Category: Lib Dem

Eastleigh leader’s ‘strong and stable” 25 years

Council’s AGM marks 25 years of a Lib Dem council led by Keith HouseA Councillor has praised Council Leader Keith House describing his leadership of the council over the past 25 years as ‘strong and stable’ – a phrase normally associated with Theresa May. The Liberal Democrat Leader first took control of Eastleigh Borough Council…

Rapist Ex-Councillor gets 17 years

Mark McCormick

A former chair of Bursledon Parish Council, who opposed the introduction of child safe-guarding measures at the village community centre, has been sentenced to a total of 17 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to historic charges of rape and multiple charges involving indecent assaults on children. Appearing at Southampton Crown Court, Mark McCormick,…

Mayor and Deputy quit Lib Dems over Local Plan

Eastleigh’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor have both quit the council’s ruling Liberal Democrat Group over Local Plan concerns. The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Sollitt and her deputy Cllr Chris Thomas have joined three other rebel councillors who form the  Independent Liberal Democratic group led by Cllr Steve Sollitt – the Mayor’s son. The move means that…

Mims Davies re-elected as Eastleigh MP

The Conservative candidate Mims Davies has been re-elected as the MP for Eastleigh in Thursday’s General Election. While the Conservatives have lost seats and seen majorities reduced across the country Davies has increased her share of the vote in Eastleigh constituency – indeed both Labour and the Conservatives were the beneficiaries of a collapse in…

Mims: ‘I haven’t broken any promises’

Conservative candidate Mims Davies has hit back at her Liberal Democrat election rival saying “I haven’t broken any promises”. Davies is seeking re-election to the seat she won from Mike Thornton in 2015. At the same time the Lib Dem is looking to build on his recent County election win (in Bishopstoke) to revive his…

Report: Eastleigh General Election Hustings 2017

Eastleigh’s Parliamentary hopefuls have taken part in an General Election hustings at Kings Community Church Hedge End where around 120 local people gathered to listen to the wannabe MPs answer selected pre-submitted questions in a two hour session chaired by Nigel Paterson. All five candidates took part and included Eastleigh’s most recent MP Mims Davies Conservative),…

Councillor resigns from Eastleigh Council

Keith Trenchard, one of the three Liberal Democrat councillor’s who serves Eastleigh’s Central Ward has handed in his resignation today triggering a by-election which is likely to be held in May. Until recently Trenchard had been a managing director at local transport company Airlynx Express but he decided to leave to start up his company…

Eastleigh Elvis candidate hangs up jumpsuit

  One of the more colourful candidates in Eastleigh’s 2013 by-election has announced he will no longer contest elections  the Nottingham Post has reported. Following the resignation of disgraced MP Chris Huhne, David Bishop stood in the landmark by-election for the Elvis Loves Pets party on a platform that promised “free neutering for Cats and…

Tories ‘on way up’ as Mims wins in Eastleigh

New MP Mims Davies and Newly elected Councillor Jerry Hall celebrate

Godfrey Olson, the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council’s Conservative Group has declared that the party is ‘on the way up’ after Mims Davies became the constituency’s first female MP in the General Election and the Conservatives took two borough council seats. The result in the General Election was as follows: Eastleigh General Election 2015: Party…

Chancellor’s Chickenhall Lane election pledge

The Conservatives have promised to deliver vital road improvements for Eastleigh if they are re-elected with an outright majority. Chancellor George Osborne has announced funding for a Botley by-pass and a new Chickenhall Lane link road to alleviate congestion and pollution in the town – two key projects that have been under discussion for many…

It’s a three horse race…

Mike Thornton – the current Liberal Democrat MP – will see if he can hold off a challenge from the Conservative candidate Mims Davies and Labour’s Mark Latham in the annual B&Q Eastleigh 10k Road Race.

Local MPs react to Budget

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Local MPs have given a mixed reaction to Chancellor’s George Osborne’s pre-election budget this week. Unsurprisingly, the Conservative MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford Steve Brine said he was ‘pleased’ by the positive news on the economy in the Chancellor’s statement and he highlighted the raising of the income tax threshold as “it will make a…