“Local people not politics” says Dan

Dan Brain


Dan Brain, Conservative candidate for Eastleigh South is using his election campaign to highlight his view that modern local politics is in danger of losing sight of its true purpose in representing local people.

Dan explains:

“Over the last few years reading the political literature landing on my mat it was clear that much of it is really about party politics not local people. At its worst it’s about smearing the reputation of the alternative party’s and at best carefully selecting information to win over voters.

“It’s my view that at a local councillor level at least, it’s about the individuals standing, and not so much about the party they affiliate with. I found myself asking – who are these people asking for my vote? Will they listen and speak up for local people or will they focus on pushing their personal political ideology? My answer, as you can see, was to stand myself and focus on local people.”

Dan still thinks political parties are important to bring people together who want to serve their community and play an important role at a national level.  At a local level however, he believes it should be more about the individual candidates who want to serve and speak up for their community at council. A view he hopes his campaign embodies.

  22 comments for ““Local people not politics” says Dan

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    April 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Well, I must say that’s a refreshing attitude!

    Good luck sir!

  2. May 1, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Conservatives seem to have a problem finding local people to stand at all in Hedge End. No candidate in Grange Park ward. In Wildern the only candidate who lives in the ward is Labour’s Andrew Helps.

    • May 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Its not just the Conservatives having that problem Keith. Few people want to come forward as Independents either. Frankly, having stood for election myself, I don’t blame them. Its a problem that needs to be worked on locally, with the active support of the Lib Dems.

      I note that Keith House commented the other day that he would prefer a more consensual arrangement in Hedge End. I wholeheartedly agree, but that can only happen if Keith is supportive of the idea of getting Cllrs of other persuasions onto the Town Council and doing certain things to help make that work.

      I fully understand Lib Dems wanting to maintain a Lib Dem empire, that’s what drives political parties and career politicians, but its not actually the best solution for Hedge End or Eastleigh. Change is needed, not to replace the Lib Dems completely, but to achieve a much healthier balance…

  3. Keith House
    May 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Dan is the only candidate from any opposition party who regularly attends and speaks at Eastleigh Council Cabinet meetings. UKIP, Labour and other Conservatives don’t show up. Even the opposition Conservative councillors rarely attend.

    • May 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Well done Dan, and also my respect to Keith House for mentioning this.

  4. Pete Stewart
    May 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Why is Dan concerned about local democracy? At least locally we can change who governs us, whereas at national level, we have no such power.

    Thanks to successive Parliaments aiding and abetting a foreign power to govern us, we have had the same government since 1973. It’s name is the “European Union”.

    And THAT is why UKIP is doing so well.

  5. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    “Why is Dan concerned about local democracy?”

    Because he is standing in a local election?

  6. Alex Wade
    May 1, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I respect anyone who chooses to stand in local election, it is important that what is best for the community is the priority, although not a conservative, I respect dan taking the step and standing for election. Where I Adam a cllr, the ruling party are not lib Dems and the ruling party are full of career politicians, sadly

  7. Botley Voter
    May 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Well done Dan. Very refreshing. I wish you huge success.

  8. Teresa
    May 2, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Dan’s a very good man, indeed! Eastleigh Basics Bank is just one of the many worthy causes he’s involved in. I do hope he does well – our Council needs him!! 🙂

  9. Sue
    May 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Yes food banks are a worthy cause but we dont have to have them by accident? They are a direct consequence of the Conservative/LibDem govts policies? Austerity has created huge hardship at the bottom of the pile whilst by all accounts the very wealthiest are thriving and making more money than ever before. Local politics should be about local issues etc but national govt policy plays out through everything including local politics.

    • Pete Stewart
      May 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Quite right Sue. I see Britain slipping into third world status thanks to EU-globalist government policies.

      Once we dared call ourselves a GREAT nation. Then came 1973 and our absorption by the embryonic EU.

      The word “great” was made taboo by the Euro-globalists who wanted to sell off our jobs. We became a mere “nation”. There was to be no “great” in Britain any more.

      Out went the Union Jack and in came the circle of yellow stars on a blue background. They called it the “Union Flag”!

      Later, it became an “offence” to fly the Union Jack; and taboo to call it anything other than the “Union Flag”.

      Their goal was to “denationalize” Britain and turn us into some anonymous globalized region where labour could be utilized from the cheapest far flung corner of the world without a howl of protest.

