Tag: Lib Dems

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.…

Council brand Eastleigh News tog as ‘violent’

Matthew Myatt

Matthew Myatt © Eastleigh News contributor Matthew Myatt was shocked to discover that his name – along with the names of other local political and eco activists – appears on a secret council list of ‘undesirables’ which is circulated to councillors, council staff and private contractors. The amiable dad-of-five has now hit the headlines himself…

17 people now chasing every vacancy

Eastleigh News can reveal that there are now 17 jobseekers in the borough chasing every vacancy. The unemployment figures released yesterday showed that there were 1600 jobseekers in Eastleigh a 14% increase on last quarter – three times the number of unemployed in 2001. The figures also claimed there were 378 vacancies available in Eastleigh…

More Lib Dems defect

Hedge End Wildern councillor Keith Day has called it a day on his Liberal Democrat membership and will  now sit as an independent on both  Eastleigh Borough Council and Hedge End Town Council. He is joined by his hedge End town Council colleague Jenny Schwausch who has also decided she no longer ‘agrees with nick’…

Independents say ‘We can beat Lib Dems’

Independent Party of Eastleigh Councillors

Eastleigh’s new political party have been celebrating the result of Barnsley by election. ‘The independent Party of Eastleigh Councillors’ have been encouraged by the success of the Barnsley Independent candidate, plain speaking, unemployed Tony Devoy. Although Labour managed to hold onto their seat, Mr. Devoy beat the Liberal Democrats pushing them into sixth place. See…

Ex Mayor hits out at Huhne

A former mayor of Eastleigh, Glynn Davies-Dear, has told BBC Political Correspondent Peter Henley that Chris Huhne’s adultery with a campaign worker has made him ‘feel dirty’. Councillor Davis Dear was explaining his decision to quit the Lib Dems yesterday on the same day it was announced that Mr Huhne had divorced from wife Vicky…

Fees Fiasco Sinks Lib Dems

The ongoing furore over tution fees has damaged Lib Dem standing in the polls. Following last week’s vote on tuition fees which was passed with the support of Lib Dem ministers – with the notable exception of Chris Huhne – two polls just published indicate that support for Liberal Democrats has halved. A poll published…

Huhne Dodges Bullet

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne has avoided voting in last night’s controversial and unpopular tuition fees bill which saw widespread rioting around the House of Commons after it was narrowly passed. Mr Huhne is one of the Lib Dem MPs who had signed a pre election pledge to oppose any rise in tuition fees…

Subdued Retail Sector Weighs on Town Centre

As the recession continues to bite, business lettings in Eastleigh remain languishing in the doldrums as the recent consultation paper on the Eastleigh Town Access plan acknowledged, describing the Town Centre as ‘Underperforming’. A report issued last week by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said economic growth in the third quarter was “considerably” slower…

Ghastly Poles Bring Down Neighbourhood

Over a year after the council publicly declared they were going to remove eyesore parking signposts from the streets of Newtown – exasperated residents are still waiting for something to happen. On the 27th September 2009 local resident J Meuhlnickel complained on the ‘Fix my street’ website about the state of a parking signpost in…

Huhne to Renege on Fees Pledge?

Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne looks poised to rip up another election pledge after Business Secretary Vince Cable  showed the government the green light to raise university tuition fees. Prior to the election Liberal Democrat policy was to oppose any rise in fees and accordingly last January Mr Huhne pledged his opposition as part of a campaign…

Eastleigh residents denied local referendum

Eastleigh civic offices

Eastleigh residents are being asked if they want to directly elect their own Mayor, although they are being denied the chance to hold a referendum in order to decide. Recent legislation requires all councils to make changes to the way they choose their leader. They have to adopt one of two options – the first…

Parking Permit Bombshell

Eastleigh Borough Council have announced they propose to charge £ 30 for residents parking permits. Currently the first vehicle is free of charge with a second permit costing £50 and a third £100 (plus a £25 inspection fee) however all new applications for a first permit will cost £30 in future. There are no plans…

Tories: We won’t fight Huhne

The Conservative party chairperson Baroness Warsi has indicated that the Conservatives may not be contesting Eastleigh in a bid to unseat MP Chris Huhne at the next General Election. Both Chris Huhne the Energy minister and Baroness Warsi were attending a press conference called by the coalition to attack the Labour Party’s record in government.…