Category: Lib Dem

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…

Parking Permit Bombshell

Eastleigh Borough Council have announced they propose to charge £ 30 for residents parking permits. Currently the first vehicle is free of charge with a second permit costing £50 and a third £100 (plus a £25 inspection fee) however all new applications for a first permit will cost £30 in future. There are no plans…

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…

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 –…

Ex National Front men ‘target’ Chris Huhne

A political party which claims to be heirs to the Liberal party tradition but is run by former top members of the National Front, has been campaigning in Eastleigh urging Liberal Democrat voters to ‘Punish Chris Huhne’ for his ‘betrayal over Europe.’ Three members on the National Executive of the Essex based National Liberal Party…

Parking Permit ‘bombshell’ Exploded

Eastleigh Labour Party have been criticised by the Liberal Democrats for distributing a flyer with the ‘Bombshell’ claim that the Lib Dem controlled council has ‘secret plans’ to introduce a charge for the issue of resident’s first parking permits. Currently the first permit is free with a £50 charge for the second permit and a…

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 –…

On the Stump with Chris & Co

When I met up with Chris Huhne’s team on Saturday morning the full effect of what ITN had described as a ‘political earthquake’ had not yet fully sunk into public consciousness. The previous day, following the televised debate, while Chris Huhne was making his way back from Manchester, a clearly shell shocked Gordon Brown –…

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…