Huhne and House in Solar Split

The leader of Eastleigh Borough Council has warned Chris Huhne that his latest u-turn on Feed in Tariffs – the amount producers like Eastleigh Council get for surplus solar energy – will “undoubtedly have a detrimental effect on business and jobs” and that council plans to install more solar panels will have to be axed.

Just weeks ago Keith House posed for photos with Mr Huhne as they celebrated the launch of Eastleigh’s first solar PV scheme but in a strongly worded letter, exclusively leaked to Eastleigh News, Mr House  has now described Mr Huhne’s recent decision to slash tariffs as “almost hysterical in approach” and “crude”.

He goes on to claim it will “damage individual household finances” and “derail public confidence in the carbon reduction programme”.

The council had planned to install more PV units on the Pavilion in the Park, Y Zone, Bowls Club and Wessex House but the council leader says it is ‘unlikely’ these will now go ahead.

Mr House finishes by suggesting that councils and public bodies should be exempt from tariff reductions and urges Mr Huhne to “think again”.

Mr House is also leader of Mr Huhne’s constituency party and as such is usually a close ally of the MP, even sharing pizza with him while on the campaign trail but recently he has appeared increasingly uncomfortable with Coalition policy.

Last May Mr House co-authored a letter to The Times attacking the Coalition spending cuts, while several leading Eastleigh Lib Dems have left the party. Last year a group 21 disaffected councillors wrote an open letter to the Daily Echo to voice their concerns over the rise in tuition fees.

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  9 comments for “Huhne and House in Solar Split

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

    It would appear that the speed and size of the tariff cuts came as a bolt from the blue to the Council.
    Chris Huhne must have known what was in store – the announcement was made just weeks after he helped launch the Fleming park scheme – yet he didn’t mention to Keith House that the councils plans to populate other council buildings with PV arrays was in jeopardy.
    They were counting on that income.
    After picking the tab from Domino’s you can understand Mr House being miffed

  2. Graham Hunter
    November 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Looks Like Chris Huhne has lost another Lib Dem Vote Then!

  3. November 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Just to be clear this letter was not a “leak” as it was already in the public domain. I am hopeful we will see some movement on this issue from DECC. The Coalition Government has to make tough financial decisions given the start of the world economy and the debt inherited from the last government, but to be the “greenest government ever” requires continued commitment to climate change.

    As Council Leader my main role is to work for Eastleigh, and that’s a job that rises above party politics. When the government is wrong, it’s wrong. Even when it’s Chris Huhne.

  4. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Keith, you must understand that it is a journalistic convention that any government/council email that ends up in the public domain has always been ‘leaked’ regardless of how it got there.
    Similarly, any memo is always ‘secret’ unless of course it is ‘top secret.’
    This is what Simon Carr taught me. 😉

    • Keith House
      November 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      Ha! Well Simon ended up working in a splinter state not recognised by the outside world so I guess not all of his lessons were worth learning! Always worth checking with the source is another lesson for journalists…

      • Anne Romaine
        November 24, 2011 at 10:17 am

        Ooooh meowww! Handbags at dawn

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        November 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

        But what do you do when the source tries to spike a story by refusing to respond?

  5. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Cyprus is a member of the EU!

  6. November 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    It amazes me how the likes of Mr Huhn MP, can stand up in public and say that public energy consumption will drop in the future because we will not be using so much. At the very same time hearlding a third industrial revolution citing renwables as a cytalst.

    How on earth is this country suppose to climb out of recession when then “green taxes” are not only additonal costs to industry but also a burden and are also helping to fuel inflation. Lets not forget the burden and subsequent effect on domestic users that these “green taxes” are having.

    Regardless of the reported split between these two Lib Dems, lets not forget that the coalition government is oppressing the nation while spending over £50 million a day on EU membership.

    If these two men are at odds, I’d suggest pistols at dawn. We could sell tickets with the proceeds going towards the council coffers.
    Put me down for two please.

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