Former Eastleigh Mayor joins Ukip

Former Lib Dem Mayor Glynn Davies-Dear signs up with Andy Moore and Dianne James

Former Lib Dem Mayor Glynn Davies-Dear signs up with Andy Moore and Dianne James

A former Lib Dem Mayor of Eastleigh Glynn Davies-Dear has signed up to Ukip along with with a fellow ex Liberal Democrat and former councillor Andy Moore.

The two men both resigned from the Liberal Democrats in 2011 after news of MP Chris Huhne’s adultery broke. At the time Mr Davies-Dear had said Chris Huhne’s affair with a party worker while espousing ’family values’ during the 2010 election campaign had made him ‘feel dirty’ see here

Both men resigned along with Cllr Dave Broughton to form an Independent Group in the Council Chamber but subsequently lost or surrendered their seats back to the Lib Dems.

Speaking of his decision to wind up the independent Group of Eastleigh Councillors and join Ukip, Davies Dear said:

“You beat your head up against brick wall as an independent it doesn’t get you anywhere in this borough. Ukip are the people who can beat the Lib Dems Labour and the Tories and they are the closet to my political stand. They’re radical they believe in what they are saying. I also like the candidate.

“She is what David Chidgey was; she will make a good MP.”

Mr Davies-Dear told Eastleigh News that he had revised his ideas about Ukip’s immigration policy:

“I never used to like what they said about immigration because I thought it was racist but now I find that actually it is not. It is a reasonable, sensible approach that resonates with the people of Eastleigh and I believe in representing the people of Eastleigh and I know the people of Eastleigh are fed up with the number of people flooding into the country.”

When asked if he thought Ukip policies appeal to other Lib dem supporters Mr Davies-Dear laughed:

“Yes I know damn well they will and they probably would say so if they weren’t so scared of Keith House!”

Andy Moore who used to be a Lib Dem councillor for Central ward added:

“The Independent part of Ukip – the independence party – is what I stand for. It’s about helping the grassroots of Eastleigh – helping Joe Public. As Liberal Democrat councillor we started out like that but everyone got lost and now you have all these high paid councillors who are not listening to the public Ukip does listen.”

Dianne James the Ukip candidate in the Eastleigh by-election welcomed them to the party saying

“I am thrilled to have them on board. Ukip is a growing force in Eastleigh, The reaction on the street has been great. It is because we are offering a real alternative.”

Mr Davies-Dear has already vowed to try and reclaim his borough seat for Ukip.


  22 comments for “Former Eastleigh Mayor joins Ukip

  1. Keith House
    February 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Three parties in three years – classic guys!

    • February 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Little boys in glass houses should’nt throw stones.!! Is not your party not made up of ex Tories and ex Labour councillors.!! The local FibDems are a sham of local lost souls who will cling to power no matter what the cost or what colour they have to change from.!!

  2. pianoman3
    February 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Mrs James was looking a smart cookie yesterday! Anyone know what the “independent PART” OF UKIP is?

  3. February 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    And thus another politician x2 bites the dust. These two have had more political parties than Chelsea have had managers.

    • February 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      As A Chelsea supporter, I only wish that was true!

  4. February 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Surely the Lib Dems would also be keen to get some new recruits, some new blood, new faces, local people to stand in local campaigns. People swapping sides is an integral part of how our democracy works. I think its quite healthy actually.

    I’m surprised you haven’t phoned me yet Keith…


  5. February 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Incidentally, I noticed in the photo and when I walked past the UKIP HQ last night, that they have altered the way that their placards/banners were positioned, so it couldn’t be misread.

    When I commented previously, I said that I thought Diane James was strong enough and decent enough to get that changed.

    Well done UKIP, and thanks.

  6. February 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Labour voters were let down by their candidates remarks (say no more)
    However, they can still stop the Lib Fibs by voting UKIP

  7. pianoman3
    February 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    No, Sam. UKIP are galloping into 3rd place. Only the Tories can beat Libs.

    • SmallGovBigPeople
      February 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      It doesn’t matter who beats the LibDems. As long as LibConLabSocialist party continues to rule Britain nothing will get better… nothing.
      Don’t be fooled by those Blue & Yellow Conservative banners flicking on every local newspaper website asking those stupid questions that they hope will fool you into believing that they will do something about them. They won’t, They can’t and they don’t really want to.

    • Pete Stewart
      March 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      PIANOMAN – Would you care to eat your words?

  8. Pete Stewart (former Conservative of 20 years)
    February 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    The Tories have lost this by-election because they have been betrayed by their leaders. So many Tories are switching to UKIP it’s staggering. Conservatives hate the coalition and they hate the fact that Cameron is about to open our borders to Rumania and Bulgaria. And before I’m accused of “xenophobia”, no! This is not a question of race but of the RIGHT of the British people to determine whether their borders are thrown wide open, to allow ANYONE to enter. Is there anyone reading this who would be willing to throw open their front door and put a sign up saying, enter here all who want to?

    As for Labour supporters, they will have a difficult choice:
    1) Vote Labour in protest at the LibDems going into coalition with the Tories, but in so doing let in a Conservative MP or
    2) Vote tactically to elect a LibDem MP who is the lesser of the two evils when compared to their arch enemies the Conservatives.

    Anyone care to place a wager on what they will do?

