Ex Mayor hits out at Huhne

L-R, Davies-Dear, Andy Moore and Chris Huhne all smiles last January

A former mayor of Eastleigh, Glynn Davies-Dear, has told BBC Political Correspondent Peter Henley that Chris Huhne’s adultery with a campaign worker has made him ‘feel dirty’.

Councillor Davis Dear was explaining his decision to quit the Lib Dems yesterday on the same day it was announced that Mr Huhne had divorced from wife Vicky Pryce – just ten months after sending everyone in Eastleigh a mailshot containing his wedding snaps:

“Chris Huhne gave me leaflets to deliver in the election extolling his virtues as a family man, how that had taught him to be a better MP.

“I now feel dirty when I hear that a family man was the least of his virtues. He was conducting an affair but didn’t even have the guts to tell his wife “

The Central Ward Councillor resigned along with Lib Dem Colleague Dave Broughton in Protest at the de-selection of another colleague, councillor Andy Moore, the editor of Central Ward’s ‘Focus’ newsletters.

Eastleigh News understands Cllr Moore had lodged an appeal and that both Cllr Glynn Davies- Dear and Dave Broughton had made it clear to the party that ‘If Andy goes, we go’ – but Andy Moore was de-selected nevertheless.

It is further understood that the local party had been unhappy with the performance of the three councillors for some time and that all three were likely to face de-selection.

In October a scrutiny committee found that Councillor Broughton had brought the council into disrepute following an incident at the Litten Tree pub.

There have now been five resignations by Eastleigh Lib Dem councillors in the past 12 months – last February West End Councillor Joyce Sortwell resigned followed by her husband Graham – a parish councillor.

Last month it was also reported that up to 21 Lib Dem councillors had written to Mr Huhne asking him not to support the controversial rise in tuition fees – in the end Mr Huhne was not present for the vote.

These latest resignations will have an effect on the composition of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee. There will now be one Labour seat and three independents facing five Liberal Democrats, but one of the Lib Dems has previously resigned to stand as an independent while another defected from Labour.

Eastleigh’s lone Labour councillor Brian Norgate appeared to rule out any chance of the former Lib Dems joining Eastleigh Labour Party saying he felt they had mislead voters too many times in the past to be trusted by them again.

Councillor Glynn Davies-Dear also told Peter Henley although he had initially supported the coalition government’s policies to reduce government debt he now had misgivings:

“No matter how dire our financial situation, I don’t think the poorest should be paying to bail us out. The blow is falling hardest on those who can least afford it.”

Photo:©Stephen Slominski


  5 comments for “Ex Mayor hits out at Huhne

  1. January 13, 2011 at 12:37 am

    What a comedy of errors this local Lib Dem Party really is..!!

    Whilst the Ed’s comments point out the five defectors in the last 12 months, let us not forget one other.

    Cuncillor Sollitt, who resigned and stood as an independent. She went on to win as an independent candidate in the local elections only to rejoin the fold of the Lib Dems upon winning..

    What a bag of confused misfits and floor walkers we have representing this once great town of ours..!!

    So as for these ex Lib Dems. I fear that if they were to be re-elected they would soon follow suit. However, there chances of ever getting into local politics again is slim to none.

    Yet do not be fooled by the cries of these ex Lib Dems who are waving a flag of injustice and bad form on the part of Mr Huhne.. O No.!!

    Councillor David Broughton was recently subjected to a standards committee enquiry after walking into the Littern Tree http://tinyurl.com/665ngog and crying foul when he he was jostled at the bar. After being asked to leave and finally escorted from the pub by the local PCSO’s, with comments such as ‘I’ll have this place shut down, I have friends on the licensing committee..’ He was found to have brought the office of councillor into disrupte…

    As for Councillor Glynn Davies-Dear, this is a chap who was caught driving a car with no road tax and hauled into New Forest Magistrates Courts and fined for such in 2008.

    He was arrested and questined by Police in 2006 for allegedly shoving a girl in his haste to escape angry voters http://tinyurl.com/5r5wxz9

    He was deselected as Vice Chairman of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee and has spent his last term with the Lib Dems reduced to no more that a leaflet poster from his own comments.

