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.
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.