Category: UKIP

Tory Candidate defects to Ukip

Michael Read, the former Conservative candidate for Eastleigh Central ward who resigned from the Tory party at the weekend has now joined Ukip. The retired Chandler’s Ford schoolteacher was welcomed by the Chairman of Ukip’s Winchester branch John Edwards. Michael Read said he was ‘relieved’ to be joining Ukip: “I haven’t changed my views at…

Police probe Ukip cabbie’s Santa sign:Updated

A local businessman who had  been questioned by the police after he erected a large illuminated sign asking: “Dear Father Christmas all we really need is our country back!” will not be facing any further action Hampshire Police have said. Timothy ‘Dusty’ Miller (64) who runs Hedge End based Millers Taxis has erected the sign…

Polls close in County Election

Polling has closed in today’s county elections, held throughout England and Wales. Twenty-seven county councils and seven unitary authorities have gone to the polls and in Eastleigh district all seven divisions are being contested – the winners will represent Eastleigh on Hampshire County council until 2017. At the moment conservatives’ hold 51 of Hampshire County…

Local English Democrat Chairman defects to Ukip

  Eastleigh’s Ukip branch has welcomed another high profile defector from a rival party. John Edwards – the Chairman of Hampshire English Democrats – has resigned his position and signed up to the Euro-sceptics. Waiting to greet him at Ukip’s Market Street HQ were two of Eastleigh’s former Lib Dem councillors, Glynn Davies-Dear and Andy…

Hutchings swings her hustings handbag

    Conservative candidate Maria Hutching’s came out of her corner fighting on Sunday to confront Lib Dem front runner Mike Thornton over claims that he is campaigning to protect local countryside from development. Polls are suggesting the election is a two horse race between Thornton and Hutchings and the two rivals were joined by…

Former Eastleigh Mayor joins Ukip

A former Lib Dem Mayor of Eastleigh Glynn Davies-Dear has signed up to Ukip along with with a fellow ex Liberal Democrat and former councillor Andy Moore. The two men both resigned from the Liberal Democrats in 2011 after news of MP Chris Huhne’s adultery broke. At the time Mr Davies-Dear had said Chris Huhne’s…

UKIP launch Eastleigh campaign

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UKIP launched their by-election campaign in Eastleigh this morning, having officially announced Diane James as their candidate yesterday. The press conference was filmed in the old Julian Graves Store in Market Street, which has been transformed into the UKIP campaign HQ for the duration of the next couple of weeks. At that conference, UKIP party leader…

Ukip hope ex Tory has Thatcher appeal

  Ukip  have announced that a Surrey Councillor, Diane James has been selected as the party’s candidate in the Eastleigh by-election. James sits on Ewhurst Borough Council as an Independent and her performance at the Eastleigh Ukip branch hustings secured 80% of the members approval a decision which was endorsed by the party’s NEC earlier…

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…

Farage will not stand in Eastleigh

  Ukip’s Leader Nigel Farage has announced he will not contest the Eastleigh Buy-election ending months of speculation that he might re-contest the seat he first fought for in 1994 with the following press release: I stood in Eastleigh back in 1994, famously beating Screaming Lord Sutch by 169 votes. It was UKIP’s first electoral…

Eastleigh Ukip : We won’t stand aside for Maria

  Eastleigh Ukip members have angrily rejected a suggestion from Conservative big wigs that the two parties should form an electoral pact in the next general election Conservative  vice-chairman Michael Fabricant, has proposed the Euro sceptic  party should  stand aside in 2015 in return for an ‘in-out’ referendum on EU membership arguing that the  deal…

Police Commissioner candidate launches campaign in Eastleigh

Canvassing for Hampshire’s new Police and Crime commissioner kicked off in Eastleigh on Saturday when UKIP candidate Stephen West launched his campaign in the town centre. On 15 November for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales will elect police and crime commissioners who will set budgets and decide how crime should be…

Farage challenges Cameron to EU referendum debate

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has used a meeting in Eastleigh to announce that he will be going to Downing Street to challenge the Prime Minister to a public debate over the issue of an EU referendum. Farage had received the phone from Downing St confirming the appointment while on a pre – meeting walkabout of…

Ukip vote shows biggest rise

While Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats celebrate the elimination of the opposition Independent group by recapturing both their undefended seats, Eastleigh Ukip members are also celebrating progress of their own as their share of the vote increased for the third year running. In 2010 they polled 4%, in 2011 8% and this year a total of 2876…

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…