Category: Lib Dem

Further Lib Dem resignation at Hedge End Town Council

There are now two vacant seats on Hedge End Town Council after Councillor Louise Bloom, the former partner of Council Leader Keith House, resigned her Grange Park West seat last night citing personal reasons. Although the Eastleigh Borough Council Cabinet member for the environment has surrendered her place on the town council , she will…

Ex Mayor: ‘Leader thinks he is God Almighty’

A former mayor of Eastleigh has compared the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council to “God Almighty’ saying “power has gone to head” after a small but determined group of Ukip activists staged a protest demo outside the civic offices yesterday (Tuesday 9 Dec). The protestors called on EBC Leader Cllr Keith House to break his…

Hedge End councillor resigns

Jenny Hughes the Hedge End Liberal Democrat Councillor has resigned both her borough and town council seat. Cllr Hughes co-represented Wildern ward (along with Council Leader Keith House) and Shamblehurst ward on Hedge End Town Council. Last April Cllr Peter Hughes – Jenny Hughes’s partner and Lib Dem- stood down for unspecified reasons having first…

Latest Poll: Lib Dems will hold Eastleigh

A new opinion poll showing Eastleigh’s voter intentions in 2015 General Election suggests that the Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton will comfortably hold onto his seat. The poll sponsored by Lord Ashcroft looked at 17 constituencies that were Conservative/ Lib Dem marginal seats in 2010 – although in the 2013 Eastleigh by-election it was Ukip’s…

MP apologises for Ukip leaflet claim

Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton took to twitter today to issue an apology to Eastleigh News and Eastleigh’s Ukip Branch. When being interviewed by Eastleigh News for a story on a ‘war of words’ between Eastleigh Liberal Democrats and their Ukip rivals, Thornton alleged that Ukip had distributed a leaflet in Hedge End during the…

Thornton praises Pupil Premium

Liberal Democrat candidate for Eastleigh, Mike Thornton today joined campaigners to praise the Pupil Premium, a cash investment in schools to give Eastleigh pupils a fair start in life. The Liberal Democrat policy has already: Put an extra £1.7m into Eastleigh’s local schools, which targets money at the most disadvantaged children, raising standards for      everyone  Allocated…

By-election called for February 28

  The Liberal Democrats have announced that Eastleigh will go to the polls to select their next MP on February 28 – just over three weeks time. The Lib Dems could have taken up to three months but party bosses have decided to go for a short sharp campaign – possibly one of the shortest…

Sad Keith defends Huhne record

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem leader Keith House has told Eastleigh News he is ‘very sad’ over Chris Huhne’s resignation and has paid tribute to  Huhne’s record as a constituency  MP saying he had a ‘terrific reputation as a really hard-working member of parliament” Cllr House had spent hours in the town centre today conducting back-to-back interviews…

Huhne charges “will be dropped” tweets Judge

  Fresh speculation over Chris Huhne’s forthcoming trial on charges of perverting the course the justice over a speeding offence have emerged after the Daily Mail published a tweet from  Lib Dem party insider Judge Laurence Brassee. According to the Mail the asylum Judge reported that the Eastleigh MP had bragged to him that charges…

Upset for Local Plan in Botley and Stoneham

  Doubts over Eastleigh Borough Council’s ability to deliver part of their Local Plan have emerged today after County Council Leader Ken Thornber confirmed that HCC would not be releasing land they own at Woodhouse Lane for a new 1,000 home development and that it would not support the construction of any more than 300…

Fireworks at Parish Council meeting

There were fireworks at Monday night’s meeting of the Chandler’s Ford Parish Council (November 5) after Councillor David Pragnell refused to apologise to the council auditor. At a previous meeting of the Parish Council Cllr Pragnell had been referred to the Standards Monitoring Officer over an article he had published in a newsletter entitled: “Auditor…

Olson “disappointed” on Rec debate move

Councillors arriving for last nights Full Council meeting were being tight lipped when asked for their thoughts on a Conservative motion to protect the Town’s Leigh Road Recreation from any future development. Local residents had concerns after Area Committee members had indicated support for a  plan from Sainsbury’s to build on the rec and the Borough planning department  had recommended  it should be…

Lib Dem’s stay-away Councillors

Liberal Democrat Councillors have failed to show up for Chandler’s Ford Parish Council Meeting for the second time this year. Out of 18 Parish Councillors, nine of the eleven ruling Conservatives turned up but all seven members of the opposition –  six members of the Lib Dem group and the single Labour member – stayed…

Lib Dem steamroller wins back seats

Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrats tightened their vice like grip on the Town last night by regaining the two seats  they had lost to defectors who had turned Independent. In a night, which consisted largely of a series of anti-climaxes, ward after ward tumbled to the Lib Dem party machine leaving them in control of 40…

Eastleigh goes to the Polls

Eastleigh goes to polls today. Polling stations opened their doors at 7 am on a dismal day. With only 15 of the 44 seats being contested and with a 34 seat majority in the Council Chamber Liberal Democrats are unlikely to lose their vice like grip on Eastleigh while the main Conservative opposition group have…