Hedge End councillor puts Botley first


Rupert Kyrle

Rupert Kyrle

Hedge End’s voters will be rather surprised to discover that Lib Dem Councillor Rupert Kyrle, who sits on their Town Council and represents Hedge End and Botley as a County Councillor, has declared that he puts ‘Botley First’ in an “Election Special’ edition of Lib Dem newsletter ‘Focus’ delivered in the village.

Botley First

Councillor Kyrle,currently Eastleigh’s Deputy Mayor, is standing for re-election as a borough councillor for Botley where he has had to try and attenuate a possible voter backlash over Lib Dem plans to build on greenfield land at Boorley Green through some delicate positioning – even speaking out against the plans in council meetings – a stand dismissed as mere posturing to save his seat by his conservative critics.

The Councillor’s declaration of allegiance to Botley was picked up by Ray Turner and posted on the Hedge End Independent website.

Ray has been campaigning to try and stop councillor’s from serving on more than one council simultaneously arguing this leads to divided loyalties and conflicts of interest.  Ray even has an online petition calling for a reform of local government to prevent the practice here.

Representing the good folk of Eastleigh is something of a family business for Cllr Kyrle. Both his parents were councillors (who also both served terms as Mayor) and his wife Karen is also standing alongside him for election to Botley Parish Council.

Photo: HCC

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  16 comments for “Hedge End councillor puts Botley first

  1. April 10, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Ironically, Cllr Kyrle has impressed me enormously in Council meetings and is one of the Lib Dems “stars” in my opinion, a good Parliamentary candidate one day perhaps…?

    I think that was just a careless headline on Cllr Kyrle’s leaflet, with the other interpretation overlooked, but there is a dual-hatting problem locally so worthy of a blog.

    Particularly as Hedge Enders have also said to me that they feel that the Town Councillors who live outside of Hedge End do not have the Town as their first priority in Council meetings…

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

      “a good Parliamentary candidate one day perhaps…?”

      yes perhaps..and maybe sooner than you think!

      I think its worth mentioning, to avoid any confusion, that Cllr Kyrle is a Hedge End resident.

      • April 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Rupert has a Hedge End address but where he lives is on the Botley side of the parish border. Not a big deal as the Lib Dem plan seems to be to merge Hedge and Botley into one big town any way.

        • April 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

          Agreed Keith. I blame the Boundary Commission for the ludicrous dividing line between Hedge End and Botley, but that’s a topic for another blog posting perhaps…

          • April 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

            Long time ago (must have been mid-late 80s) there were discussions about changing the parish boundary there. Most residents wanted to stay in Botley (which had / has a much lower council tax precept than Hedge End) and argument from bureaucrats was that Botley needed the population to remain viable. I guess the second reason will go away once the Lib Dems build their 4000 houses in Botley / Hedge End.

  2. Peter Stewart
    April 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

    The fact remains, this is a LIBDEM councillor we are talking about, NOT a Tory…and in BOTLEY too! Think about it!

    WHY DO VOTERS NOT ELECT A TORY COUNCILLOR? Answer, because the mass house building planned for Botley is a DIRECT result of Tory leaders’ treason since 1972. Each step of the way since 1972, Tory leaders have made possible the opening of our borders to the whole of the EU. In 2004 our borders were opened.

    Inevitably, cheap labour will flow to areas of relatively expensive labour (if given the chance). Tory leaders gave the EU that chance and now the labour rates of our cities are slowly being depressed and forcing out the native workers who cannot live (except to work like slaves).

    Population overspill is being felt in Botley as a DIRECT consequence of Tory leaders’ treason. That is also the reason why Tory voters have abandoned the Tory part and either abstain or vote UKIP (or even LibDem)!

    In a way I feel sorry for local Tory activists. But then again, they have the chance, like I did, to tell the Tory party where to go!

    Meanwhile, don’t be surprised if Rupert Kyrle gets re-elected. If he does, then he deserves it.

  3. maureen
    April 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Yes, Mr. Stewart. Disillusioned Tories AND socialists who vote for isolationist minority fringe groups really do help the LibDems keep their grip on Hedge End and Eastleigh! The LibDems must love UKIP and the like. Time to stop navel gazing if you want things to change.

    • Stephen Slominski
      April 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Err..what party is standing in Eastleigh that a socialist could possibly vote for?

  4. April 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Eastleigh Football Club having talks with council leader. Looks like a road will be made
    to take the traffic from the development at Stoneham Park.
    The club could use land at the Civic offices, and the law courts. ???????????could it be true.
    Sam Snook

  5. Peter Stewart
    April 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Yes, Mr. Stewart. Disillusioned Tories AND socialists who vote for isolationist minority fringe groups really do help the LibDems keep their grip on Hedge End and Eastleigh! The LibDems must love UKIP and the like. Time to stop navel gazing if you want things to change.

    Ah Maureen, Maureen, why so formal Maureen? If you’re feeling daring you may call me, “Oh Captain, my Captain”! Thank you Robin Williams.

    But Maureen, I’m puzzled by your words. Why do you blame people OUTSIDE the Tory Party for the SHOCKING failures WITHIN that party? What a curious logic indeed.

    In fact yours is the very same curious logic which has allowed the demise of the Tory party since 1972. It is the same curious logic which has blinded Tory voters, activists, backers and politicians to face up to the reality about the vile corruption within their own party.

    Meanwhile don’t blame “disillusioned Tories AND socialists” for the success of the LibDems; blame EVERYONE who still votes Tory and who therefore continues to aid and abet the pro-EU Tory leadership.

    Unless you do as I say, the “change” you call for cannot ever come. It can only come if true conservatives are brave enough to FIGHT to retake their party by force. Tory success will NOT come through wishful thinking and navel gazing. Nor will it come through mere failure of the LibDems (for the “success” of the latter is due more to the political vacuum left by the Tories).

    I say let’s destroy the Tory party. Let’s demolish it and rebuild it in our own image.

    • maureen
      April 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Demise of the Tory party since 1972?? Have we been living on different planets 1979? not to mention a huge swing to them in 2010. Remind me, how many UKIP MPs have been elected since 1972? and how many governments have they formed?

  6. April 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    UKIP POLL 11% same as the Lib Dems.


    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Lib Dems on 11%? Last two ‘you gov’ polls have them on 8% – that includes the latest poll published on April 11.

  7. April 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

    The problem is the stranglehold the local Lie Dems have on Eastleigh and its decision making process. If you, as voters, really want to see change then the only way is to smash this unbalanced autocracy by voting against it. Stop the fighting about who would best serve the interest of the town and vote together on May 3rd to oust the Lie Dems. Who cares if it’s a Tory or UKIP win, as long as the Lie Dem power hold is reduced. Most importantly, get off your arses on May 3rd and vote, make sure your kids vote and drag granny out for the day and get her to vote. Local elections have a history of having very low turnouts, so if you want to see change you have to be the change.!!

  8. sam snook
    April 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Lib Dems slump in Poll.
    Nick Glegg said people should not “Write Off”
    the Lib Dems despite the party slumping into
    sixth place in the Barnsley Central by/election
    Labour held the seat, with UKIP doubling there share of the vote and putting the conservative into third place.

    • pianoman
      April 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Overanalysis, back a winner, forget the also-rans. Second, third, doubling the vote – who cares? Winning is what counts, there are no prizes for coming second. I agree – vote whichever way gets the Lib Dems out!

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