction. They have recently published a planning green paper which promises to sweep away existing regional quangos along with strategic development areas.

Mrs. Hutchings said:

“If we win government we will devolve power back down to local people. There will be no central housing targets from government. Local people will decide where their housing will go and how many houses they want.”

However ‘The Home Builders Federation’, warned last week that Britain faced a housing crisis with a shortage of a million homes. They have criticised the plans saying that to allow locals a veto over house construction would only lead to costly delays and exacerbate the shortage:

“Everyone agrees there is a shortage of housing but nobody wants to see it on their doorstep”

Jerry Hall disagreed, claiming there were 700,000 empty houses in the country warning that:

“Once we have lost this piece of countryside – then it’s gone for good”

Jerry Hall disagrees with housing shortage claims. Listen here

  3 comments for “Tory canvassers step out in force

  1. Peter Stewart
    March 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    More Tory rubbish. They cannot stop this development as long as we stay in the EU. This is the result of massive population displacement from the cities outwards caused in the first place by a mass immigration of EU labour since 2004 when our borders were opened to EU enlargement. The Tories are committed to staying in the EU. Therefore nothing will change. They are either lying through their teeth in order to try and stave off an unprecedented 4th defeat, or they don’t know what they are talking about. Either way, they are not fit to govern… and they neither will they!

    • Graham Hunter
      April 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm

      What is this guy talking about!
      He spouts utter dribble. It is common knowledge that the Eastleigh Liberal Democrat leader and his Partner both when members of the SD and PUSH put forwrd the proposed development. Although their election literature seems to misleadingly advise otherwise, the local Lib Dem Councillors are also very shy to answer direct questions when asked of the Lib Dem involvemnt in their proposal to the SDA. They time & time agin missinform the electorate that it is the Conservatives that are the controllers of this development. This is untrue.
      Only the Conserveatives have said they will disband the SDA Quango and STOP the development…… the Lib Dem’s have not.

      We need a Strong democratic Government in this country, that only the Conservatives can deliver and get us out of the mess we are in. We also desperately need a democratic Council in Eastleigh, not one that has turned into a arogant dictatorship, with the views of the electorate ignored.

  2. Matthew Myatt
    April 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    What is this guy talking about!He spouts utter dribble. It is common knowledge that the Eastleigh Liberal Democrat leader and his Partner both when members of the SD and PUSH put forwrd the proposed development. Although their election literature seems to misleadingly advise otherwise, the local Lib Dem Councillors are also very shy to answer direct questions when asked of the Lib Dem involvemnt in their proposal to the SDA. They time & time agin missinform the electorate that it is the Conservatives that are the controllers of this development. This is untrue.Only the Conserveatives have said they will disband the SDA Quango and STOP the development…… the Lib Dem’s have not. We need a Strong democratic Government in this country, that only the Conservatives can deliver and get us out of the mess we are in. We also desperately need a democratic Council in Eastleigh, not one that has turned into a arogant dictatorship, with the views of the electorate ignored.  (Quote)

    Here Here.. Well said Sir.

    Its about time the people of this great Borough woke up and stood up agaist Mr House and his bed partner Ms Bloom. He and his BARMY Lib Dem lie spreaders need to pack up and leave by the nearest exit ASAP.

    ITS TIME FOR CHANGE.!!

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