Category: Politics

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…

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…