MP apologises for Ukip leaflet claim

Mike Thornton

Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton took to twitter today to issue an apology to Eastleigh News and Eastleigh’s Ukip Branch.

When being interviewed by Eastleigh News for a story on a ‘war of words’ between Eastleigh Liberal Democrats and their Ukip rivals, Thornton alleged that Ukip had distributed a leaflet in Hedge End during the recent Hedge End Town Council by-election describing Allington Lane as a ‘perfect solution’ (for possible future housing development).

The MP also said he had a copy of the leaflet in his office.

Ukip contacted Eastleigh News to say this was not possible because they had not printed any such leaflet.

Eastleigh News then asked the Lib Dems if they could send a scan of the leaflet to verify Thornton’s side of the story.

Shortly after Thornton tweeted twice to apologise to Ukip and Eastleigh News for getting it ‘wrong’ over the leaflet.

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Sources at Eastleigh Ukip told Eastleigh News that they had referred to Allington Lane as a ‘perfect solution’ in a tweet and local Ukip chair Glynn Davies-Dear described it as a ‘least worst’ option that Ukip would consider if they gained control of the council during the life of the local plan.

Mike Thornton is currently running a petition to ‘stop UKIP 4000 house chaos’.

A Lib Dem source said they didn’t think Ukip’s proposal to build on Allington Lane with a reduced number of houses would get past a public enquiry.

Housing is likely to be a key issue in the local election campaign with residents in many areas unhappy with housing development allocations proposed under the Local Plan.

Lib Dems are say that Ukip appear to have committed themselves to supporting an unviable housing plan while Ukip say this episode has exposed ‘Lib Dem lies’ about Ukip policies.

  20 comments for “MP apologises for Ukip leaflet claim

  1. April 13, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Party politics aside, we’ve got to respect any MP who is big enough to issue such an apology, so publicly and so promptly.

    My feeling is that Mike said what he did on the assumption that the leaflet was at Eastleigh Lib Dem HQ, trusting that HQ wouldn’t have launched this particular strand of their anti-UKIP campaign without such evidence.

    He consequently tripped over the massive embellishment of the truth by the zealots at Eastleigh Lib Dem HQ…

    • wayne
      April 13, 2014 at 2:48 am

      Sickening that you liberals will continue the farce and give excuses.
      “The MP also said “HE” had a copy of the leaflet in “HIS” office”
      He lied, a typical liberal tactic of mud slinging in this case made up mud), he got had his bluff called and got caught red handed. The only option is to apologies. He and his lieing party/supporters deserve disdain and ridicule.

    • Ebo
      April 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

      I’d respect much more people who don’t lie in the first place.

      • April 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        Well yes Ebo, that’s true, but as its Mike Thornton, a busy MP [and Borough Cllr] who is necessarily a little more detached from the local campaigning than all the other Lib Dems, I’m prepared to accept that he made a genuine mistake in this case. He merely tripped over a problem that the HQ staff had created for their front-man. His prompt apology, which I accept as sincere, has rectified Mikes mistake, but not the fibs that are being promulgated by those who are running the anti-UKIP campaign at Eastleigh Lib Dem HQ.

        • Anne Romaine
          April 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

          Don’t forget he’s also a Parish Councillor in Bishopstoke. Bit worrying if he’s detached from local campaigning just because he’s wearing so many hats

        • Jim
          April 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm

          Ray, I hear what you are saying but if the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing when it comes to their anti UKIP campaign of lies. Surely the best thing for them to do, for the sake of their MP is to STOP telling lies. If they were to stick to honesty, this sort of thing wouldn’t have happened. As for Mikes Petition against UKIPs 4000 houses, does that not suggest that he is also up to his brass neck in this anti UKIP spin campaign?

          UKIP do not currently have the power to create policy or affect planning decisions. Mikes petition is completely pointless and is seemingly designed to fool people into believing there is a problem that really does not exist. It is a clever ploy and very deceptive. I would say Mike is not as innocent as he would like people to think.

          • April 13, 2014 at 9:48 pm

            I suspect Mikes petition was also set up by one of the Lib Dem HQ staff, rather than by Mike hinmself. It will be interesting to see if they quietly close that down that over the next few days. I think they should…

            • mm
              Eastleigh Xpress
              April 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm

              It currently has three signatures including one from someone called “What plan Liar”

              • April 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

                Its up to four now.

    • The Wizard of Eastleigh
      April 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      He lied about UKIP, he said they put out a leaflet and it turns out they didnt. He even said he had a copy in his office. To say he had a copy means he remembers seeing it. If there is no leaflet then for him to say he has a copy is a lie!

      He has been caught. He had no choice but to apologise. An apology does not alter the fact that he is capable and willing to tell lies. He is an MP, people voted for him to represent them.
      If he lies to those people it is a total abuse of trust. He should be sacked or resign!!

    • April 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      He didn’t have any choice he was making it up

  2. John
    April 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Well – we had Labour ruining the economy – the Tories will always be known as the party of expense fiddling, and the Lib Dem now have a reputation for lying both Nationally Mr Clegg and locally Mr Thornton.

    UKIP alone are the party of integrity – no prizes for guessing where this voter will be applying a cross on 22nd May!

  3. Rosie
    April 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    To be honest, I’d rather we still had a hugely-experienced MP who’d lied about something in his personal life (Chris Huhne, who in fact only did what I know some women have done for their husbands or children, and which is supposed to be common practice! ….) than one who continues to at best manipulate the truth and at worst lie during both his pre-election campaign (eg a campaign leaflet saying he was protecting Bursledon’s countryside from building for the next 20 years, whilst doing the exact opposite, and for which no correction or apology was received!) and now this. Time our so-called MP learned what being an MP is about. He’s certainly paid enough!

    • The Wizard of Eastleigh
      April 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Problem there is, Chris Huhne went to Jail. You cannot have an MP who has been in Jail. Perjury is a criminal offence.

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        April 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm

        Yes you can have an MP who has been in Jail provided sentence was less than 12 months. You can even be an MP and be in Jail as was IRA Hunger Striker Bobby Sands and Militant MP Terry Fields – jailed for refusing to pay the poll tax.

        Chris Huhne could have remained as MP for Eastleigh but he did the honourable thing and resigned.

        What a great bloke.

        • April 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm

          Christ, I nearly choked – give over!

  4. James Hunt
    April 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Another reason not to trust the liberal democrats, it just makes you think that them leaflets that nick clegg was producing at the debate could have also been fake.
    Could you ever think that this is what made ukip loose the by-election all due to the lying liberal demoprats

    • April 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

      I think it had some bearing on the result James. Whether it would have made enough of a difference is impossible to say, as there were many factors in play at that by-election. If you recall, there were more candidates than usual and the opposition vote was spread very widely, with the Tories doing a lot of damage to the main opposition, by splitting the UKIP vote…

  5. Norman
    April 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    A good salesman would never criticise another product and politicians should not criticise each other. For me all it does is to show the weakness of the caller. For Gods sake just get on with your own proposals and stick to them and let the people decide their priorities.

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