Conservatives win Eastleigh

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Mims and local conservatives celebrate pic: Eastleigh News/Alice Rose


Mims Davies, the Conservative candidate, has become Eastleigh’s first female MP in a spectacular turn of fortune for the Tories who have converted a highly marginal seat into a safe one with a 9,000 vote majority while defeating the Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton and breaking a 21 year reign in Eastleigh for the Lib Dems in the process.

The Lib Dems finished second in 2013 and Ukip failed to replicate their 2013 by-election success by finishing third

The poor result mirrors the National trend for the Lib Dems who are facing their biggest ever electoral defeat.

The local election results for seats on the Borough or Parish councils will follow a count this morning at 10.30.

Full report on all results to follow….


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  21 comments for “Conservatives win Eastleigh

  1. Matthew Myatt
    May 8, 2015 at 7:08 am

    At last these evil Fib Dems have been shown that they can no longer take Eastleigh voters for granted and that their lies and bully boy tactics have failed. I do feel a little bit sorry for Mike Thornton as a person but he was never anything more than a puppet MP and he has paid the price for betraying Eastleigh folk by becoming the Fib Dem figure head locally and supporting the Keith House dictatorship.


    • May 8, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I think that just about sums it up nicely. Let us hope that this is replicated in the local results as well. Personally I find one individual who campaigns on “saving green spaces” yet plans to sell his land to developers distasteful…

      • John Milne
        May 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

        Only one! I thought it was a requirement to be accepted as a Lib Dem candidate.

  2. Sue
    May 8, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Maybe our new MP would like to write an article for the Eastleigh on line news introducing herself. Personally i am interested in the proposed sale of NHS land at Moorgreen and the development of extra housing there. This will not leave space for parking at the NHS facilities and will not allow space to expand the facilities there. To me this seems very short sighted!

  3. Rosie
    May 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    At least Mims has been visible in the area for a long time now, sending out questionnaires and knocking on doors to introduce herself. She has also been taking up local issues from that time, not waiting to be elected before did anything!
    We now need Mims to liaise with the Planning Inspector (or whoever!) to see if she can overturn any of the planning authorisations the Lib Dems have given for building on our countryside in advance of Local Plan approval – especially the Draft Local Plan “BU2” area (land between Bridge Road, and Blundell Lane, Bursledon) which, due to that draft not being approved, is still Countryside as under the previous Local Plan and not “Urban” as in the thrown-out Draft Local Plan. Does the same apply to any of the other approved schemes (countryside next to Manor Farm Country Park, Boorley Green, Stoneham, and between Bursledon Windmill and Dodwell Lane, to name the biggest schemes?)
    And continue with her plans to get safe crossings along the A27 at Bursledon, protect the NHS, etc. The first place a traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing is needed is the A27 junction with Dodwell Lane – schoolchildren through to the elderly risk their lives daily trying to cross that road to get to and from bus stops or local facilities, and the “refuges” in the middle of the road are not a solution as you still have to be fit enough to run across the road or wait for a car to stop and hold up traffic behind it if you want to get across.

  4. Matthew Myatt
    May 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Well the worm is turning with the Fib Dems loosing two council seats as well and having their majority slashed in seats where they held on and in some cases barely held on..

    Taking the swing of votes going to the Tories in the Eastleigh local election this time round, it is clear that they will pick up more seats in the next round of local elections and we will see the demise of the Fib Dems locally.

    Well done Eastleigh voters, thank god you have woken up to the danger of letting the Fib Dems have their own way locally. Now with the help of Mims, perhaps we can now really start to PROTECT GREEN SPACES.!!

    O’ and tress, says Sid.

  5. Dinky
    May 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    We meed to get Housey Housey out of the Council. The present regime is still too Fib Dem dominated. They can just steamroller any proposal with little or no opposition today was a start.

  6. May 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    What we need now, is for the Tories to find their heart and not repeat the mistakes which led to Labour being elected for multiple terms, from 1997.

    Keeping promises on new local infrastructure and that referendum on the EU will be crucial…

  7. May 8, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Councillors are elected to serve their local community. “No more decision behind closed doors.” Open up the doors and let’s see how decisions are made” Well done the Tories” Well done Mims. “Goodbye Lib Dems”

    • May 8, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Trouble is Sam, when the doors are open, at public meetings, few can be bothered to attend. It seems that Eastenders and Emmerdale are more interesting than the decisions being taken by the Borough and Parish Councils…

  8. Judith Grajewski
    May 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Yes, Ray. Dates of all of the Council meetings held in public are published on the EBC website and public participation welcomed. Members of the public can usually have their say on agenda items too. More info available on website. I wish more residents would come along.

  9. Dinky
    May 9, 2015 at 9:58 am

    The frustrating thing is that local people complain about Lib Dem dominance at EBC but they still vote them in which was apparent from Thursday’s poll. Why do they do it? Don’t vote them in and then complain about it afterwards. Local people have the power to change things through the ballot box. Use that power!

    • May 9, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      And don’t complain if you haven’t turned out to vote. If you can’t find anybody worth voting for, spoil your ballot paper….

  10. May 9, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Lib Dems care about the elderly and attend church that’s where the Lib Dems take thousands of postal votes in the Borough.

  11. May 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Lib Dems votes come from care homes and going to church, without Cllrs Wayne Irish, Alan Broadhust, M Sollitt the Lib Dem vote would collapse.

    • May 9, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Which one of them is from a care home??!!

      • Matthew Myatt
        May 20, 2015 at 10:24 pm

        I could name a few that should be..

  12. rob
    May 16, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Just get the spade out and start cutting the sod for the Chickenhall link, no more excuses!!!

    • Matthew Myatt
      May 20, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Yes, now the Tories can really prove that the link road was their baby all along.

  13. May 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    For what its worth, since moving here in 2003 I’ve always felt the Lib Dems have been re-elected in such numbers purely because they have always had such an efficient election machine, and the other parties just haven’t matched it. The one name you’d know going into the polling station would be the Lib Dem candidate. Just look at the volume of Focus et al leaflets in your recycle bin during election time compared to the others.

    The Tories did well this time because they upped their game. This constituency was one of the 23 they focused on and it worked.

    Ukip sent a few out, but as for Labour in this area (South Ward)… did they forget there was an election?

  14. May 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    “Eastleigh Local Election” in 2016 “Conservative” or Keith House.

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