Category: Local Politics

Shock Result in Eastleigh:Updated

In the local elections Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrats and their Conservative opposition have managed to hold on to all their seats after anticipated gains by an invigorated Ukip failed to materialise. Only 15 of the 45 seats were contested this year, so there was no prospect of a change of overall control of the Borough…

“Local people not politics” says Dan

  Dan Brain, Conservative candidate for Eastleigh South is using his election campaign to highlight his view that modern local politics is in danger of losing sight of its true purpose in representing local people. Dan explains: “Over the last few years reading the political literature landing on my mat it was clear that much…

Peace Party calls for “fully integrated Europe”

The Guildford based Peace Party (UK) has launched its European Election Manifesto calling for a “a fully integrated Europe without borders”. The Union is the best chance we have of creating jobs, sharing the resources of our corner of the world, regulating free-market capitalism, encouraging co-operative ownership, having the best, publically-owned health care and creating…

Letwin: Lib Dems are blocking change on Europe

Following their visit to the Lowford Centre yesterday, The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP and Conservative MEP candidate Richard Robinson spoke exclusively to Eastleigh News. I started by asked about a campaign leaflet, currently dropping through local letterboxes, which outlines the Conservatives plans for Europe. The leaflet also states that we need a Conservative Prime…

Letwin visits Lowford Centre

With campaigning for EU elections and local Council elections now well under way, Eastleigh’s Conservatives were pleased to welcome the Minister for Government Policy today, the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, to the new Lowford Centre in Bursledon. Also present at the reception, was one of the Conservative MEP candidates for the South East Region,…

Ukip policies “anti working class” says Labour MEP candidate

  Ukip policies “are directly against working class people” according to South East Labour MEP candidate Anneliese Dodds. Dodds, who was speaking at a European Elections husting’s organised by Eastleigh Southern Parishes Older Peoples Forum explained: “They (Ukip) say working class people should pay the same rate of tax as the richest millionaires they say…

It’s House vs House

The Lib Dem leader of Eastleigh Council is facing an electoral challenge from a Ukip candidate with the same surname it has emerged with the declaration of candidates for the local borough and parish elections.

Lib Dems hold Wildern in by-election

The Liberal Democrats have comfortably held on to Wildern ward in the Hedge End Town Council by-election on Thursday. Emma Norman polled 254 votes securing 45% of the vote. Conservative Jerry Hall came second with 101 votes and Ukip’s Michale O’Donaghue a close third with 99 votes. Just one vote separated the last two places;…

Tory Candidate defects to Ukip

Michael Read, the former Conservative candidate for Eastleigh Central ward who resigned from the Tory party at the weekend has now joined Ukip. The retired Chandler’s Ford schoolteacher was welcomed by the Chairman of Ukip’s Winchester branch John Edwards. Michael Read said he was ‘relieved’ to be joining Ukip: “I haven’t changed my views at…

By-election in Hedge End

Following the death of one of Hedge End’s Town Councillor’s in December and the publication of a co-option notice on the Hedge End Town Council website, an election notice has now been issued to fill the vacancy. Provided sufficient candidates come forward, the Hedge End Wildern by-election will be held on Thursday 13th February, with the Polling…

Christmas truce in Hedge End

With Christmas on our doorstep, Eastleigh News has learned of a heart-warming story that shows the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Hedge End. In a move that is reminiscent of the Christmas truce of 1914, where soldiers on the Western front buried the hatchet and staged an impromptu international football match, we hear…

Multi-hatting Mike is rebuked in the Commons…

Mike Thornton

In a bizarre exchange in the House of Commons earlier this week, Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton was put in his place by the Speaker of the House of Commons. In a routine Parliamentary session on 5th November, “Treasury Questions”, MP’s were able to put questions to Treasury Ministers and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. As…

House wriggles off the subsidised parking hook…

Parking arrangements for Council staff relocating to the new Council Offices in the  Town Centre were a hot topic of discussion at a special meeting of Eastleigh Borough Council this evening [31st October] The debate was sparked by a question from Cllr Grajewski, who referred to a letter from the Leader of the Council to…

House explains situation with Ageas Bowl Hotel…

Eastleigh’s Conservative Councillors drew an interesting statement from the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Cllr Keith House this evening [31st October],  on the ongoing difficulties with the development of a new hotel at the Ageas Bowl. Taking advantage of the ‘Members Questions’ item on the agenda at this evenings  Special Meeting of the Borough Council, Cllr…