Tag: Maria Hutchings

Mike Wins!!!

Mike Thornton has held on to Chris Huhne’s seat for the Lib Dems, surviving a collapse in the Lib Dem vote, in what was the lowest election turnout since Eastleigh’s very first election night in 1955. In a tense night at the Fleming Park Leisure centre last Thursday, under the glare of the nations media,…

Voting well underway in three way fight

  Voting is well underway in the Eastleigh by-election and weeks of crouching behind the sofa and slaloming politicians and their minions in the town centre is soon to come to an end. In  a few hours we should know who the successor is to disgraced Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne. This evening bookies still…

Hutchings swings her hustings handbag

    Conservative candidate Maria Hutching’s came out of her corner fighting on Sunday to confront Lib Dem front runner Mike Thornton over claims that he is campaigning to protect local countryside from development. Polls are suggesting the election is a two horse race between Thornton and Hutchings and the two rivals were joined by…

Dave tells Maria “You can do it”

    The Prime Minister paid a flying visit to Eastleigh yesterday when he dropped into the B&Q headquarters in support of Maria Hutchings by-election campaign. It had been known that the PM was planning a visit to the constituency but the exact destination was kept a secret until the last minute. The retail giant…

Chancellor slams local development plans

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne as added his voice to the row over the Council’s housing plans for Eastleigh by saying that they are in the ‘wrong areas’. The Chancellor was speaking as he accompanied Conservative party Candidate Maria Hutchings around the Prysmian factory in Bishopstoke. By-election Lib Dem rival Mike…

Eric slates Lib Dem Council Tax plans

  Eric Pickles has warned the people of Eastleigh not to vote for a Liberal Democrat who could hold David Cameron back from doing the right thing for hard-working families in Britain. Responding to questions from the media about reported Liberal Democrat plans for higher council tax bands, the Communities Secretary said: ‘The people of…

Upset for Local Plan in Botley and Stoneham

  Doubts over Eastleigh Borough Council’s ability to deliver part of their Local Plan have emerged today after County Council Leader Ken Thornber confirmed that HCC would not be releasing land they own at Woodhouse Lane for a new 1,000 home development and that it would not support the construction of any more than 300…

Eastleigh Ukip : We won’t stand aside for Maria

  Eastleigh Ukip members have angrily rejected a suggestion from Conservative big wigs that the two parties should form an electoral pact in the next general election Conservative  vice-chairman Michael Fabricant, has proposed the Euro sceptic  party should  stand aside in 2015 in return for an ‘in-out’ referendum on EU membership arguing that the  deal…

Local Plan campaigners take concerns to Housing Minister

Representatives from three local resident action groups have met with Housing Minister Mark Prisk to discuss Eastleigh Borough Council’s plans for housing development. Campaigners from three groups, the Botley Parish Action Group, the Hedge End and Bursledon Action Group  and  Save Stoneham Park  were in London to raise their concerns with Mr Prisk over the Council’s…

Campaign fever grips Eastleigh as Huhne faces court

Saturday shoppers in Chris Huhne’s Eastleigh constituency were forced to dodge groups of political activists who have begun canvassing in anticipation of a possible by-election. The Lib Dem former Cabinet minister faces trial on charges on perverting the course of justice this week should a last ditch attempt today to have the case dismissed fail.…

Local residents in countryside protest march

Objectors to Eastleigh Council’s local housing plan joined forces with the Aviary Residents Association to walk around the countryside of Stoneham Park  on Saturday afternoon – land the Council have deemed suitable for the construction of 1300 new houses. The walk, on what was a pleasantly sunny afternoon took the protestors over fields threatened by the bulldozers…

Tactical voting so negative says Huhne

Chris Huhne has denied that he owes his election victory in Eastleigh to tactical voting by Labour supporters and has said he does not fear a backlash from them in the next election. The Eastleigh MP who is due to speak at the Liberal Democrat party conference today, was debating in a fringe meeting was…

Botley SDA scrapped

Eastleigh Borough Council has decided not to go ahead with plans from the last government for a 6000 home strategic development area to the north of Hedge End at a recent Council meeting. The abolition of the South East Plan by the new coalition government means that the Council does not have to take forward a…

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…