‘Coalition doesn’t make us Tories’ says top Lib Dem


Labour supporters in Eastleigh, who may have voted Lib Dem tactically in the past, have been urged by a senior Liberal Democrat to support Mike Thornton in the forthcoming General Election,

The Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb was visiting Eastleigh’s Community Mental Health Team at Desborough House when he made the comments.

Lamb who was accompanied by  Mike Thornton on the visit, was asked by Eastleigh News what he had to say to Labour supporters who would have been disappointed that the Lib Dems had formed a coalition with the Conservatives in 2010 after pledging to “Keep the Tories out”.

Lamb, who is widely tipped as a successor to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, responded:

“The fact that we have gone into coalition with the conservatives was in the national interest to get the country through a very difficult period.

It doesn’t make us conservatives, we have very strong values”.

Lamb said a majority Conservative government “would drift to the right” and described Mike Thornton as a ‘brilliant local MP”.

Addressing those who might be considering voting Green as an alternative to the Lib Dems he urged “Don’t be tempted by easy offers” adding that the choice on May 7 was

“between a Conservative or Mike Thornton, a brilliant local MP who will pursue a Green agenda.

Mike Thornton told Eastleigh News that Eastleigh’s Lib Dem controlled Council was one of the “greenest boroughs in the county” and it’s recycling record was “better than the Green controlled authority in Brighton”.

“If you want Green, vote Lib Dem” said the MP.

Lamb and Thornton spent some 40 minutes at Desborough House chatting to patients and staff.

Afterwards Norman Lamb said:

“I’m just very impressed by the work they are doing here, it’s really exciting”.

Mike Thornton also praised the staff saying:

“They work extremely hard to improve mental health throughout the region.

“We are reaching a point where people understand that mental health has to be given the same importance as physical health and the staff here, in conjunction with Solent Mind and Hampshire County Council, are working hard to ensure that mental health patients aren’t treated any differently, because when you’re ill – your’e ill”.

  19 comments for “‘Coalition doesn’t make us Tories’ says top Lib Dem

  1. Me4Eastleigh
    March 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    At the last GE those Labour supporters who voted tactically for the Lib Dems got let down VERY badly with broken promises.
    Remember the student tuition fee promise? Broken in days.
    Labour voters should vote where their heart is. For Labour.
    As for Eastleigh being Green! What a laugh! They are building all over it!
    It must be Green Concrete!
    Lib Dems have let Eastleigh residents down very badly.

  2. March 14, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    “It doesn’t make us conservatives, we have very strong values..”

    O stop it.. Ha Ha Ha Ha.. Yes, strong values that we dump the moment we get into power..!! Does this fool think Eastleigh people will forget how FIB Dems sold out the country, the voters and the students to the devil.?

    Wake up Eastleigh, for the love of all things good, DO NOT VOTE Fib Dem again and return these fools to power.

    Its your town and its time to take back the control for these cheats and lairs.

    • John Milne
      March 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      I like the bit where Mike Thornton is described as a ‘Brilliant local MP’ If you believe that then you deserve Mike as your MP.

      Personally I’ll be voting for someone who is mentally able to hold an adult conversation and knows the difference between the truth and a lie.

      • Me4Eastleigh
        March 14, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        Not even sure Nick Clegg knows who the Current MP is!
        Join the queue Nick, Now let me think, is his name House?
        Not sure, but he pulls the strings!

  3. Beryl
    March 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    The truth is, UKIP can beat both the Conservatives and LibDems. I realised that now I have seen how close they have come in the last 2 years. Anyone voting tactically this time round will know that UKIP is the only sensible choice for keeping Tories out as well as the backstabbing LibDems with their Lying, cheating MP’s who end up in prison.

    I visited the UKIP shop in Eastleigh today. Such a nice bunch of people in there and very clued up on how to solve the horrible traffic problems.
    They seem to know what they are talking about and I really like that!
    I will definitely be giving them my vote. No way will I ever vote for LibDems again. Lie after Lie after Lie not to mention them jumping into bed with that David Cameron!

    • Me4Eastleigh
      March 14, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      UKIP change their policies faster than most people change their underwear! (Daily). A UKIP vote is a wasted vote that the period of protest is now surely long gone.
      No policies that gel, No manifesto that is lucid, they want to go back to the days reflected in ‘ Call the Midwife’
      I see Farage blames the loss of a certain part of his manhood on the NHS and an Indian Doctor!
      Seem to recall another similar focussed person did this in the 1930’s and had a similar hangup!

      Anyone voting UKIP Will get a Labour Government with no chance for a referendum!! Fact.

    • March 14, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      If Ukip though they could ever win in Eastleigh, Diane James wouldn’t have hot-footed to NW Hants after the by-election.

  4. March 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Desborough House. I know it well, though not as a patient myself.

    My observation is that the front-line staff are very hard-pressed, I’ve seen them pretty stressed at times, and the service is clearly under-resourced.

    That’s how the Lib Dem / Conservative coalition really value Eastleigh’s Mental Health Services…

  5. Anne Romaine
    March 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    The time for tactically voting in Eastleigh is over. Only a fool continues to think a vote for the Lib Dems will keep the Tories out. They’ve totally let down Eastleigh voters. Be bold – vote for the party you want to form the government

  6. March 14, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    The Libdem hold over Eastleigh is reminiscent of 1920’s Chicago, nepotism, sycophancy and mysterious planning decisions, with Mr Thornton and Cllr House in the thick of it.

