Category: Politics

‘The apathy party always wins’

Conservative candidate tells Eastleigh News that Lib Dem success is down to voter apathy residents could pay the price for council borrowing. A Conservative candidate in next weeks local elections says Lib Dem success in the Borough is down to a lack of interest on the part of voters. Councillor Steve Broomfield is defending the Fair…

Local Election 2019 Preview

What are local council elections? This week on May 2, the Borough goes to the polls to elect a councillor in thirteen of the borough’s wards. Eastleigh News explains the ins and outs of local elections and focuses on specific issues that face the borough. We spoke to ADD a campaign group that are opposed to…

Friday deadline for voter registration

Councillors up for re-election after one yearOn Thursday 2 May Eastleigh Borough Council elections will take place in all areas, except Botley. This Friday is the last day for voters to register if they want vote in person. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5 pm Wednesday 24 April. Last year there was…

Mims: I backed May to stop Corbyn

Eastleigh MP  Mims Davies says she voted to support the government in tonights parliamentary vote of no confidence in order to stop Jeremy Corbyn forming a Labour government with the help of the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.

Following a defeat of their Brexit withdrawal agreement the government won the vote of no confidence by 19 votes.

New ‘Spitfire Party’ flies to rescue of Brexit

Eastleigh’s own maverick politician, Ray Hall, is hoping to build on the success of his Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party which finished sixth out of the fourteen candidates in the 2013 Eastleigh by-election with the launch of a new political party. The Spitfire Party plans to contest seats locally and more widely across the UK.…

MP backs Theresa May’s draft Brexit proposal

Mims Davies MP

Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies has spoken out in support of Prime Minister Theresa May and the draft agreement on leaving EU that is currently dividing opinion across the country and has prompted calls for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the PM from some quarters of the Conservative party. Appearing on BBC’s Sunday Politics show,…

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…

Independents ‘disappointed’ by Lib Dem ‘name calling’

The newly-elected Leader of Eastleigh’s Independent Group, Councillor Louise Parker-Jones, has said she is ‘disappointed’ by the Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable who branded her supporters as ‘nimbys’. Dr Cable made the comments following last week’s local elections when Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats were returned to power with an increased majority but lost all three seats…

Vince Cable: ‘I’m certain Bishopstoke will come back’

The Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has praised Eastleigh’s victorious Lib Dems for the ‘brave’ way they have stood up to ‘nimbys’ at a rally in Central Eastleigh. Despite an emphatic victory in Thursday local election, Independents in Bishopstoke unseated three sitting Lib Dems and the party has wasted no time in wheeling out a…

All seats up for grabs in Eastleigh Election

Voters in every ward in Eastleigh Borough are headed to polls today to choose a new council in a rare ‘all out’ vote that could see a fundamental change in the balance of power in a town that has been Liberal Democrat since 1994. Boundary changes, an active anti-development lobby and recent defections have combined…

Javid letter sparks local plan war of words

The news that the Housing Minister Sajid Javid has written to Eastleigh Borough Council to warn them they were now expected to publish their draft local plan by September sparked a war of words between Eastleigh’s Conservative Mp and its Liberal Democrat Council Leader Keith House. Following the publication of the letter, the MP for…

MP promotes democracy for abuse victims

Domestic abuse victims across the Eastleigh constituency have been supported by their MP Mims Davies during discussions with the Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission Claire Bassett and Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith, over plans to make it easier for people to register to vote without compromising their safety. In a statement Mims Davies said:…

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,…