Category: Conservative

Future of Stoneham Park dominates local hustings

The future of Stoneham Park was very much on the agenda as local candidates took to the hustings at the Pavilion on the Park on Monday evening to play ‘pass the hot potato.’ The hustings for Eastleigh South ward formed part of the annual general meeting of the Aviary Residents association. Only the Labour candidate…

Possible byelection date revealed

November 15 is the most likely date for a byelection Eastleigh News understands. An unconfirmed, but well placed source has revealed that an election, if needed, would be most likely held on the same day as voting for a new police commissioner. All three major parties agreed to the date last week. Eastleigh’s MP Chris…

Lib Dems win Hedge End by-election

The Lib Dems have won yesterdays Hedge End Town Council by election with a whopping 63% majority over nearest rival Conservative Paul Redding. The Independent candidate Ray Turner came third and the UKIP candidate Michale O’Donoghue a distant fourth with only 22 votes. Victorious Richard Effeney polled more than all the other candidates combined in…

2000 Tories to descend on Eastleigh

Political blogger Guido Fawkes has reported that the Conservative party plan to send a team of 2000 party activists this Sunday, two days after the town’s Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne is due to appear in court alongside his former wife to answer charges of perverting the course of justice. A spokesperson for Eastleigh Conservatives…

Places…..What Places?

Eastleigh’s Town Councillors were shocked to learn that the Conservative led County Council have discovered a shortfall in places for Year R this coming September – an anticipated shortfall of 50 places. The expectation is that the shortfall will increase in coming years. The county are blaming this on parent choice and a rising birthrate which is…

Rose Bowl decision ‘too hasty’

Eastleigh Council have been accused of ‘steamrollering through’ their decision to purchase the Rose Bowl cricket stadium for £6.5 million. John Martin, a West End resident and Ukip activist challenged  a poorly attended meeting of the performance and policy panel last Wednesday over the haste the council had shown in pursuing the proposed deal. Mr Martin was…

When 12 become 4

Only 4 out of the 12 Councillors expected to attend  a meeting of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Panel scheduled for Wednesday (January  11) actually turned up on the night. The Chair, Cllr Pamela Holden-Brown, was joined by Cllr’s Grejewski, Mignot and Sullivan while Vice Chair Tonia Craig, along with Cllr’s Cross, Noyce, M Sollitt,…

ConDems YES to Gravel and Housing plans

Draft plans which earmark Hamble airfield as the preferred site for gravel extraction and Boorley Green as the preferred site for 1300 homes were approved today (October 13)at at separate meeting of Conservative led  Hampshire County Council  and Lib Dem controlled Eastleigh Borough Council – despite the opposition  of local residents and pressure groups. Both…

‘Significant’ boundary changes for Eastleigh

Proposed changes to size of parliamentary constituency are published by the Boundary Commission today sparking speculation as to safety of Chris Huhne’s Eastleigh seat in a future election if the recommendations are adopted. The Commission claim the Eastleigh constituency will be ‘significantly reconfigured’ under the proposals which aim to ensure all seats have the same…

Lib Dems increase hold on Eastleigh

Eastleigh Liberal Democrats have emerged victorious after local elections which saw their party hammered in almost every other part of the country. The Borough’s Lib Dems reclaimed both seats lost to defections by Keith Day and Andy Moore who had stood for re-election as independents. The Lib Dems also scooped up the Eastleigh South seat…

What is Chris Huhne really up to?

In his own words Chris Huhne described AV as ‘an ill-fitting corset attempting to squeeze all the diverse strands of opinion in our society into an inappropriate and deeply uncomfortable shape’. So if he is not a true fan of AV why is he getting so upset during the referendum campaign? Could it be that…

Tactical voting so negative says Huhne

Chris Huhne has denied that he owes his election victory in Eastleigh to tactical voting by Labour supporters and has said he does not fear a backlash from them in the next election. The Eastleigh MP who is due to speak at the Liberal Democrat party conference today, was debating in a fringe meeting was…

Clegg: No Lefties thank you

Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has told Labour supporters who voted for Lib Dem tactically that there was no point in them doing so. Speaking to the Guardian newspaper on the eve of the Liberal Democrat annual conference he said that he appreciated a lot of disaffected labour voters had transferred…

Botley SDA scrapped

Eastleigh Borough Council has decided not to go ahead with plans from the last government for a 6000 home strategic development area to the north of Hedge End at a recent Council meeting. The abolition of the South East Plan by the new coalition government means that the Council does not have to take forward a…

The Sunday Sermon…

While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. ‘Welcome to heaven,’ says St. Peter. ‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official…