Category: Eastleigh by-election

Milliband attacks cost of living in Eastleigh

Opposition Leader Ed Milliband has described the main issue in the Eastleigh by-election as high living costs while in town on Saturday to support the Labour candidate John’O’Farrell and to announce that the Labour Party would be calling for a commons vote on their proposed Mansion Tax before the by-election on February 28. The new…

Ex Lib Dem stands for English Democrats

    A former Liberal Democrat constituency party chairman and election agent has been selected as the English Democrat candidate for the Eastleigh by-election. Michael Walters is the English Democrats current Kent County chairman, and previously contested Dover for the ED in the 2010 General Election. Michael claims he left the Lib Dems in 2002 after being ordered…

Loonies: Rename Airport after Benny Hill

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Howling Laud Hope – the Monster Raving Looney william Hill party candidate was in town today distributing leaflets and campaigning to rename Southampton International Airport after Benny Hill. Matthew Myatt investigates…  

O’Farrell warns: “Don’t get fooled again”

Eastleigh Labour candidate John O’Farrell has warned Labour swing voters who helped Chris Huhne increase his majority in 2010 “Don’t get fooled again” The scriptwriter and novelist had popped into Artisans Coffee house to have a chat with Eastleigh News about his campaign and seemed buoyed up by the sight of the bookies odds in…

The “Beer, Baccy & Crumpet” party candidate…

Already making a name for himself, 73 year old Ray Hall, the “Beer, Baccy & Crumpet” (or BB&C) party candidate for the Eastleigh by-election, was in Hedge End village centre today, to talk to the media that had gathered to meet the Foreign Secretary, William Hague… A disaffected Conservative, who revealed himself to be the father of local Conservative,…

Foreign Secretary visits Hedge End

With the Eastleigh by-election in full-swing and Parliament on its usual Friday wind-down, there were more Secretaries of State in Hedge End than Eastleigh News could shake a stick at today. Whilst the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable were elsewhere in Hedge…

Wessex Regionalists bring campaign to town

Colin Bex the leader of fringe party Wessex Regionalists – one of fourteen parties standing in the by-election- was in town to drum up support yesterday. The party believe that the ancient kingdom of Wessex – of which Hampshire was once part- should be given the right to govern itself. http://wessexregionalists.blogspot.co.uk/

Dave tells Maria “You can do it”

    The Prime Minister paid a flying visit to Eastleigh yesterday when he dropped into the B&Q headquarters in support of Maria Hutchings by-election campaign. It had been known that the PM was planning a visit to the constituency but the exact destination was kept a secret until the last minute. The retail giant…

Old labels die hard…

Old labels have returned to haunt the Conservative party’s campaign in Eastleigh, with one mainstream reporter asking, via his blog, if we are witnessing the return of “The Nasty Party”…? First coined by Theresa May, currently the Home Secretary, but at the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth in 2002, when the Conservatives were in opposition and desperately trying to recover, the term…

Fourteen Candidates to stand in Eastleigh By-Election

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It has been announced that there will be fourteen candidates to choose from in the Eastleigh by-election on February 28 after the deadline for applications passed at 4pm Candidates have to deposit £500 with the returning officer. This is returned to them if they gain 5% of the votes cast. The purpose of the deposit,…

“Healthcare cuts hurt homecare”, says MacLennan

The quality of elderly homecare services to get worse under coalition cuts, says the National Health Action party’s candidate for Eastleigh. Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report on home care services published today, Dr Iain Maclennan said: “This report found evidence that a quarter of homecare services are not meeting quality and safety standards. This…

Chancellor slams local development plans

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne as added his voice to the row over the Council’s housing plans for Eastleigh by saying that they are in the ‘wrong areas’. The Chancellor was speaking as he accompanied Conservative party Candidate Maria Hutchings around the Prysmian factory in Bishopstoke. By-election Lib Dem rival Mike…

Thornton praises Pupil Premium

Liberal Democrat candidate for Eastleigh, Mike Thornton today joined campaigners to praise the Pupil Premium, a cash investment in schools to give Eastleigh pupils a fair start in life. The Liberal Democrat policy has already: Put an extra £1.7m into Eastleigh’s local schools, which targets money at the most disadvantaged children, raising standards for      everyone  Allocated…

Naked Rambler arrives back in Eastleigh

Eastleigh’s most famous living resident  Stephen Gough – aka The Naked Rambler – was finally back home with his Mum today after completing his naked walk back from Scotland following his release from prison  last July. Stephen Gough had spent a total of six years locked up in Scottish prisons for choosing not to wear…

UKIP launch Eastleigh campaign

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UKIP launched their by-election campaign in Eastleigh this morning, having officially announced Diane James as their candidate yesterday. The press conference was filmed in the old Julian Graves Store in Market Street, which has been transformed into the UKIP campaign HQ for the duration of the next couple of weeks. At that conference, UKIP party leader…