Category: General Election 2010

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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…

Labour Launch General Election Campaign

Eastleigh’s Labour Party officially launched their election campaign this weekend and a good number of local activists turned out to support candidate Mark Latham. Also helping out was Southampton Itchen MP John Denham, who will be retiring from Parliament on March 30. Labour’s Leigh Road office has had an election facelift with new display sinage…

Conservatives support green power

As campaigning for the General Election begins to intensify it’s clear the Conservatives are absolutely determined to try and wrest Eastleigh back from the Liberal Democrats who first took the seat from them over twenty years ago. Business minister Matthew Hancock is the latest in a string of Conservative ministers to visit the constituency in…

Greens field candidate for MP

Ron Meldrum has been selected to stand as the Green Party candidate for Eastleigh. He has a degree from the University of Essex, runs his own business and is married with three children. Although he currently lives in Southampton, Eastleigh was his home for almost 30 years. He is only the second  Green Parliamentary candidate…

Ukip launch election campaign in town centre

It was smiles all round as Eastleigh Ukip launched their General Election campaign by opening a shop in the town centre. The Ukip candidate Patricia Culligan was on hand to cut the ribbon outside the premises in the Leigh Rd precinct that formerly served as the Co-Op travel agent before falling long term vacant. As…

Candidate Profile: Labour’s Mark Latham

Eastleigh Labour Party have so far it seems, been conducting a quiet “grassroots” campaign focusing on the doorstep in contrast to the resources the National party poured into the town during the 2013 by-election. This time round there has so far been little in the way of high profile visitors and stage-managed photo opportunities in…

Jobs Minister dismisses ‘part-time myth’

Employment Minister Esther McVey has described claims that job growth is being fueled by part-time and temporary work as “scare stories” and “a myth.” The jobs Secretary was in town to record an episode of BBC Question Time and prior to the recording visited G W Martin engineering works accompanied by the Conservative candidate for…

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…

Moorgreen Hospital Stakeholder Group Launched

An energetic meeting took place at Moorgreen Hospital last week between various NHS service providers and campaigners. A third of the hospital site was transferred to the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) in April this year, for housing development, and a local campaign by Eastleigh Southern Parishes Health Action Group got over 2,200 signatures on…

Chancellor in surprise Botley visit

Botley was the surprise setting yesterday for the announcement of a new series of national savings bonds by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne The Chancellor was meeting a group of local pensioners in the newly opened Courtyard Bistro at Botley Mill, one of number start-up enterprises at the historic venue. The new bonds 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…

Conservative candidate hits out at ‘complacent’ Lib Dems

The Eastleigh Conservative candidate for the 2015 general election, Mims Davies, has kicked off her campaign with a swipe at Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrat administration, describing MP Mike Thornton as “no great shakes” and Council Leader Keith House as “incredibly complacent” accusing them of  “taking voters for granted.” In an interview Davies told Eastleigh News she…

Ukip Candidate: The Future is Purple

We were once told ‘the future is orange’ but Ukip’s new candidate for Eastleigh, Patricia Culligan, predicts it will be purple in 2015. Last week the businesswoman and mum of three was selected by Eastleigh Ukip members to go one better than Diane James in the 2013 by-election when Ukip came a close second. At…