Category: Conservative

Con Dem Nation

‘Judas’. That was the verdict delivered by a Labour voter on the community website ‘Hedgeendpeople’ on the news that Eastleigh’s re-elected MP Chris Huhne had negotiated himself a position in the Conservative cabinet as Energy Secretary. Faced with defending a majority of only 568, Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats had campaigned hard to encourage tactical voting among…

Eastleigh Election Round Up

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Chris Huhne is now in London taking part in talks to try and form a government between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party. Earlier on Friday morning he had secured re-election as MP for Eastleigh with an increased majority while Liberal Democrats in the neighbouring constituencies of Romsey and Winchester lost to the Conservatives…

Huhne Wins!

Chris Huhne has held Eastleigh with a convincing win – increasing his majority by about 3500. Despite coming second Maria Hutchings also increased the Conservative vote by 2500. This would have been enough to overturn the 530 defecit last time out – and the conservatives certainly felt they had done enough to win outright –…

Hot air on Climate Change

About 40 people were at Barton Peveril College Friday evening for a specially arranged hustings on behalf of the ‘Ask the Climate Question’ campaign. A number of organisations including Christian Aid, Greenpeace and Oxfam have organised the series of hustings to give voters a chance to hear local candidate’s views on climate change. Chris Huhne…

Hutchings: ‘Lib Dems soft on Crime’

The Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne, has been attacked by Tory candidate Maria Hutchings as “soft on crime” during a live debate at Fleming Park. “The Liberal Democrats are very soft on crime” Ms Hutchings claimed in the debate on law and order broadcast by BBC Radio Solent. “They are talking about community…

Minority Candidates fail to impress in Waltham Chase

“They’re charming people, but they’re eccentrics” was the verdict of barrister Peter Herrity on the three minority candidates standing in the newly created constituency of Meon Valley. The last hustings of the campaign at Waltham Chase saw 150 people come to the Methodist Chapel to hear all six candidates. However, when English Democrat candidate –…

Full list of Election Candidates released

A full list of candidates standing in the General Election on May 6th for the constituency of Eastleigh has been published today. The list now includes an independent candidate, a replacement candidate for withdrawn English Democrat candidate Malcolm Moore and a candidate from the ‘National Liberal Party’ who are expressly standing in an attempt to…

Signbusters!

The Highways Department of Hampshire County Council has ordered Chris Huhne’s office to move some of their campaign posters following a complaint from a member of the public. Up to ten of the 3 ft Square fluorescent orange billboards proclaiming ‘Liberal Democrats Winning Here’ had been erected outside Bursledon Market on the busy Bursledon roundabout…

“Labour can’t be trusted” says Willetts

“Labour can’t be trusted on taxes” said David Willets the Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills when asked for a reaction to labour’s pledge in its manifesto not to raise income tax. “They said no to income tax rises in their last manifesto and promptly broke their promise by getting rid of the 10% tax…

‘Vote with Your Hearts’ urges Labour’s Leo

Leo Barraclough the labour Party candidate has reacted to remarks made by Gordon Brown on the Politics.co.uk website suggesting Labour voters should back the Lib Dems in seats where Labour cannot win – a statement which was described as ‘astonishing’ by the towns sitting Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne. Speaking to Eastleigh News at the…

Brown: Vote Lib Dem to keep Tories out

In an interview with online political magazine ‘Politcs.co.uk’ Labour Leader Gordon Brown has suggested that in seats where the Labour candidate has no hope of winning, then Labour Party supporters should vote for the Liberal Democrat candidate to prevent Conservatives from gaining a seat: “I want everybody to vote Labour and I want people to…

General Election to be called on Tuesday

It is widely expected that Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be visiting the Queen on Tuesday to ask for the dissolution of Parliament in order to call a General Election on May 6th. However for the Candidates contesting the Eastleigh constituency this will be just a formality. The Bank Holiday Weekend has seen all parties…

Equitable Life Update

Local investors in will be ‘quid’s in’ if the conservatives win power according to a report in the Daily Mail. Recently we reported how failed pension provider Equitable Life had ‘promised the moon’ for £250 a month and how this had turned into ‘pie in the sky’. Local members of the Equitable Members Action Group…

‘Wannabe’ MPs to get BBC TV grilling

Eastleigh’s main candidates in the forthcoming General Election will get a chance to go head to head while being grilled by top BBC political pundit Peter Henley on the ‘Politics Show’. Sitting MP, Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne will do battle with rival Tory Maria Hutchings and Labour PPC Leo Barraclough. Just 500 votes separated the…