Tag: Lib Dems

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…

Sad Keith defends Huhne record

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem leader Keith House has told Eastleigh News he is ‘very sad’ over Chris Huhne’s resignation and has paid tribute to  Huhne’s record as a constituency  MP saying he had a ‘terrific reputation as a really hard-working member of parliament” Cllr House had spent hours in the town centre today conducting back-to-back interviews…

Fireworks at Parish Council meeting

There were fireworks at Monday night’s meeting of the Chandler’s Ford Parish Council (November 5) after Councillor David Pragnell refused to apologise to the council auditor. At a previous meeting of the Parish Council Cllr Pragnell had been referred to the Standards Monitoring Officer over an article he had published in a newsletter entitled: “Auditor…

Lib Dem’s stay-away Councillors

Liberal Democrat Councillors have failed to show up for Chandler’s Ford Parish Council Meeting for the second time this year. Out of 18 Parish Councillors, nine of the eleven ruling Conservatives turned up but all seven members of the opposition –  six members of the Lib Dem group and the single Labour member – stayed…

Local Lib Dems to face watchdog over ‘focus’ article

Chandler’s Ford Parish Council are asking the local standards watchdog to investigate one of  their  own Councillors and the Deputy Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council over an article in the Lib Dem ‘Focus’ newsletter which claimed the Parish Council’s auditor backed the Lib Dems. At a meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday, members also…

Lib Dem group ‘no show’ at Parish Council

The entire group of  Chandlers Ford’s  Liberal Democrat parish councillors failed to take part in discussions regarding the re-siting of the Council dump after all six members of the group  were a ‘no –show’ at Tuesday night’s Parish Council meeting. The Lib Dems -who campaign on a promise that they will ‘speak out’ and ‘stick…

Lib Dems extend gains on Parish Councils

With all results in from Parish and Town council elections Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats continued to buck the national trend and  are ‘moving forward’ towards their goal of holding every single seat on the Borough, Parish and Town council by assuming control of Bishopstoke Parish Council. In what was billed as the ‘Battle for Bishopstoke‘ the Lib Dems…

Can Labour win here?

Eastleigh Labour Party have used their latest election leaflet to hit back at back at Lib Dem jibes that ‘Labour can’t win in Eastleigh’ and that ‘Labour always come last’ in local polls. The Lib Dems have issued a series of campaign leaflets insisting that Thursdays local vote in Eastleigh’s three town wards will be…

Liars! Tory council boss threatens Lib Dems

Ken Thornber, the Conservative Leader of Hampshire County Council, has called on local Lib Dems to withdraw ‘untrue statements’ about the County Council printed in election leaflets being circulated by Lib Dems’ in Botley and Hedge End. The Lib Dems have been distributing a newspaper style leaflet called ‘The Voice’ and  under a headline entitled…

Hedge End councillor puts Botley first

Rupert Kyrle

  Hedge End’s voters will be rather surprised to discover that Lib Dem Councillor Rupert Kyrle, who sits on their Town Council and represents Hedge End and Botley as a County Councillor, has declared that he puts ‘Botley First’ in an “Election Special’ edition of Lib Dem newsletter ‘Focus’ delivered in the village. Councillor Kyrle,currently…

Hedge End Independent calls it a day

Ray Turner. TGR Worzel

Another Independent candidate has announced that he will not be standing in the Borough elections. Following Sam Snook’s withdrawal last week, local blogger and Eastleigh News man Ray Turner has also decide not to contest the May 3 poll. Ray had stood as an independent last month in Shamblehurst for a seat on Hedge End…

Possible byelection date revealed

November 15 is the most likely date for a byelection Eastleigh News understands. An unconfirmed, but well placed source has revealed that an election, if needed, would be most likely held on the same day as voting for a new police commissioner. All three major parties agreed to the date last week. Eastleigh’s MP Chris…

Ex Lib Dem Mayor in Road Tax censure

An Eastleigh councillor accused of being a road tax dodger by his former colleagues has been forbidden from driving an untaxed vehicle on council owned land. The bizarre punishment was handed out after a probe by Eastleigh council’s standards committee into allegations that Independent Councillor Glynn Davies-Dear had been driving his car without a valid…

Lib Dems win Hedge End by-election

The Lib Dems have won yesterdays Hedge End Town Council by election with a whopping 63% majority over nearest rival Conservative Paul Redding. The Independent candidate Ray Turner came third and the UKIP candidate Michale O’Donoghue a distant fourth with only 22 votes. Victorious Richard Effeney polled more than all the other candidates combined in…

Places…..What Places?

Eastleigh’s Town Councillors were shocked to learn that the Conservative led County Council have discovered a shortfall in places for Year R this coming September – an anticipated shortfall of 50 places. The expectation is that the shortfall will increase in coming years. The county are blaming this on parent choice and a rising birthrate which is…