Tag: Lib Dems

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…

Ex Lib Dem savages ‘undemocratic’ Eastleigh Councillors

Sam Snook

An ex Lib Dem activist has accused his former councillor colleagues of being undemocratic and failing to carry out their duties. Veteran local campaigner Sam Snook, who stood as a Lib Dem candidate in last May’s local elections, addressed Tuesday night’s meeting of Eastleigh Local Area Committee because he said he was concerned that land…

UKIP query ‘Locals Only’ housing plan

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has challenged Eastleigh’s Lib Dems to explain how they intend to  limit new housing to just local people and prevent occupation by immigrants. Earlier this month Eastleigh News reported how Councillor Paul Bicknell had published and distributed a leaflet around the town’s Aviary estate that claimed  that new houses to be built on Chesnut…

We’re NOT closing!

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A head teacher in Botley has denied suggestions that her school is in danger of closing. Sian Tomlin, the head of Botley School was forced to write to worried parents after they had received a letter from Botley Cllr Rupert Kyrle claiming the school was in danger of closure if more houses were not built…

ConDems YES to Gravel and Housing plans

Draft plans which earmark Hamble airfield as the preferred site for gravel extraction and Boorley Green as the preferred site for 1300 homes were approved today (October 13)at at separate meeting of Conservative led  Hampshire County Council  and Lib Dem controlled Eastleigh Borough Council – despite the opposition  of local residents and pressure groups. Both…

Blogger vows to topple Lib Dem leader

A local blogger has vowed he will “end  Liberal Democrat dominance within Eastleigh” by standing for election as an Independent and by launching an online campaign. The blogger, Hedge End resident Ray Turner, has started an e-petition which aims to “Prevent Councillors from serving on several Councils”. If successful,  the e-petition could eventually reduce the number of roles…

Councillor votes against his own motion

Hedge End Town Councillor Keith Day was forced to vote against his own proposals after the motion he had forwarded was amended beyond recognition. The sole opposition member on the Lib Dem council, Cllr Day had tabled a motion objecting to Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to designate land at Woodhouse lane as a preferred location…

“Innocent until proven guilty”

Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne, who has had allegations regarding his speeding offences investigated by Police, has hinted that he would not resign his Cabinet seat if charged. Asked by Andrew Neil on the BBC Politics show if he would resign from the cabinet if charged Mr Huhne, currently attending the Lib Dem party conference, said:…

Huhne phone tape now in Police hands

The Sunday Times has confirmed it has now handed the Police a secret tape recording of a telephone conversation between Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne and his estranged wife Vicky Pryce in which he can be heard discussing claims concerning his driving record. The Sunday Times had been ordered to hand over the tape to police…

Outrage as Mail prints Lib Dem flyers

Publishers of pro- conservative newspaper The Daily Mail – which has been investigating alleged election overspending on leaflets by Chris Huhne – are now printing his leaflets for him. Conservatives in Botley had been up in arms over the latest mail shot from Eastleigh Lib Dems, claiming that the four page full colour ‘newspaper’ styled…

Cops seize secret Huhne tape

Police investigating allegations that Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne pressurised his former wife into taking driving penalty points on his behalf in 2003 have won a court order to obtain a secret tape recording and signed statement from The Sunday Times which is said to implicate the Energy Secretary. The Sunday Times has reported that at…

Elections watchdog to investigate Lib Dem expenses

The Electoral Commission have announced they will be conducting an investigation into Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne’s election expenses. A complaint from the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics elicited this response from the Commission: “Our assessment of the information indicated that there may be the possibility of an offence under Representation of the People Act 1983.”…

Election expense complaint rejected

A complaint made by Eastleigh’s Independent group of councillors alleging that Chris Huhne’s election expenses had been underreported has been kicked out by elections watch dog the Electoral Commission. The Independents had supplied a transcript of a secret audio recording of a Lib Dem party meeting in which Anne Winstanley, the party treasurer and Mr…

Lib Dems in new probe

Local Lib Dems were showing signs of strain last night as it emerged that further complaints regarding the party election expenses have been made to the electoral commission. Pressure group the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics have written to the Commission claiming they have discovered irregularities in MP Chris Huhne’s expense returns in the form…

Lib Dem support slips in Eastleigh

The latest local election results show support for the Liberal Democrats in Eastleigh is slipping. Although Eastleigh Lib Dems scored a notable result last week gaining seats in both Borough and Parish council elections despite the parties fortunes elsewhere in the country, overall their support has dipped from 51% of the vote in 2010 to…