Category: Local Politics

Top Tory in Town visit

Top Tory front bencher Theresa May, the Shadow Secretary of State for work and pensions was in Eastleigh today. The former Conservative party chairwoman and shadow minister for women – who had been instrumental in the drive to recruit more female candidates – was in Town at the invitation of Conservative PPC Maria Hutchings. Having…

Walkout Washout

Despite thousands of civil servants obeying the twoday strike call by the PCS union, it was ‘business as usual’ at Eastleigh’s Jobcentre plus on Southampton Road. The only sign of industrial action were notices that had been posted apologising to claimants for any delay due to ‘exceptional circumstances’. One member of staff claimed that only…

UKIP fire first shot

Eastleigh’s UKIP candidate Ray Finch has fired the first shot in the Eastleigh General Election campaign. In the wake of the ‘Ashcroft’ furore and in response to an Eastleigh News story the minority party representative has launched a stinging on  attack on his main party rivals.  In an email reproduced below, he accuses the Conservative…

SP Man slams Rose Bowl Hotel plan

‘Madness’. That is how Socialist Party organiser Nick Chaffey has described Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to fund the building of a £32 million Hotel at the Rose Bowl complex. Speaking  at the Inaugural meeting of the Eastleigh Branch of the Socialist Party, the former MEP Candidate told supporters gathered at the Home Tavern: ‘We are…

Conservatives welcome former Lib Dems

Hampshire North West and Conservative frontbench MP Sir George Young has officially welcomed the Councillor for West End South Joyce Sortwell and her husband, West End Parish Councillor Graham Sortwell,both former Liberal Democrats, to the Conservative Group on Eastleigh Borough Council. Also with Sir George was Councillor Godfrey Olson (Conservative Group Leader) and Conservative PPC for Eastleigh Maria Hutchings…

Torys gain extra seat

Eastleigh’s Conservatives have gained an extra seat as Joyce Sortwell, Independent Councillor for West End South has ‘walked the floor’ to join the minority four man group. Councillor Sortwell was orginally elected to West End South in 2006 as a Liberal Democrat and was also Chairwoman of the Borough Standards Committee but lost the support…