  9. SmallGovBigPeople
    February 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Believe me, there is a sea change in the air, and it’s becoming an unstoppable avalanche.

    You can tell when something has the political elite worried. They suddenly start playing it down as disenchanted voters showing their resentment. One socialist reporter tried to explain UKIP as more a frame of mind than a political party then went on to type a full page why this is so clear.

    I’ll tell you what is clear. There are very powerful British people who hate this country. They hate its history, its culture, the past society and its values. They (along with the financial support of the EU) want to change it into a vassal of the EU and they will destroy anything that will stop them in their quest.

    These socialist suggest that there is no life outside the EU. Well Norway is prosperous, and free. Its fisheries and industry have not been wrecked as ours have. It is a real nation which controls its own destiny. Its gross domestic product shames the rest of the EU’s puppet states including the country once known as Great Britain.

    WE have one political party in this country. It’s the LibConLabSocialist party and its destroying Britain.

    Don’t be fooled by those Blue & Yellow Conservative banners flicking on every local newspaper website asking those stupid questions that they hope will fool you into believing that they will do something about them. They won’t, They can’t and they don’t really want to. The LibConLabSocialist party will never give you a IN/OUT vote on Europe because their political unelected masters would never allow it to happen unless it be rigged or vast amounts of EU taxpayers money spent making sure you vote YES.

    The sovereignty of this nation belongs to its people. It is the people and they alone who must decide who runs it, after a full debate and a public vote, whether Britain should remain an independent nation or whether her future will be better served as part of a new country – the single European super-state, also known as a raper of democracy.

    My Czech wife once said the EU bull reminds her of those early Soviet propaganda films before the people of the United Socialist Soviet Republic realised they were in a very large prison.

    • rigel
      March 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      if you think Norway is successful because it is not in the EU you are ….. well,….. wrong is the best way to put it.

      A lot of what you say sounds like Brian Gerrish et al, who I like , the British Constitution group,, look em up if you have not heard of them

      • Pete Stewart
        March 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

        Rigel – SmallGovBigPeople is right to say Norway is more successful out of the EU. The reason is simple: All EU countries are net beneficiaries or net contributors.

        The more prosperous the country the more it contributes. Norway is prosperous and would be a heavy net contributor.

        This is the same damaging principle which governs variable income tax rates and it underpins the EU.

        Why should any country be a net contributor to belong to an alleged trading arrangement? It is illogical. The purpose of belonging to a trading arrangement is to IMPROVE your net fiscal position, not worsen it.

        I invite you to give readers a single benefit of being in the EU which could not be derived more profitably by being out of the EU.

  10. Mia Fillmore
    March 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Well done Diane and well done UKIP. We’ll see this capable lady in parliament yet.

  11. Pete Stewart
    March 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    History has been written here today. Clearly the Conservative Party is dead in the water.

    Poor Maria. She gave it everything she could, everything she was allowed to. She didn’t let the Con party down, it let her down. When people voted, they did not vote against her, but against her left wing leader.

    I say here, this is a BAD OMEN for the Conservatives. They will lose the 2015 general election.

    • David Knowles
      March 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      The Conservatives will only lose the next General election because of Ukip..If you honestly believe in a referendum on leaving the European Union.Vote CONSERVATIVE!
      Large numbers of people voting Ukip will deliver a pro European party.
      One good thing to know.Exit polls at the By election showed the vast majority of Ukip voters said they would change their vote at the 2015 general election to the Conservatives!

      • Pete Stewart
        March 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        With UKIP’s success in Eastleigh people will be MORE inclined to vote UKIP, not less!

        • David Knowles
          March 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

          And as I said.That could lose the election for the Conservatives.The only Major Party wary of Europe and prepared to hold a referendum on the question of in or out of Europe.Would you welcome that Pete?
          Or,are you an undercover pro Europe Fib dem.I do wonder with what you say.

          • Pete Stewart
            March 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm


            David – I distinguish between you as grass roots Conservatives (whom I admire) and your social democrat leaders who have betrayed you all.

            Maria, I hereby salute your nobility in the face of the Media who were trying to get a headline out of you. You emerged far bigger than your rotten leaders who had gagged you and cost you the seat.

            Throughout you managed to maintain your dignity in the face of a blatant (and successful) attempt by your leaders, to throw the seat. Their aim was to avoid any threat to Clegg’s leadership and the Coalition.

            Your leaders sacrificed you to preserve their cosy little pro-EU status quo. Utter shame on them.

            This is the truth and you all know it.

            Your party which calls itself “Conservative” is a disgrace thanks to your left wing, anti-Conservative leaders. The sooner it is brought to its knees (through a 5th successive defeat in 2015) the sooner right thinking true conservatives will grasp what needs to be done and leave and join UKIP. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO FORCE THE LONG OVERDUE TRUE CONSERVATIVE REVOLT! Staying loyal to the Con brand is admirable but foolish.

            Yes, UKIP will split the Conservative vote in 2015 and cost 40 to 50 marginals and a 5th General Election defeat. You know this to be true. But it has to be done.

            I repeat: Eastleigh is a BAD OMEN for the Conservative Party!

  12. David Knowles
    March 7, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Yes,Pete.You have said it again.UKip will spilit the Conservative vote.And you say ‘This has to be done’.Admit it,You are a FibDem pro European!

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