Independents say ‘We can beat Lib Dems’

 Independent Party of Eastleigh Councillors

Independent Party of Eastleigh Councillors L-R Dave Broughton,Andy Moore, Joan Pragnell (Sec) and Glynn Davies-Dear

Eastleigh’s new political party have been celebrating the result of Barnsley by election.

‘The independent Party of Eastleigh Councillors’ have been encouraged by the success of the Barnsley Independent candidate, plain speaking, unemployed Tony Devoy.

Although Labour managed to hold onto their seat, Mr. Devoy beat the Liberal Democrats pushing them into sixth place.

See Tony Devoy attack council executive pay here

The Liberal Democrats had previously been runners up in Barnsley at the General Election but it seems that Barnsley’s voters now prefer an independent candidate.

Support for the Lib Dems fell from 17% to just 4%.

The local elections are looming in May and if the Barnsley swing is repeated the party will suffer the loss of hundreds of council seats and Eastleigh’s three independent councillors – all former Lib Dems now also disillusioned with the party – could well retain their seats.

Leader of the Eastleigh Independents, veteran local politician Glynn Davies-Dear said:

“Any incident of Independent beating Lib Dem or any other national party has to be significant. I take very real encouragement from the result.”

The Eastleigh Central councillor also quoted Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’:

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.”

adding:

“I believe that tide is flowing for the Independents right now. We intend to ride that wave!”

Councillor Davies-Dear along with colleagues Andy Moore and Dave Broughton have already started campaigning by delivering a newsletter (see here) across Eastleigh attacking their former Lib Dem colleagues for broken election pledges on tuition fees and parking permits.

Speaking last week a rejuvenated Andy Moore, who will be contesting in Central ward told Eastleigh News:

“ I have never been happier to be a councillor” Mr Moore admitted that he had fought his de-selection as a Lib Dem, but now that the split had come he felt as though a “Weight had been lifted from my shoulders”

‘It feels great now that I’m free to campaign for things that are important to people in Eastleigh”.

The Independents were not the only party in Eastleigh to take heart from the result of the Barnsley by election. The chairman of Eastleigh UKIP (and resident eurosceptic on Eastleigh News) – Peter Stewart was pleased that UKIP had displaced the Lib Dems in second and finished ahead of the Conservatives.

Describing the result as a ‘Step forward’ Peter Stewart ascribed UKIP’s success to disgruntled Tories switching their support adding:

“The Tory Hierarchy knows they can never win a general election outright as long as parties like UKIP, the BNP and the English Democrats continue to split the Conservative vote in the 40 or 50 key marginal seats.”

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  7 comments for “Independents say ‘We can beat Lib Dems’

  1. Peter Stewart
    March 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

    What is the EXACT name of this new “party” of independents in Eastleigh? My understanding is that no party can call itself the “Independent” or “Independence” Party due to likely confusion with “UK Independence Party”. Must check up on this!

    Speaking as one of the millions of disgruntled TRUE CONSERVATIVES I must correct a small error. Your article implied that I was pleased that UKIP displaced the LibDems in Barnsley. Actually I am pleased UKIP got into 2nd place but the displacing of the LibDems is irrelevant to me. What counts is the displacement of the Tories. The Tory machinery knows now (or jolly well should do) that UKIP has real bargaining power. What’s more, they should know that unless they accede to UKIP’s demand for a referendum on continued EU “membership” (actually annexation) then the only way they can EVER win another General Election is by crawling to the LibDems. I predict WIPEOUT for the Tories in the forthcoming local elections. So many TRUE CONSERVATIVES are FURIOUS at the cowardly, treacherous way the Tory elite have led the Party, and the country…putting it firstly under the power of European functionaries and then allowing our manufacturing and general industrial base to be decimated by removing protective tariffs and also by opening our borders to every worker in Eastern Europe, where labour rates are disastrously low. It is no coincidence that since our borders were opened in 2004, that youth unemployment has increased from 12% to 20%. It is also no coincidence that since we were annexed by the EU in 1972/3 we have seen the destruction of between 5 and 7 MILLION manufacturing jobs. What will it take to wake the British people up?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 5, 2011 at 11:57 am

      “What is the EXACT name of this new “party” of independents in Eastleigh?”

