Tag: UKIP

Ukip surge in County elections UPDATED

In a sensational result Ukip have consolidated their surprise by-election performance and returned three county councillors in Eastleigh taking the seats from the Liberal Democrats while the Conservatives comfortably held their seat in Chandler’s Ford and overall control of the County Council with a reduced majority. Ukip won 10 seats in the county – their…

Local English Democrat Chairman defects to Ukip

  Eastleigh’s Ukip branch has welcomed another high profile defector from a rival party. John Edwards – the Chairman of Hampshire English Democrats – has resigned his position and signed up to the Euro-sceptics. Waiting to greet him at Ukip’s Market Street HQ were two of Eastleigh’s former Lib Dem councillors, Glynn Davies-Dear and Andy…

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…

Sub-station explosion knocks town trade

  An explosion at town centre electricity sub-station on Tuesday night forced businesses around Leigh Road to clse yesterday. The substation was located in the Sainsbury’s complex and the blast was felt by customers in the adjoining Leo leisure Bingo hall. The Ukip HQ on Market street was affected and they had to hire a…

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…

Former Eastleigh Mayor joins Ukip

A former Lib Dem Mayor of Eastleigh Glynn Davies-Dear has signed up to Ukip along with with a fellow ex Liberal Democrat and former councillor Andy Moore. The two men both resigned from the Liberal Democrats in 2011 after news of MP Chris Huhne’s adultery broke. At the time Mr Davies-Dear had said Chris Huhne’s…

Ukip hope ex Tory has Thatcher appeal

  Ukip  have announced that a Surrey Councillor, Diane James has been selected as the party’s candidate in the Eastleigh by-election. James sits on Ewhurst Borough Council as an Independent and her performance at the Eastleigh Ukip branch hustings secured 80% of the members approval a decision which was endorsed by the party’s NEC earlier…

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…

Police Commissioner candidate launches campaign in Eastleigh

Canvassing for Hampshire’s new Police and Crime commissioner kicked off in Eastleigh on Saturday when UKIP candidate Stephen West launched his campaign in the town centre. On 15 November for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales will elect police and crime commissioners who will set budgets and decide how crime should be…

Farage challenges Cameron to EU referendum debate

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has used a meeting in Eastleigh to announce that he will be going to Downing Street to challenge the Prime Minister to a public debate over the issue of an EU referendum. Farage had received the phone from Downing St confirming the appointment while on a pre – meeting walkabout of…

Ukip vote shows biggest rise

While Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats celebrate the elimination of the opposition Independent group by recapturing both their undefended seats, Eastleigh Ukip members are also celebrating progress of their own as their share of the vote increased for the third year running. In 2010 they polled 4%, in 2011 8% and this year a total of 2876…

The Battle of Bishopstoke

“Don’t let Bishopstoke become a Lib Dem dictatorship” opposition candidates are pleading with voters as Thursdays poll see’s all 14 seats on Bishopstoke parish council up for grabs. In a show of strength the Lib Dems have fielded 14 candidates to contest all the seats – raising the possibility of a 100% Lib Dem council.…

Farage could stand in Eastleigh

Ukip have not ruled out their charismatic leader Nigel Farage  contesting Eastleigh should a by-election be called at short notice. There has been much speculation in the press over the weekend after Conservative party chair Baroness Warsi said the conservatives had targeted the seat and that she believed Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne – soon…

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…