Thornber slams ‘Opportunistic’ Huhne

HCC leader Ken Thornber. Photo Ben Hatton.

Hampshire Council leader Ken Thornber has slammed Chris Huhne as being ‘opportunistic’ in his support of the ‘Save Our Sure Start Centres’ campaign while at the same time being a member of the Lib Dem coalition cabinet which voted for spending cuts to local government.

Eastleigh Lib Dems have been a major driving force locally behind the SOCC campaign started by two centre users Catherine Ovenden and Kate Reynolds even persuading Sainsbury’s at Hedge End to host a stall which Lib Dems helped to man.

Spot the protester. Sure Start Campaigner outnumbered by Lib Dem councillors.

It was here that Chris Huhne was photographed signing the petition protesting against the council cuts as previously highlighted in Eastleigh News.

Speaking on Channel 4 news Mr Huhne defended his position saying that it was down to individual councils as to how cuts should be implemented and that no Lib Dem run council was cutting children’s services – the decision to make cuts to the sure start budget in Hampshire was down to  Hampshire’s ruling Conservative council.

While appearing on the same news item Mr Thornber accused Chris Huhne of political opportunism adding:

‘I expect more from a secretary of state in a coalition government’

  3 comments for “Thornber slams ‘Opportunistic’ Huhne

  1. March 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    As one of the co-founders of the parent’s campaign group SOCC Hampshire, I feel the need to say that we have received CROSS PARTY support for our aims.

    We have received letters of support from Parties ranging from the Greens to UKIP, so I do not agree that Chris Huhne MP is being opportunistic. As Kate’s MP, he is supporting his constituent. I only wish mine would do the same.

    Catherine Ovenden, Totton.

    • Jeff MC
      April 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      SOCC is just a vehicle for Hampshire’s Lib Dem’s(of which you are one)to attack the Conservatives on the County Council.

      I don’t see the Greens or UKIP campaigning in Eastleigh – only Lib Dems.

      Please don’t treat us like idiots.

  2. Anne Romaine
    March 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Difficult to see Chris Huhne as being anything other than ‘opportunistic’. As a government minister he sat on the cuts committee, and as a government minister he should have made sure the money for the Sure Start Children’s Centres was ring-fenced so individual Councils didn’t have the option to spend the money elsewhere thus putting those Centres at risk from closure or merger.

    It’s a fact that locally the Lib Dems are desperate to distance themselves from their Tory bedfellows in government.

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