More Lib Dems defect

Keith Day

Hedge End Wildern councillor Keith Day has called it a day on his Liberal Democrat membership and will  now sit as an independent on both  Eastleigh Borough Council and Hedge End Town Council.

He is joined by his hedge End town Council colleague Jenny Schwausch who has also decided she no longer ‘agrees with nick’ an will also sit as an independent.

Writing on his blog Cllr Day said

On 1st March, my colleague on Hedge End Town Council, Jenny Schwausch, and I acted on our increasing disappointment with the Liberal Democrats at a national level and left the party.   We will sit as independent councillors until the elections in May.  This means that there are now two independents on Hedge End Town Council and four on Eastleigh Borough Council

He Added

I wonder who is the “official” opposition now?

Cllr Day also said:

Nick Clegg is leading the party in the wrong direction for me, and when I look to the future I can only see it getting closer to the Conservatives.  For somebody who hoped the Lib Dems would bring about a realignment of the Left, that is clearly a disappointment.

It can’t be right to promise to vote against any rise in tuition fees and then vote to triple them.

There have now been  seven defections from Eastleigh Lib Dems in just over a year.

last February Joyce Sortwell crossed the floor to the conservatives – but subsequently lost her seat in the May elections and her husband defected to the Conservatives on West End Parish Council.

Glynn Davies-Dear, Andy Moore and Dave Broughton left the Lib Dems in January to form the Independent Party of Eastleigh Councillors.

At the time the Eastleigh  Lib Dems leader, Keith House, told BBC political correspondent Peter Henley:

“We’ve had a remarkably loyal team in Eastleigh over the years.”

Read Keith Day’s Blog:


Keith Day (2nd L) joins protestors and Lib Dems Chris Huhne MP, Keith House and Chris Thomas to petiton against cuts last week. But isn't this agreed Coalition policy?

  13 comments for “More Lib Dems defect

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    March 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    …and again 🙂

  2. Andy Lombardi
    March 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I wonder what is happening in the rest of the country? Are local Lib Dems everywhere deserting in their droves?

    It may well be that Mr House might BE the opposition come May!

    Luvverly jubbly!

    Locals Libs reap Mr Huhne’s deception.

  3. March 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Would the last councillor to leave the Lib Dems please kiss Mr House goodnight and put out the cat..!!

  4. maureen
    March 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Matthew, they’ll be rushing to leave now you’ve said that in case they’re the last and have to kiss Keith House!

    …..and yes, only a LibDem cabinet minister could campaign against his own government’s policy. I think he’s lost the plot! I’ve heard it said that people get promoted to their own level of incompetence.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      I agree it is heart warming to see Cllr House and Mr Huhne campaigning in support of an initiative (surestart) introduced by the Labour Party as well as the principle of universal entitlement to benefits – but again this is contrary to coalition policy surely?

  5. easypeasy
    March 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Keith Day’s shattered hopes that the Lib Dems would bring about ‘a realignment of the Left’ are shared by the all the Eastleigh Labour voters who were persuaded that the Lib Dems offered a progressive alternative.
    Clearly we see Lib Dem grass roots moving further to the left leaving their Westminster masters isolated.
    News is there will be a Lib Dem revolt soon on Coalition NHS proposals.
    If this continues I can see the Lib Dem Parliamentary party forced out of bed with the Tories and having to get into bed with ‘Red ED’!

  6. anne romaine
    March 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Interesting that Keith Day was once a Labour activist who thought the grass was greener on the Lib Dem side! Wonder if ex-Labour PPC Daniel (call me “Dan”) Clarke is also regretting his defection?

  7. March 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Keith Day did stand for Eastleigh south and lost.

    As for Dan Clarke regretting joining the Libs you must be having a laugh, a year before his defection, according to two Lib councillors Dan Clarke was discussing it after West End parish council meetings, Come and join us Dan was the call from two HEWEB lib councillors.

    Daniel Clarke had enough time to stand down as the Labour party PPC and join the libs but that meant he was worthless to the Libs and they probably wouldnt have taken him. infact thats the only thing Daniel had to trade.

    before Joyce Sortwell was deselected the two lib councillors openly said Dan would join and get Joyces safe seat.