      Alas 40 years on, we dare not call ourselves even a “nation”. Where is our pride and the great family that was once our nation? Where are the labels which proudly proclaim “Made in Great Britain”?

      In EU-globalist Britain, the strongest survive at the expense of the weakest. Wealth gathers in the hands of the few, after it has been silently removed from the pockets of the many.

      All that remains are memories of our industrial past. The thriving factories which formed the backbone of Britain, now stand silent and empty – except for the ghosts. The only sound is the monotonous squeak of the slowly rusting “To Let” signs as they swing in the breeze.

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        May 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

        It is not an offence to fly a union jack – it’s just poor form – unless you are at sea, but otherwise onland, it’s a union flag.

      • May 11, 2014 at 10:35 pm

        “God Save OUR Queen”

  10. Sophie
    May 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Sue, dont believe everything the media throws at you, if people are offered something for free they will take it.

  11. Sue
    May 9, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Sophie people have to have a special referal slip from Social Worker etc in order to be able to humiliate themselves by claiming their charity food. I have known people who have had to try to do it and also know a social worker who sometimes has to take people to collect it. This is definitely not something that people do simply because it is free! And certainly not in the numbers that are now having to have the free food. It is disgusting that we live in a society where people (often working but in really low paid jobs) are forced into this type of humiliating circumstance.

    • May 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Generally true Sue, but there are plenty of exceptions.
      Sophie is absolutely correct.

  12. Sue
    May 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    “A security guard at a jobcentre turned away a man with learning disabilities who had arrived 20 minutes early to sign on. The man then returned two minutes late to sign on and had his JSA sanctioned for 4 weeks.
    A man was sanctioned for four weeks because he had not known about an appointment as the letter had been sent to an address that he had left a year ago, even though Jobcentre Plus was aware of his current address.
    A woman claiming employment and support allowance had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and had given the back-to-work scheme provider a list of her hospital appointments. She was sanctioned for failing to attend an appointment on the middle day of her three-day hospital stay. The woman had two daughters but her ESA was reduced to £28 a week. She asked for reconsideration, but had heard nothing five weeks later.
    A woman was sanctioned for failing to attend provider-led training when the receptionist had rung to tell her not to come in because the trainer was ill. She was subsequently told that she should have attended to sign the attendance register.
    A woman whose ESA was sanctioned had her benefit reduced from £195 to less than £50 per fortnight because she missed a back-to-work scheme appointment owing to illness. Her sister had rung two days beforehand to say that she could not attend and arranged another date, when she did attend.
    An epileptic man had his JSA sanctioned for four weeks because he did not attend a back-to-work scheme meeting as his two-year old daughter was taken ill and he was her sole carer that day. He rang the provider in advance, but was told this would still have to be noted as “did not attend”. During the four-week sanction he suffered hunger, hardship, stress and an increase in epileptic attacks, but he was not told about hardship payments or food banks or how to appeal the sanction decision.
    Lastly, a man in Yorkshire and Humber was sanctioned for allegedly failing to attend back-to-work scheme events. He had in fact attended, and the provider had no record of any failures. His hardship request was not processed, his housing benefit was stopped, and he fell into rent arrears and had no money for food, gas or electricity.
    These are not isolated or exceptional cases.” Taken from Michael Meachers speech in parliament on 8/4/14

    Maybe all the over zealous sanctioning of people claiming benefits is also helping to drive the phenomenal increase in food bank use?

  13. May 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Peter Steward
    Dan and I had chat about local issues. You always wanted UKIP to go local (correct!!!).So you changed your mind WHY?
    Or did UKIP sycophant’s make you change your mind ? I never change my mind, so two sycophant’s had me deselected. What did you do about it “NOTHING!

    Your on the right track Dan-what help-give me a call on 80613293.
    Sam Snook

  14. Sam Snook
    May 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Dan-One big local issue-go on line and watch “THE HIDDEN LOCAL ISSUES.”

  15. Pete Stewart
    May 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm


    Well done for playing a part in the big political picture.

    Fortunately we can still elect who governs us at local level but how appalling that this is impossible at the national level, where we are unable to remove our EU government and replace it with a British version.

    That’s why I left the Conservatives and joined UKIP.

  16. Sam Snook.
    May 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Have You watched-“THE HIDDEN LOCAL ISSUES”
    Sam Snook.

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