Hedge End Independent calls it a day

Ray Turner. TGR Worzel

Another Independent candidate has announced that he will not be standing in the Borough elections.

Following Sam Snook’s withdrawal last week, local blogger and Eastleigh News man Ray Turner has also decide not to contest the May 3 poll.

Ray had stood as an independent last month in Shamblehurst for a seat on Hedge End town council  winning 12% of the vote and finishing just 44 votes behind the runner up conservative candidate Paul Redding on his first attempt as a candidate

Ray also polled twice as many votes as one Ukip borough candidate Michale O’Donoghue,  pushing him into last place.

The van driving former civil servant had previously vowed to topple Lib Dem council leader Keith House in an attempt to break the Lib Dem hegemony told Eastleigh News:

“The Shamblehurst by-election was a good trial-run, it was good experience and I’m pleased I contested that seat, but it has confirmed that campaigning on top of driving for nine hours a day is too much for me to take on at the moment.”

While thanking those who had voted for him he went on to say:

“The situation is not helped by the lack of interest in local politics in Hedge End. The Town as a whole just doesn’t seem to be bothered that the Lib Dems have such a large majority.

“Hedge Ender’s, generally speaking, cannot see the problem. Any successful campaign thus has a big hurdle to overcome and will have to be a well-funded, full-time, 24/7 commitment. It’s beyond me at the moment I am afraid, unless I quit my job and plough lots of money into the campaign. It cannot be done by Social Networking alone.”

Ray still  is still running a petition which is asking the government to address the situation whereby councilors can hold any number of posts in government.

Nominations for candidates in the Eastleigh local elections close on April 4.

Photo: Hedgeend blogger

see also:

Blogger vows to topple Lib Dem leader

The Hedge End Independent

The complete works of TGR Worzel

  6 comments for “Hedge End Independent calls it a day

  1. maureen
    April 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Disappointing news. Have we reached the stage where only the fit retired can stand for office? We need councillors of all ages and all walks of life to represent us. Get some helpers Mr. T., and build an A-Team so you don’t have to do it all by yourself.

    • April 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Maureen. Pleased to see that you’ve been reading the favourite quotes on my profile page…!

      Anybody can stand for office, but if you are “in it to win it” it is a significant distraction from your usual work/home life. I can’t risk that distraction again, given the job that I currently do.

      Would be a different ball-game though, if I ever change jobs, or retire…!

      You’re right about helpers. That does make things easier. On the other hand, the support of Tory Central Office and local leafleting teams did not make a lot of difference for the Tory Candidate in Shamblehurst…

  2. Janet
    April 4, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Sounds like you put yourself forward Maureen or are you just like countless others and want a very small motivated minority to do all the hard work it for you?

  3. April 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Any Hedge End folk who would like to serve on the town council and stand at future elections without joining one of the established parties are welcome to contact me (hedgeendblogger@gmail.com) for advice and assistance. There is a small group of independents who would have helped Ray if he had decided to stand, but none of us are millionaires and don’t have the resources of the Conservatives and Lib Dems who do have rich supporters to underwrite their election debts.

  4. Peter Stewart
    April 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    QUOTE FROM RAY TURNER: “You’re right about helpers. That does make things easier. On the other hand, the support of Tory Central Office and local leafleting teams did not make a lot of difference for the Tory Candidate in Shamblehurst…” UNQUOTE

    Ray. The “problem” in Torydom is not (directly) the LOCAL CANDIDATES, although they are culpable for other reasons. The “problem” is the succession of “convincing” but traitorous elites which have controlled the Party since Edward Heath. They have destroyed the foundation stone of conservatism, which is to uphold the Constitution.

    This rotten elite with their freshly ironed old school ties, have (by degrees so small as to have gone unnoticed by the average Briton) surrendered control of our great nation into the hands of foreigners (in Europe) who hate our country and have ancient past scores which they are settling. Many of you will identify with our veterans who fought in World War 2 and who complain that we might as well not have bothered fighting the War.

    Thus this rotten Tory elite have plunged the Conservative Party into an inexorable philosophical collapse. Such unbearable hypocrisy in Conservative policy has not gone unnoticed by true conservatives, vast numbers of whom have now stopped voting or now vote UKIP (me included).

    This is why, despite lots of help at the local level, the Conservatives can never again win a General Election (unless they adopt UKIP’s core policy. It is why they have such difficulty winning at the local level in circumstances where one might perhaps imagine that a Tory victory would be easy. Perhaps one day they will realize that their core support can NEVER return unless they embrace once again, the core values which UKIP has taken from them. While UKIP may not itself take many votes, it exerts a corrosive effect on the Tory will, and causes massive Tory abstentions, pricking consciences in the thousands and leading to repeated collapse in the Tory vote.

    As for the culpability of local candidates, theirs is to aid and abet this rotten, traitorous elite. So intent are local activists, on maintaining the “Conservative” label at all costs, including all the spurious prestige that comes with it, that they turn a blind eye to the gnawing truth that the Conservative Party has long since rotted away from the inside and that in the cold light of day, there is nothing left.

    TRUE CONSERVATIVISM is now found only in UKIP. Not to say that this should repel people from Labour and the Liberal Democrat parties. No indeed! UKIP is the true home of all TRUE conservatives and it is to THIS party alone that local political activists (including candidates) should switch their allegiance while there is still time to save this country. Anything less is to stand in the same indefensible place as their leaders.

    Only by causing the complete destruction of the monstrous thing which poses as the “Conservative Party”, will we ever stand a chance of seeing the blue phoenix rise from the ashes.

    My message to all Conservative voters is simple: If you don’t like the idea of Britain being governed by foreigners, then VOTE UKIP.

    • April 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      The Wikipedia entry on Conservatism is an interesting read, in the light of your comment Peter.

      Reckon you’re right actually. The Conservatives haven’t been practicing Conservatism for decades and are clearly still not doing so. Their NHS reforms are a good case in point.

      Maggie, it seems, was Conservative in name only and that’s where the Conservatives started to go wrong…?

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