      It’s ‘The Independent Party of Eastleigh Councillors’ as stated and not ‘UK independence Party’

      I must correct a small error. Your article implied that I was pleased that UKIP displaced the LibDems in Barnsley. Actually I am pleased UKIP got into 2nd place but the displacing of the LibDems is irrelevant to me.

      Sorry Pete I thought you speaking for UKIP, as local Chairman not yourself.

      I thought UKIP did find it relevant as Nigel Farage said:

      “Today we can see that the Lib Dems are seen, rightly as part of the discredited political establishment.

      “UKIP is a natural home for those who are fed up to the back teeth with the spin and evasions of our so-called leaders.”

      I notice that former Eastleigh UKIP PPC Ray Finch was celebrating at the count in Barnsley.

      I bet he wishes he could have overturned the Lib Dem vote last May!

  2. Peter Stewart
    March 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Apologies for not seeing the quotation marks around the independents’ Party name. Rest assured I didn’t think they were calling themselves “UK Independence Party”!

    I don’t care about the LibDem collapse in Barnsley because most disgruntled LibDems either abstained or voted Labour (but NOT UKIP)! Therefore the LibDem collapse did not DIRECTLY:

    a) benefit UKIP or
    b) bring nearer the long overdue TRUE CONSERVATIVE REVOLT.

    However UKIP coming 2nd helped achieve both of those and is a step in the right direction. It is the Conservative Party which is now on the ropes because these results show clearly that the only way they can ever get into office again, is either through AV, or by crawling on their knees to the LibDems for some cosy coalition! How humiliating is that?

    Certainly, despite the occasional differences of emphasis (but not of substance) Nigel Farage, Ray Finch, myself and all other UKIP voters are totally united in our belief that Britain must leave the EU right now.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

      I added the quotation marks after your post to draw your attention to the party name.
      According to the BBC ‘UKIP’ is changing tack and is chasing Lib Dems rather than waiting for a conservative revolt.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12657286

    • Anne Romaine
      March 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I think UKIP has a good chance in May’s elections to pick up some disgruntled Lib Dem voters as well as Tory. After all the Lib Dems are more Tory than they are anything else these days.

      • Peter Stewart
        March 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

        Good point Anne.

        UKIP Eastleigh’s statistics prove that for every LibDem or Labour voter UKIP takes, it take THREE Tories! Our results support the findings of Professor John Curtis of Strathclyde University.

        It’s the magic 3:1 ratio! It means although UKIP is small, it has a DEVASTATING power in Tory marginal seats such as Eastleigh. UKIP SPLITS THE TORY VOTE!

        If I had my way, the Tory party would commit to outright and immediate withdrawal from the EU (on an amicable basis of course). Trade would continue as before and all we would have to pay would be the Common External Tariff. But we would be free of what the Taxpayers Alliance has calculated as £125 BILLION every year which the EU is costing us.

        Why on earth should Britain be aiding and abetting that disgraceful, corrupt, anti-democratic embryonic super State which has not produced accounts for the last 16 years? Why should hard working British taxpayers be pumping their money into the EU’s bottomless pit, to line the pockets of that select band of fat cats who sit on the top of the money pyramid? Why are Tory leaders supporting it still (I wonder)?

        UKIP now has bargaining power and is prepared to use it. UKIP members are finally waking up to the fact that they have DEVASTATING power over Tory marginal seats. UKIP members know that they cost the Tories the General Election by splitting the vote in 21 Tory marginal seats when the Tories needed only 20 more seats to win! The Tories can call UKIP “Dad’s Army”, or “cranks and gadflies” if they wish, but as Winnie said, “We will NEVER give in”!

        The only way the Tories will ever get UKIP off their back, is by acceding to UKIP’s demands. It’s that simple. Brutal, but true! After Tory reformation, you will see a MASSIVE Tory landslide, followed by EU withdrawal and the restoration of our great country!

        Meanwhile as the local elections loom, Tory candidates better get used to the fact that UKIP will be contesting EVERY seat and that if they fail, they can blame their rotten anti-conservative leaders.

        • Peter Stewart
          March 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

          CORRECTION
          Last paragraph should read:

          “Meanwhile as the local elections loom, Tory candidates better get used to the fact that UKIP will be contesting EVERY seat and that if Tory candidates fail, they can blame their rotten anti-conservative leaders.

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