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.”