    Now as for councillor Andy Moore.. Moore is shouting the loudest about fair play and morale wrong doing in this sad affair. Yet Mr Moore is the antagonist in this story. I am unable to print the long list of reasons why Mr Moore has been deselected, as he has a very long history of threatening to sue people.

    I can however reveal from my own personal experience of this councillor that he has no morals when it comes to causing the local party to break into infighting and talking complete nonsense at council meetings reducing fellow party member’s to hide their faces in their hands.

    You only have to attend an ELAC meeting to see this first hand. One notable indecent that spring to mind is when he refereed to a black rubbing ground covering on a former child’s play area as Tarmac and refused to concede the point when his error was pointed out by four of his fellow ELAC members.

    I can assure you that whilst I do not hold with the local Lib Dem party, I for one will not shed a tear for these people who have contributed nothing for Eastleigh People and who have first hand allowed an historic borough tree to be felled and permitted building on ‘Public Open Spaces’.

    So to Mr House, this is without doubt the best thing you have done for Eastleigh, its people and the local environment and for that and that alone, I take my hat off to you sir..

    But only on this matter..!!

  2. Andy Lombardi
    January 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    After the way that Mr Huhne and his band of merry men mislead unhappy Labour voters to gain their vote I have to say that nothing surprises me about this party. Both at local & national level.

    They fought for years under a banner of Liberty and Equality. Trying hard to bring balance and a third option into two party politics. What they did, to get their snouts in the trough, was cynical and untruthful.

    They have no backbone and have achieved only one concrete outcome from this behaviour.

    Come the next General Election the electorate shall cast them into a political wilderness which shall endure for far longer than their last period without being in power.

    I find a Bible quote rather apt at this juncture:

    Luke 4:5-8 (King James Version):

    4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

    4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

    4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

    4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, GET THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

  3. PETER STEWART
    January 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    A good biblical quote to apply to the Conservative Party: There is nothing more dangerous than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Indeed there are many such wolves, some outside Britain, some inside.

    Our historical enemies are like wolves, determined to destroy us. Since 1973 they have done a remarkable job!

    In 1973 a political party wearing “conservative” clothes, aided and abetted the annexation of the United Kingdom by a foreign power (then calling itself the EEC).

    When they were again in their EU puppet office from 1979 to 1997, they (the Conservatives) spent all that time selling us out, destroying the industrial fabric of our great country.

    Get this! As Mr Christopher Booker points out, we have lived the last 37 years without a change of government! We cannot change our government! The EU is our government! It makes no difference who you vote for, whether Con, Lab or LibDem, they ALL want to perpetuate our EU puppet status.

    So what’s in it for them, these wolves within? I leave that up to you to figure out. Meanwhile take another look at that quote from Luke and you may understand the reasons behind Tory leaders’ actions a whole lot better.

    I tell you unless the bulk of the British electorate wake up and vote UKIP, or the Tory party miraculously stages an internal revolt and adopts UKIP’s core policy of EU withdrawal, our historical enemies will have disabled us completely within the next 25 years. What a tragedy for democracy: The last bastion against European totalitarianism destroyed without a single shot having been fired. Once again we will be condemned to learn the lessons of history.

  4. Kevin Hayes
    January 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    This is the desperate plight Britain now finds itself in … when our elected bodies of councillors and MPs look up from the trough they will shortly see a very anger electorate ready to dump them at the first chance they get … be it New Labour Lie/Dems or Tory … The bank bosses run off with there bonus and not a glance backward to nod a thanks to the tax payer that now pays there debt … Merv King thinks the people just might have a point when wagging a finger at those that allowed the bailout to happen … they all cry about the waste of welfare provision and the dead hand of burocracy, but then demand that the banks that are in most danger of folding get a government hand out…and me and mine are paying the cost of it…Eric Pickles is saying we should be aware of council spend thrifts and waste yet will not call for the taxes that should be paid by the wealthy business or individuals be paid…the whole political elite “are not fit for purpose”…in any other sphere would be hounded out as completely incompetant.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      January 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Kev,

      Did we get a pay rise this year?

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