Tag: Eastleigh Conservatives

Jobs Minister dismisses ‘part-time myth’

Employment Minister Esther McVey has described claims that job growth is being fueled by part-time and temporary work as “scare stories” and “a myth.” The jobs Secretary was in town to record an episode of BBC Question Time and prior to the recording visited G W Martin engineering works accompanied by the Conservative candidate for…

Railways Minister says Eastleigh on track for investment

Thomas the Tank engine Eastleigh Lakeside Railway

The Minister for Railways Claire Perry has said that Eastleigh Station is on track for more investment. Perry was in Eastleigh as part of whistle stop tour of the South West network region and met with the Conservative candidate for Eastleigh, Mims Davies. The pair took some time to chat to commuters to find out…

Conservative candidate hits out at ‘complacent’ Lib Dems

The Eastleigh Conservative candidate for the 2015 general election, Mims Davies, has kicked off her campaign with a swipe at Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrat administration, describing MP Mike Thornton as “no great shakes” and Council Leader Keith House as “incredibly complacent” accusing them of  “taking voters for granted.” In an interview Davies told Eastleigh News she…

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…

Tory candidate resigns

The Deputy Chairman (political) of Eastleigh Conservative Association has resigned form the party claiming it no longer reflects his conservative values. Michael Read  is a 72 year-old veteran activist who was due to contest the Eastleigh Central ward in the May local elections, has cited a ‘disconnect’ between the party hierarchy and its grassroots and…

2000 Tories to descend on Eastleigh

Political blogger Guido Fawkes has reported that the Conservative party plan to send a team of 2000 party activists this Sunday, two days after the town’s Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne is due to appear in court alongside his former wife to answer charges of perverting the course of justice. A spokesperson for Eastleigh Conservatives…

What is Chris Huhne really up to?

In his own words Chris Huhne described AV as ‘an ill-fitting corset attempting to squeeze all the diverse strands of opinion in our society into an inappropriate and deeply uncomfortable shape’. So if he is not a true fan of AV why is he getting so upset during the referendum campaign? Could it be that…

Working for you all year round??

As many of Eastleigh’s councillors face the polls tomorrow, Eastleigh News can reveal that our borough representatives collectively failed to show up for 20% of their expected attendances over the last electoral year. Information on the council website show the total number of meetings each councillor was expected to attend and how many they missed.…

Olson warns on council borrowing

Councillor Godfrey Olson, leader of the Conservative group on Eastleigh Council has voiced doubts over council borrowing and local Liberal Democrats plans to fund a government grant shortfall through efficiencies and property rental. Responding to Council leader Keith House’s budget speech last Thursday, Eastleigh’s respected elder statesman, twice Mayor of Eastleigh and an OBE,  expressed…

Parish Council Election Round Up

In the elections on the 27th May for the new parish councils of Chandlers Ford and Allbrook – and for the Hiltingbury wards – both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats took 11 seats each leaving the Conservatives with overall control of both Hiltingbury wards. Peter Luffman, the former Labour leader in the Borough council…

Eastleigh’s new Mayor Installed

Thursday night saw the annual Mayor making ceremony take place at the Towns Civic Offices as the outgoing Mayoress Pamela Holden- Brown made way for new Mayor John Caldwell – the Conservative councillor for Hiltingbury East. Mrs Holden-Brown had a vote of thanks proposed and seconded by councillors Haulwen Broadhurst and Graham Smith while John…

Con Dem Nation

‘Judas’. That was the verdict delivered by a Labour voter on the community website ‘Hedgeendpeople’ on the news that Eastleigh’s re-elected MP Chris Huhne had negotiated himself a position in the Conservative cabinet as Energy Secretary. Faced with defending a majority of only 568, Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats had campaigned hard to encourage tactical voting among…

Huhne Wins!

Chris Huhne has held Eastleigh with a convincing win – increasing his majority by about 3500. Despite coming second Maria Hutchings also increased the Conservative vote by 2500. This would have been enough to overturn the 530 defecit last time out – and the conservatives certainly felt they had done enough to win outright –…

Hutchings: ‘Lib Dems soft on Crime’

The Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne, has been attacked by Tory candidate Maria Hutchings as “soft on crime” during a live debate at Fleming Park. “The Liberal Democrats are very soft on crime” Ms Hutchings claimed in the debate on law and order broadcast by BBC Radio Solent. “They are talking about community…

Signbusters!

The Highways Department of Hampshire County Council has ordered Chris Huhne’s office to move some of their campaign posters following a complaint from a member of the public. Up to ten of the 3 ft Square fluorescent orange billboards proclaiming ‘Liberal Democrats Winning Here’ had been erected outside Bursledon Market on the busy Bursledon roundabout…