Eastleigh Lib Dems website woes…


Errors on the Eastleigh Lib Dem website

Eight months after two Councillors resigned from the Liberal Democrats and became independents, the Eastleigh Liberal Democrats website still lists them as being Liberal Democrats.

At the time of writing this article, the Lib Dems website has been correctly updated to take account of an earlier round of high-profile defections that occurred in January, where three Lib Dems resigned, but it has not yet been updated to show that Councillor Keith Day and [former] Councillor Jenny Schwausch are no longer Liberal Democrats.

Besides those names being incorrectly attributed to the Lib Dems, the web page also fails to reflect the changes that occurred in the local elections in May of this year.

The reasons for the Lib Dems failure to keep Eastleigh residents correctly informed via their website are unknown, but it does mean that the work of two independent politicians could incorrectly be attributed to the Lib Dems.

However, the Lib Dems failure has had an interesting side-effect.

"Fields in Heath House Lane have been saved"

The Hedge End page on their website includes a claim from the Lib Dems 2011 election campaign, to the effect that fields in Heath House Lane have been saved from development.

Unfortunately for the Lib Dems, the draft local plan that is currently in a period of consultation shows a new bypass being bulldozed through those fields…

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

  6 comments for “Eastleigh Lib Dems website woes…

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Good grief 🙄

    • November 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      The conspiracy theory is that this is one way of stopping the web audience from thinking the Lib Dems stranglehold on Hedge End has been weakened, but the failure to update after the local election results is just a cock-up – I think…!

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        November 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

        I think it’s just a case that they only fully update their website just before an election – I cant see them wanting to promote any other candidate other than own.

        They will have visitor stats to show them that nobody visits that page – in fact the site itself isn’t even ranked by Alexa.
        Nice of you to link to it from here for them, might get them some quality traffic :mrgreen:

  2. November 10, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Perhaps they just lost the password!

  3. November 10, 2011 at 7:55 am

    And the two “county councillors” in the picture are no longer. Carol Boulton was deselected and Derek Blampied declined to stand at the last county elections.

  4. November 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    As expected, the Hedge End page has now been changed on the Lib Dems website and the link to it (above) is broken.

    The new page can be seen at here.

    Interestingly, although the list of councillors has been updated, the photo that Keith Day refers to is still being used…

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