  7. Rosie
    March 15, 2015 at 2:29 am

    They still think it’s a two-horse race between the Lib Dems and Conservatives. As they did at the last election when Diane James the UKIP candidate almost got in – from nowhere! – because she ran rings round Lib Dem Mike Thornton (and the other candidates who bothered to show up – no Conservative!) at the Hustings event organised by 38 Degrees. Shame she’s not standing here again as second time around she would probably get in, especially after so many appearances on Question Time over the past year or two.
    As for the local Lib Dems and Eastleigh Borough Council being “Green” – totally laughable! Notices around the area saying “Tackling Climate Change” mean the opposite. Lib Dems are steam-rollering through the building of thousands of houses on our best countryside, which will push thousands more vehicles onto our roads and bring them to a standstill. Plus almost daily bonfires in some areas from spring through to autumn (and often in winter too) which EBC, Lib Dem Parish Councillors and our MP do nothing about, despite residents having been complaining for years and no longer being able to put washing out, sit in their gardens or have windows open day or night on many days during the hottest months of the year. As for recycling – ok re green and food bins but black bin collections are only fortnightly – despite the Coalition’s promise of a return to weekly collection – and we have maggots oozing out of bins from nappy/pet waste and people can’t fit their rubbish into bins so just throw it out of their cars on country roads, or down quiet residential streets (which the waste operatives ignore on their collections!).
    Well at least this time around there’s a Green Party candidate – they should get a lot of votes after so many residents being horrified by the countryside being built on, while our MP and Lib Dem councillors all claim to be protecting the countryside (as long as it’s the car boot sale site at Bursledon, or the scruffy fields alongside Hamble Lane …!).
    Now, where shall we “recycle” all the pre-election propoganda that we will get rammed through our letterboxes daily when we don’t want it …

    • Me4Eastleigh
      March 15, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Interesting Diane James has stood down in North Hampshire as a candidate for ‘Personal Reasons’ what ever that means!

  8. March 16, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Saying one thing but doing another is becoming a hallmark of the Lib Dems, in Eastleigh and elsewhere. Claiming they are ‘understanding’ and supporting metal health provision is beyond irony – it is actually sick.

    The facts speak for themselves, http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/391710/Fears-as-mental-health-beds-cut – as 30% of our local mental health beds are cut.

    And the consequences are tragically predictable; Deborah Millikin is not an isolated tragedy, but her death was a preventable one.

    The coalition is guided by idealogical belief among conservatives and ‘Orange Book’ Lib Dems that the public sector must be cut back.

    Blue Tories at County and Yellow Tories at Borough blame each other to distract us, diminish our services and the quality of our lives.

    Mark Latham

    • John Milne
      March 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Such a shame that Labour, who love to spend other people’s money, spend it so wastefully. If they were more concerned about producing results from our taxes they would not have bankrupted the country and left nothing to show for it.

      Where will you get the money for extra public services then Mark? From us so you can waste it as you always do. Our quality of life under labour will be no better but it will cost us more.

      No thank you. I will not be voting for you.

    • John Milne
      March 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

      As for your comment that other parties blame each other to distract the voters, the words stones and glass houses spring to mind. When will labour take responsibility for their criminal behaviour?

  9. Rosie
    March 21, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I’m not a labour supporter but it still amazes me how people blame the Labour Govt for the financial crisis. Everyone forgets that the cause of the crisis started in the States (sub prime lending) and that we suffered as a result. It was the financial markets that caused the problem, and those same markets would have been advising our Labour govt re borrowing in the same way as they would be advising a govt from any other party. We now all know that those so called financial experts can’t be trusted and are motivated more by greed than anything else, but it took the crash for everyone to realise it. So stop blaming Labour and keep the blame firmly where it should be placed – with the banks and other financial institutions (and especially those bodies which should be governing them).

    • John Milne
      March 22, 2015 at 10:13 am

      That is simply not true Rosie. The UK would have faced austerity even without a global financial crises. The Labour government worked hand in hand with the banks to leave us the most exposed major economy in the world. Labour consciously allowed the banks to carry on doing what they were doing. The increased risk that the UK accepted was at the centre of Labour’s economic plan. The government racked up debt, the banks racked up debt and the population racked up debt. No other country took on as much risk as the UK did. The Treasury, the BoE and the FSA were responsible for overseeing this and did nothing over a 10+ year period. The whole purpose of regulating the banks and providing a guarantee is to prevent just such a thing happening. This was a massive failure by the government. I’m sure that if in their shoes the Conservatives and Lib Dems would have done the same but that does not excuse Labour for their crimes against the economy.

  10. March 21, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Well said Rosie.

    Nick Clegg has been shut out of two of the three televised debates
    during the elections. Labour claimed that Mr Clegg has been excluded
    at the request of the Prime Minster.

    It is the latest blow for the Liberal Democrats after they were caught up
    in a fund raising scandal involving the peer Lord Strasburg.

  11. March 22, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    The Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which wants to lead Britain out of the EU, has taken £2m, of taxpayers’ money in expenses and allowances as a member of the European Parliament, on top of his
    £64,000 a year salary.

    Nigel Farage, who is calling on voters to punish “greedy Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem MPs at the European elections, boasted of his personal expenses haul at a meeting with foreign journalist in London.

    With the pressure on all parliamentarians mounting, Farage insisted on
    Friday, that from next month (March) all his MEPs would publish their expenses on line.

    From the moment any UKIP member gets elected, MEPs will provide a clear and traceable quarterly statement of their expense accounts.

    Farage insisted that he had not “pocketed” the money but had used the very large sum of taxpayers money to help promote UKIPs message
    that the UK get out of the EU.

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