Category: General Election 2015

Rail users face 3 day strike in guards row

UPDATE: 21/06/18 Planned industrial action on SWR train services from June 21 – 23 has been called off following talks between RMT union and SWR mediated by ACAS. Trains will be running as normal on these dates. Rail users in Eastleigh will face disruption to their journeys later this month as rail union RMT confirmed…

Mims: ‘Let’s be bloody difficult’

Eastleigh MP Mims Davies has marked International Women’s Day by calling for ‘the empowerment of local women’ saying “the time is now.Let’s be bloody difficult”. Davies, who is Eastleigh’s first female MP and has served on both the Women and Equalities Select Committee and has chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament,…

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),…

Local MPs ‘delighted’ with budget

Eastleigh’s MP’s say they are “delighted” with Chancellor George Osborne’s latest budget which details support for major projects in the area. The Borough’s two Conservative MPs, Mims Davies, the MP for Eastleigh and Steve Brine the MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford spoke to Eastleigh News on College Green,  outside the Houses of Parliament  straight…

Cake Bake raises funds

All manner of mouthwatering homemade cakes were on display in Botley Market Hall as part of a national ‘Cake Bake event’ in aid of the charity Cardiac Risk in The Young (CRY). The event was organised by local couple Graham and Anne Hunter in memory of their daughter Claire Reed who died suddenly two years ago…

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…

Conservatives win Eastleigh

  Mims Davies, the Conservative candidate, has become Eastleigh’s first female MP in a spectacular turn of fortune for the Tories who have converted a highly marginal seat into a safe one with a 9,000 vote majority while defeating the Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton and breaking a 21 year reign in Eastleigh for the Lib…

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…

Former local Ukip candidate ‘comes home’ to the Tories

A former Conservative council candidate who defected to Ukip last year and then stood for the Eurosceptic’s in the Borough elections has flip-flopped again and rejoined the party he previously described as “out of touch” and “too far to the left.” Michael Read had been a life long member of the Conservative party and has previously…

Election rivals back Dutton Lane residents

Labour and Conservative candidates have put aside their campaign rivalry and given cross party backing to a petition for new traffic lights at a dangerous road junction. Both the Eastleigh Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Mims Davies and Labour Candidate Mark Latham, along with Local Labour party Borough Candidate Eileen Marks and Conservative Central ward candidate Michael…

Tory top brass keep up pressure

The conservative campaign in Eastleigh is still drawing in the big guns. Former party leader William Hague has been canvassing in Hedge End followed the day after by the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. In an interview at the Hedge End Conservative Club, William Hague told me these high profile visits were a measure of the importance…

Beer and Baccy seek tax boost for pubs and OAPs

Ray Hall the Beer, Baccy and Scratchings party candidate brought his Election campaign to the Town Centre last week. Hall accompanied by his campaign manager – local blogger and citizen journalist Ray Turner – have been leafteing around the clock to get the fledgling party’s manifesto through as many doors as possible. Recently Ray Hall…

Clegg: ‘We need 60 Eastleighs!’

“We need 60 Eastleigh’s” Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg declared yesterday while at a party rally at West End’s Ageas Bowl. The Liberal Democrats are currently trailing Labour, The Conservatives and Ukip in the polls but Clegg recalled how two years ago, the Liberal Democrat’s secured a hard fought by-election that the party had not…

Greens launch local ‘Mini-Manifesto’

Eastleigh Green Party has launched thier own ‘mini-manifesto’ which they say should give local voters an idea of the kind of things their Parliamentary candidate Ron Meldrum and their prospective borough candidates will be pushing for if they are elected on May 7. The Greens say they will try to combat local traffic congestion through reduced…