    This was reported to the Labour party 9 months before Dans defection over issues he had with the labour party alegedly.

    Funny how a long standing hard working Councillor like Joyce Sortwell was deselected by the Libs to allow a trade off to happen.

    The time line of the defection was co-ordinated to damage the Labour partys General election campaign and for daniel to get Joyce Sortwells seat.

    We kept telling Joyce watch out Daniels after your seat, at first Joyce didnt belive us, Joyce seemed to think her hard work and being a good councillor mattered more than political advantage, and it was a great Political advantage and a cheap trick.

    so theres no chance Daniel would ever leave the Libs even though he is happy to tell people at a southampton college he is unhappy at some of the Tory led Coalitions plans, funny that as Daniel was a member of the Tory party once himself you would have thought he had the best of all the worlds being in Coalition with the tories cutting school and college budgets.

  8. March 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    So if Dan was already known to be a bit of a back stabbing right wing neo nazi tory boot boy, why in the name of god was he picked to stand as the Labour PPC..???

    What ever happened to picking good working class members of Eastleigh to stand as a PPC for Eastleigh.???

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      I’m not sure being a Tory equates to being a neo -nazi Matthew!

      Were you getting confused with the Lib Dem PPC Dominic Carman who came sixth in the recent Barnsley by-election?

      This Lib Dem WAS indeed once a neo nazi boot boy having once been a member of the National Front.

      So…Why in the name of god was he picked to stand as the Lib Dem PPC..???

      (I think I know the answer to this one)

      I was interested to read his piece in the Guardian on his campaign experience:

      “You’re just bloody Tories with a yellow badge on”, or “You’re worse than the bloody Tories”, were common complaints. “How could you form a coalition with those evil Conservative bastards?” a typical question on the doorstep. Many voters took one look at the yellow rosette on my lapel only to slam the door in my face without a word.

      “How can you say one thing then do another – you’re absolute liars. I will never, ever vote Lib Dem again,” was a typical response.

      But the most powerful invective was inevitably reserved for our leader Nick Clegg, who was variously described as a coward, a traitor, a turncoat, and Cameron’s poodle.”

      So at least local Lib Dems know what they can look forward to in May…

      BTW guys..Don’t forget to remind them their council tax has gone down by 2p as they slam the door in your face…
      After the general election both Labour and the Conservative PPC both told me they blamed Dan for their loss – that’s really quite an achievement.

      Dan had some terrible things written about him on the ‘Labourhome’ blog when he left Labour but his, I’m sure honestly felt, disillusionment with the party struck a chord with me and many other Labour supporters were persuaded to switch their allegiance at the election.

      Speaking to other LabLib swingers I get the impression this is a feat unlikely to be repeated.

  9. Matthew Myatt
    March 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I see the Daily Echo has picked up this story a week later and running it as a so called “Exclusive By Simon Carr..”

    I am sure I remember the Echo intimating that this was a ‘Mickey Mouse’ editorial and that they would always be first with the news..???

  10. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    March 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Actually the Echo website had it as an ‘Exclusive’ exclusive.
    They are sharing a joke.

    Yes, it’s understood Echo editor Ian Murray did say something on the lines that the Echo ‘would be always be first with the news’ but unfortunately Newsquest have run staff levels at their Eastleigh Echo office down to ground and the guys left have to cover a wide area.
    The reporting staff don’t live in Eastleigh so if something happens overnight or the weekend then, as good as they are, they are not always going to be first.
    Newsquest takes the view if something happens in town late Saturday night, Eastleigh readers can wait till Monday lunchtime to read about it… because they think they have the monopoly on news reporting here and you have to read about news when they want you to.
    So much for the ‘efficiency of the free market’.
    Monopolies often end up offering their customers a poorer service in the drive for profit

    If Newsquest want to be first with the news everytime then they have to invest more in their Eastleigh office – and put more staff in – and local staff too.
    It’s as simple as that.
    When you live on your patch, news starts the minute you open your front door.
    At the moment news is happening about 10 yards away from where I am sat!
    I will begin typing the Echo’s next Eastleigh ‘exclusive’ in a second!

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