Town Councillor Resigns

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Former Liberal Democrat and ‘Independent’ Hedge End Town Councillor, Caitlin Bloom, now standing for election to NUS Block of 15:

Hedge End Town Council have recently announced the resignation of Cllr Caitlin Bloom and issued a co-option notice on their website.

Caitlin Bloom, who is the daughter of the high-ranking Lib Dem Eastleigh Borough Councillor & Hedge End Town Councillor,  Cllr Louise Bloom, was elected to Hedge End Town Council as  a Liberal Democrat in 2011, but has more recently been listed as an ‘Independent’ on the Hedge End Town Council website. The reasons for that change were not formally announced when it happened, leaving Hedge Enders to trip over the change on a rarely visited secondary page of the Hedge End Town Council website.

Former Hedge End Town Cllr, Caitlin Bloom, who was listed as an 'Independent' on the HETC website.

Former Hedge End Town Cllr, Caitlin Bloom, shown here listed as an ‘Independent’ on the HETC website.

Caitlin’s public Linkedin profile currently shows Caitlin as the Deputy President Education at De Montfort Students Union, Leicester. Because of her studies and political activities at University in Leicester, Caitlin’s attendance at Hedge End Town Council meetings has been patchy since she was elected.

Although there has been no official announcement of the reasons for her resignation, it is clear that Caitlin’s political career is taking her in an exciting new direction.

Once again there has been no formal announcement to the residents of Hedge End, who Caitlin was elected to serve, but Caitlin’s Twitter account and the #BloomforBlock hashtag reveals that she is currently a candidate for the National Executive Council of the National Union of Students, more commonly known as the ‘Block of 15’.

Her candidacy is confirmed on the official NUS page for these elections, which are due to be held at the forthcoming NUS Conference, which is to be held in Liverpool from 8th – 10th April, (i.e. next week).

Curiously, Caitlin’s candidate profile for these elections makes no reference to her former service as a Liberal Democrat or ‘Independent’ Town Councillor in Hedge End. 

Neither is that service mentioned on Caitlin’s public Linkedin profile, although it does mention her participation in the Student Council at Wildern School in Hedge End. That is a strange omission, as standing in a Local Government election and her subsequent service as a Hedge End Town Councillor is very good experience that seems very relevant if standing for another position of office…

Meanwhile, the resignation of Cllr Caitlin Bloom creates a vacancy in the Grange Park East ward of Hedge End Town Council.  

With several of these casual vacancies over the last few years, two of which were caused by resignations of Town Councillors for career related reasons, two of which were due to the deaths of serving Town Councillors, the procedure is now well rehearsed in Hedge End.

The co-option notice has been formally announced on the Hedge End Town Council website. If ten residents of the Grange Park East ward write to the Returning Officer at Eastleigh Borough Council by 28th April, requesting that the vacancy be filled by an election, another local by-election will be held.

If no election is called, Hedge End Town Council will be free to co-opt somebody to fill the position.

With the Liberal Democrats currently having a 19-1 majority on the Town Council, it is almost certain that the person co-opted would be another Liberal Democrat…

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 “Town Councillor Resigns

  1. April 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Hmmm, Miss Bloom would hardly want her fellow student voters to know that she not only supported but served with a political party that lied and cheated to students over ‘Student Fee’s’. It would without doubt put an end to any hopes of getting elected to any student body and risk her being run out of town.

    Perhaps a sly email to the NEC of the NUS is called for here. Carma is such a bitch, don’t you think..??

  2. April 4, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I hadn’t thought of that Matthew, but you could be right.

    The #Bloom4Block and #NUSNC14 hashtags might also be worth following over the next few days, to see how Caitlin gets on.

    I wish the LIb Dems and Caitlin had been a lot more up-front with Hedge End about this, but I genuinely wish Caitlin well in these elections. I’ve stood for election myself previously, and know what it is like…!

  3. Matthew (Save Sid) Myatt
    April 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Fear not, the deed is done.

    • April 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

      In theory, Caitlin’s former membership of the LIb Dems shouldn’t matter, as she wasn’t involved in the Lib Dem’s massive betrayal of election promises, but given that she formally stood for election as a Lib Dem, was elected as a Lib Dem Cllr and served as a Lib Dem Cllr, it is only right that this information is in the public domain prior to the elections at the NUS conference.

      From what I’ve seen of her participation at Town Council meetings, she’s a feisty young lady, having been taught very well by her Mum.

      I personally think Caitlin is very well qualified to serve on the NUS ‘Block of 15’ and would add that she doesn’t need the red dress. Though I concede that will probably get the ‘male’ vote..!

      Despite everything, Caitlin is now a Hedge Ender going for National Office, so I genuinely wish her well.

      I suspect most of her Town Council Colleagues will agree..

  4. Matthew (Lady in Red) Myatt
    April 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Red Dress.. Love it.!

    I agree, she should be honest with voters and tell them of her political membership of the #LibDems. To not do so enforces the #FibDem hashtag.

    • April 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      That’s what most career politicians do Matthew, use every possible trick to maximise their chances of election. The Eastleigh Lib Dems are particularly good [or bad] at this, and Caitlin has had two very good teachers…!

  5. April 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Well, I for one will miss her. I thought she did a good job as an Independent in Hedge End,especially on issues such as arts and youth.

    We need more young people entering local politics, not just grumpy middle-aged men.

    • April 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Lol, though it would be nice if somebody listened to middle aged men occasionally and regarded them as older, wiser and more experienced in life, rather than ‘grumpy’…

      But generally speaking yes, I agree. We need more people entering local politics, at all levels and all age groups / gender etc, etc.

      We also need the electorate to turn out and participate…!

      Finally, I should add that I will not be contesting this particular vacancy, for the reasons that I have explained on my blog.

      • M Bailey
        April 5, 2014 at 9:51 am

        We also need people, of any age, who actually live in and are interested in Hedge End – not some CV inhancing makeweight for the Lib Dems. Ms Bloom has been in Leicester for years. Wonder why she is reluctant to say she was elected on the back of Chris Huhne’s campaign which involved visiting Barton Peverill to tell students that University tuition fees would be abolished if they voted Lib Dem? A whole generation disenfranchised by Lib Dem lies. Perhaps that should go on Ms Bloom’s CV.

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