Hot air on Climate Change

About 40 people were at Barton Peveril College Friday evening for a specially arranged hustings on behalf of the ‘Ask the Climate Question’ campaign.

A number of organisations including Christian Aid, Greenpeace and Oxfam have organised the series of hustings to give voters a chance to hear local candidate’s views on climate change.

Chris Huhne (liberal Democrat) Maria Hutchings (Con) and Leo Barraclough (Labour) stated their positions on the climate question and answered questions from the audience.

All three politicians were broadly in agreement on a number of related issues, the only notable difference came from Chris Huhne who explained that he was opposed to Nuclear Power on the grounds of economic viability.

It was short meeting which only got going when Maria Hutchings used her closing remarks to launch a coruscating attack on the Liberal Democrat controlled Eastleigh Borough council.

Ms Hutchings questioned Eastleigh council’s beacon status for ‘tackling climate change’ using the loss of allotments, the proposed SDA development at Botley, the ‘Go Ape’ franchise at West End and the housing development at Dowd’s farm as examples of eco unfriendly local government claiming:

“We cannot trust the Liberal Democrat council with our local area”

It was a passionately delivered speech which met with applause.

This provoked a quick response from Chris Huhne who proceeded to refute Ms Hutchings allegations – some bickering then ensued between the two close rivals with Ms Hutchings saying to the chairman:

‘I would like a right of reply to something he (Chris Huhne) has alleged that I have alleged’

At the end of the evening Eastleigh News was able to speak to two of the three audience members from whom questions had been taken by the panel.

Student Charlotte West and Geography teacher Ian Holt both felt the candidates had answered their questions well. Charlotte West preferred Chris Huhne’s answer to her question on nuclear power as it matched her own views and Ian Holt said he also preferred Chris Huhne’s answer –though he said it was not due to content but to presentation:

“I thought Chris Huhne came across well as he was very clear and precise – but perhaps that is due to a career in Journalism”

The election in this most marginal constituency has developed into tight race and there has been some friction between the two parties. Both have complained that their signs have been tampered with and on Saturday in an interview with Politics.co.uk Ms Hutchings claimed that the Liberal Democrats were ‘playing a dirty game’ – an allegation Mr Huhne’s office would not comment on.

  5 comments for “Hot air on Climate Change

  1. Peter Stewart
    May 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    The climate has changed for sure in Eastleigh. Overnight it went from Conservative to Liberal Democrat! This is a measure of Tory core voters’ displeasure. After 3 terms of hard Labour, the Tory hierarchy has still not had the courage to do what it must do to win. It MUST neutralize UKIP. This can ONLY be done by adopting UKIP’s core message of EU withdrawal. Perhaps the most expedient way would be a commitment to an in-out referendum from a withdrawalist platform. As for meteorological climate change, I think it is bollox! The climate has ALWAYS changed! It always will. And it did it long before man came on the scene. Truth is so-called climate change is being used by many vested interests. It “justifies” higher oil prices (petrol) etc. It conditions us to conserving CARBON (not to prevent “climate change” but to head off fuel shortages). It justifies higher petrol taxes! The Tories have lost this election because they have destroyed their raison d’etre.

  2. Stephen Hayes
    May 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I broadly agree with Peter Stewart. I’ll be voting UKIP on Thursday, fully aware that UKIP is likely to poll more votes than the margin by which Chris Huhne will beat Maria Hutchings. I regret this, especially after the comfort which Huhne gave to Islamofascists by supporting the Labour ban on Gert Willders, the Dutch MP who made a film documenting certain VERY inconvenient truths, but David Cameron has not done enough to distance the party he leads (Blue Labour)from the other 2 liberal/left parties.

    When the post mortem is done after Gordon Brown creeps back in on the Lib/Dem surge, low turnout and tactical voting, it will be seen that the UKIP vote will have deprived him of victory.

    SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Britain may reject true conservative values, or it may not, but at this election isn’t being offered the chance since the 3 big parties agree on almost everything, especially on EU membership, high taxes and big government.

    • Davo
      May 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

      i think cris huhne is rigt to stop this guy coming nto the country we hae enough problem without right wing nutters coming here to stir it up.

  3. Matthew Myatt
    May 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

    How can cutting down a historical tree (SID) and building on open green spaces be a way to win an award for being good to the local environment. Come on Lib Dems, stop stealing our green spaces and stop cutting down tree’s.

    Its BARMY..!!

  4. David
    May 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Will Stephen Hayes read the Conservative Manifesto or read our policy on the website concerning our stance on Europe.You must have only 2 Braincells to say we are no different to the two other main parties

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