Category: Politics

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…

Gove: Miliband attack was ‘shocking and personal’

Gove on Milliband from Eastleigh News on Vimeo. Conservative Chief Whip Michael Gove has hit back at Ed Miliband’s criticism of Tory policy in Libya. While campaigning in Eastleigh yesterday Gove told Eastleigh News that the Labour leader had tried ‘pin the blame’ for recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean on David Cameron “in a…

Foreign Secretary hits local campaign trail in Hedge End

Hedge End voters were surprised to see the Foreign Secretary Phil Hammond out and about canvassing in the town. The Conservative front bencher was campaigning in support of Jerry Hall who is the Conservaitve Candidate for St John’s Ward in the Borough Election and he was accompanied by Mims Davies who is hoping to become…

Ukip candidate under pressure following Twitter gaffe

Eastleigh’s Ukip election candidate has found herself in the media spotlight after a Twitter gaffe provoked a storm of protest on the social media network. Patricia Culligan has apologised for the offending tweet – since deleted – that erroneously suggested Liverpool Lib Dem candidate Paul Childs had ‘deliberately ‘ infected himself with HIV – which…

Youngsters tear down Ukip signs

Ukip PPC Patricia Culligan holds up vandalised sign

A Ukip stakeboard belonging to County Councillor Andy Moore has been vandalised by passing youngsters as other local Ukip activists report similar attacks on their placards. Last Thursday afternoon two groups of juveniles passing the Tennyson Road property successively uprooted one of th ecoucnillor s two election signs out of his garden hedge and then…

Minister learns about town’s traffic woes

. The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited Eastleigh this week to learn more about some the town’s traffic problems first hand – although the visit attracted the attention of placard carrying Ukip activists. McLouglin spoke to the Conservative candidate for Eastleigh Mims Davies, local Conservative councillors and members of the public about transport and traffic…

Greens call for more affordable housing in South East

Green MEP Keith Taylor was joined by the Green Party candidate for Eastleigh Ron Meldrum yesterday in Winchester for the launch of his new report into the house building shortage entitled: “Everyone knows we have a housing crisis: lets do something about it.” The report highlights a lack of local authority house building and argues…

Paul backs Patricia for Eastleigh

Ukip’s second in command Paul Nuttall has visited Eastleigh for a meeting with local activists and voters at the town’s Railway Institute. The Ukip Deputy Leader told a packed hall that it would be much better for the UK if we could have a free trade agreement with the EU instead of a political union…

Local couple inspire Chancellor to fund defibrillators

Chancellor George Osborne has revealed how a campaigning Eastleigh couple inspired him to set aside money to help fund a network of life saving heart defibrillators across the country When George Osborne visited Botley Mill in December, Conservative candidate Mims Davies introduced him to Graham and Anne Hunter. The Hunters told him how they had…

It’s a three horse race…

Mike Thornton – the current Liberal Democrat MP – will see if he can hold off a challenge from the Conservative candidate Mims Davies and Labour’s Mark Latham in the annual B&Q Eastleigh 10k Road Race.

Local MPs react to Budget

Houses of Parliament ©RD Films

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…