Category: Politics

Green party MEP backs Farage call for 2nd referendum

    The Green Party’s Keith Taylor has backed his fellow South East MEP Nigel Farage after the former Ukip leader suggested he could support a second ‘ratification’ referendum on EU membership. Speaking on C5 ‘Wright Stuff’ show this morning  ‘Brexit Bad Boy’ Farage said a fresh vote could; “Kill (the Remain campaign) off for…

Government warns council over Local Plan

The Government has warned Eastleigh Borough Council that it might step in and take over responsibility for its housing plans if it fails to make progress in producing a Local Plan. If this happened the council may have a Local Plan imposed on it. In a letter to the council Sajid Javid, the Secretary of…

Lib Dems continue to split over Local Plan

Another councillor has resigned from Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrat group over the direction of the Local Plan and has joined rebel councillors Steve Sollitt and Sarah Bain who who have been sitting as the Independent Liberal Democratic Group since resigning themselves in August. Cllr Mark Balaam who was elected in 2015 for Eastleigh Central said…

Strike action disrupts train services

Rail commuters in Eastleigh face 48 hours of disruption starting today as Conductors on South Western Railway (SWR) take industrial action –  a move the town’s MP has described as “political.” The striking conductors joins members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union from five of the UK’s rail operators in the dispute over…

Mims Davies re-elected as Eastleigh MP

The Conservative candidate Mims Davies has been re-elected as the MP for Eastleigh in Thursday’s General Election. While the Conservatives have lost seats and seen majorities reduced across the country Davies has increased her share of the vote in Eastleigh constituency – indeed both Labour and the Conservatives were the beneficiaries of a collapse in…

‘I’d chain myself to the railings’

Lib Dem hopeful Mike Thornton has told Eastleigh News he would “chain myself to the railings” to prevent development on Stokepark Woods in Bishopstoke. The location of future housing in the emerging local plan has become an election issue with the Conservative candidate Mims Davies backing protestors who are opposed to options B and C…

Ukip PPC: ‘Eastleigh deserves better’

Eastleigh Ukip candidate Malcolm Jones has told Eastleigh News that “Eastleigh deserves better”; that the Town’s Infrastructure problems are so bad that only a ‘local man’ can solve them and that he doesn’t believe polls which show support for Ukip has slumped to around 4%. The candidate whose campaign placards feature the strap line “I…

‘Labour offers a real change’

Eastleigh voters who want progressive policies should consider voting Labour not Liberal Democrat says the town’s Labour candidate as new poll shows Labour could push the Lib Dems into third place. Jill Payne, is bidding to become Eastleigh’s first Labour MP, says there is little difference between the parliamentary voting record of the town’s previous…

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),…

General Election scuppers MP’s Bill

Mims Davies Pic:Eastleigh News

A Bill, successfully proposed by Eastleigh MP Mims Davies to introduce background checks on parish council candidates and end horizontal multi-hatting in local government has been effectively scuppered by the forthcoming General Election. Mrs. Davies delivered her Ten Minute Rule Bill on Parish Council Governance (Principles of Public Life) yesterday, hours after the Prime Minister…

Local jobs set to grow..

  Eastleigh’s Council Leader Keith House says the council is “working hard to create jobs” after today’s unemployment figures showed a small rise in the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in the borough. While the UK is experiencing record low levels of joblessness this downward trend contrasts with Eastleigh where although the JSA claimant…

Councillor resigns from Eastleigh Council

Keith Trenchard, one of the three Liberal Democrat councillor’s who serves Eastleigh’s Central Ward has handed in his resignation today triggering a by-election which is likely to be held in May. Until recently Trenchard had been a managing director at local transport company Airlynx Express but he decided to leave to start up his company…

Eastleigh folk seek Trump ban

Donald Trump official portrait

Over 1,500 people in Eastleigh have signed a national petition calling on the government to withdraw Donald Trump’s invitation of a state visit to the UK. Executive orders signed by the new American President bans nationals from Muslim majority countries that are linked to Islamic terrorism from travelling to the USA. The move has unleashed…

Eastleigh Elvis candidate hangs up jumpsuit

  One of the more colourful candidates in Eastleigh’s 2013 by-election has announced he will no longer contest elections  the Nottingham Post has reported. Following the resignation of disgraced MP Chris Huhne, David Bishop stood in the landmark by-election for the Elvis Loves Pets party on a platform that promised “free neutering for Cats and…