Foreign Secretary hits local campaign trail in Hedge End

Phil Hammond (R) speaking to residents in Hedge End with Mims Davies

Phil Hammond (R) speaking to residents in Hedge End with Mims Davies

Hedge End voters were surprised to see the Foreign Secretary Phil Hammond out and about canvassing in the town.

The Conservative front bencher was campaigning in support of Jerry Hall who is the Conservaitve Candidate for St John’s Ward in the Borough Election and he was accompanied by Mims Davies who is hoping to become Eastleigh’s next MP.

Hammond is the latest high profile Conservative to visit the constituency which hightlights its importance to the party as a marginal target seat – previous vistors have included the Chanclellor of the Exchequr who visited Botley and the Prime Minister who visited Bursledon community centre

Eastleigh is one of 23 seats the tories say they need need to win in order to return to Parliament with an outright majority.

After meeting some of Hedge End’s voters on the doorstep Phil Hammond said:

“Mims Davies is an excellent candidate, running a strong local campaign.

“Knocking on doors around Hedge End, it was clear that she has strong support, and that local people want to see the work we are doing to turn the country around continuing.”

Hammond was pfreviously the Defence Secretary and the Conservatives say that the defence budget and the armed forces covenant came up during their conversation. with residents.

Jerry Hall said he was “pleased’ to be supported by the Foreign Secretary and Mims Davies adding:

“Many people in Hedge End have an armed forces background. On the doorstep over the last few months I have met with people who are concerned with local issues but are also keen to discuss matters affecting our nation. When they go to vote on May 7 this will be one of the issues on their mind when casting their ballots.”

In a separate statement issued over the weekend Mims Davies hailed David Cameron’s pledge to raise the inheritance tax threshold if the Conservatives win the General Election.

The Conservative candidate said:

“People who have saved and put their hard-earned money into their home shouldn’t have to pay inheritance tax when they pass it on their children.

“That’s why this new allowance is great news for people who have worked hard, saved and want to pass on their home to their children in Eastleigh. It will effectively increase the Inheritance Tax threshold to £1 million for married couples – taking the family home out of inheritance tax.”

The following candidates are also standing in St Johns ward:

Beryl Addison – Labour

Michale O’Donoghue – Ukip

Thomas Rushby – Green Party

Mick Wheatley – Liberal Democrat

The other candidates in the Eastleigh Parliamentary election are:

Declan Clune – TUSC

Mark Latham- Labour

Mike Thornton – Liberal Democrat

Patricia Culligan -Ukip

Ray Hall – Beer, Baccy and Scratchings

Ron Meldrum – Green

  9 comments for “Foreign Secretary hits local campaign trail in Hedge End

  1. April 13, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Nobody knocked on my door over the weekend…

    • April 13, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Have you got a poster in the window?

      • April 28, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        Not this time Stephen.

        And no flyposting from the local Tories, on this occasion. He’s moved…!

        • April 28, 2015 at 3:43 pm

          But you should see the battle of posters outside & opposite Dusty’s house.

          The Tories efforts, which are seriously OTT by normal standards, still look pathetic by comparison to Dusty’s banner…

  2. John Milne
    April 13, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    It would be good for Hedge End to have a councillor who represents the people of Hedge End and not the interests of Keith House and the Lib Dems. Hope Jerry Hall wins.

    • April 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Indeed it would John, but Michale O’Donoghue is the better choice at Borough level in the St Johns ward…

      • April 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm

        If you think that, maybe why nobody knocked on your door.

        • April 13, 2015 at 9:36 pm

          Lol. Could be Pianoman3.

          Though I suspect Hammond knocked on about 3 or 4 doors for the photo opportunity, then cleared off with his minders. Just as William Hague did in 2013…

  3. April 20, 2015 at 11:53 pm


    George Osborne likes to say we are all in this together.

    But George pays accountants to help him to find loop
    holes, which channel 4 reckons will save him £1.6

    “These kind of legal tax dodges cost the rest of us “billons”

    How can you trust “George Osborne” to do all he can to
    close tax loop holes, when he uses them himself.

Comments are closed.