Hedge End comment on Huhne’s resignation

Chris Huhne 2000 Centre

Chris Huhne outside Hedge End Town Council Offices

Hedge End Town Council have commented in public on the resignation of Chris Huhne.

Much of the media attention has, to date, been focused on the railway town of Eastleigh, but the Parliamentary constituency is a lot more diverse than that, extending to include the nautical communities on the west bank of the River Hamble and the edge of Southampton Water.

Originally a strawberry-producing village, Hedge End has expanded rapidly and somewhat painfully over the last few decades, around its good transport links, to become a commuter town. The Borough Councils new local plan means that Hedge End currently faces the prospect of further development and additional congestion.

In a brief comment at the start of the Finance and Administration Committee meeting, Cllr Sheila Baynes who was chairing this evenings meeting said;

“It is a sad week for the Eastleigh constituency. Chris Huhne was a good constituency MP who has always done well by us”

Notably absent from this evenings meeting were the dual-hatting Borough Councillors, said to be busy with a budget meeting at the Civic Offices in Eastleigh.

Apart from the comment on Chris Huhnes resignation, the Finance & Administration meeting in Hedge End was largely routine and uneventful.

A decision over the Councils requirements for provision of disabled access at a new entrance to the site of the Wickes DIY store was deferred, to give the Councillors an opportunity to visit the site again.

Also discussed were some ongoing contractual problems with the car-park at the new Groundsmans store in Hedge End, which has not been draining correctly. The Town Council successfully agreed on a course of action, which will be communicated to the contractor in due course…

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

  9 comments for “Hedge End comment on Huhne’s resignation

  1. L Strattera
    February 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

    The guilty admission proved Chris Huhne is a an undoubted liar. If he was prepared to do this to his own family, he would have no scruples about lying to get where he wanted to be in his political career.

    It is a pity that a Councillor, Sheila Baynes, will endorse this sort of dishonesty by claiming ‘he did well by us’ (whatever that means) and begs the question – is lying endemic even at Town Council level?

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    February 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

    The councillor should ask Eastleigh’s allotment holders and Stoneham Park
    and Boorley Green protesters if they thought he was a good constituency MP.

    Great how photos can come back to haunt you btw

  3. February 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I was there and I believe it to be a view that is genuinely held by Cllr Baynes. I also suspect that the other Councillors would endorse her comment and that the Leader of Hedge End Town Council, Cllr BLoom will say something similar at the next meeting of the Full Council.

    The photo was taken last year, after Chris Huhne helped support the Town Council’s bid to get some extra money from the DCLG, following their Portas bid and subsequent application to become a Town Team Partner. A good example of Chris “doing well by Hedge End”.

    Interestingly, in a little aside prior to the meeting, there was a brief discussion (which I won’t attribute to anybody) where Councillors were trying to recall the word that means “architect of own downfall”. It seems they didn’t have a Thesaurus to hand at the time. I think that’s what they might, if pushed, criticise Chris for in public, but they clearly have no complaints with his service to Hedge End in his capacity as our MP…

    Neither have I actually…

    • February 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      What council was he helping in Hedge End. O yes, I nearly forgot, the Fib Dem Local Council. Speaks volumes.!!

      Did not see him come running to the aid of Sid, The Allotments, Stoneham Park.. etc. The list goes on and on and on.. Yes anything that was agaist the local Fib Dem council, Mr Huhne was both silent and invisable.

      So to put all this into prospective, Mr Huhne was a good local MP if you were a supporter of the Fib Dems and their local policy. If you had views about justice, fairness and the well being of the local Borough, well, you were f*@ked.!!!

  4. February 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Possibly not unreasonable for our Lib Dem MP to avoid situations that would put him into a very public conflict with Cllr House, the Lib Dem leader of the Borough Council, or any of the Lib Dem leaders of HETC that we’ve had over the years……?

    Very, very frustrating for Eastleigh residents I know, but its the way party politics works.

    It does however illustrate why we need to elect somebody other than a Lib Dem MP this time around. We need somebody who is in a position to very publically tell Cllr House that he’s got it wrong…

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      February 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      “not unreasonable for our Lib Dem MP to avoid situations that would put him into a very public conflict with Cllr House, the Lib Dem leader of the Borough Council,”

      And there are good reasons why he wouldn’t want to do that!

      Hello..’quote comments’ plugin conflicting with Jetpack..great 🙁

  5. Keith
    February 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

    ‘He’s always done well by us’ could mean many things. It might even suggest that the Councillors were ‘in his pocket’.

  6. February 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I note with interest these comments from Lib-Dem councillors,in the words of Mandy Rice-Davies,they would say that wouldn’t they.What’s more important is,the matter at hand,a By-election.I hope the people of Eastleigh realise that the whole country is watching with interest,which way they will interpret recent events,and more importantly,the last 2 years.Now is the chance to register your anger,not just at the Lib-Dems,or the coalition,but at the way this country is going.the result of this election will have no bearing on the way this country is run for the next two years,it is therefore a golden opportunity to tell the leaders of the three main parties,what you think of them,don’t forget you can change your minds in 2 years time.I would urge the people of Eastleigh to seize this opportunity,and vote for ANYONE but the Lib-Lab-Con.
    Carpe diem.

  7. February 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Actually Cllr Baynes was not speaking for the whole council, although as it was the first meeting after Huhne finally admitted the truth I’m sure she felt that some kind of comment was appropriate from the chair.

    And the word we were looking for (confirmed after the meeting by email) was “hubris”.

    After today’s court revelations about his behaviour towards the family that was so important to him during the 2010 election, I wonder if all the Hedge End councillors will continue to be happy to stick up for him.

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