East Hampshire Liberal Democrat members voted for their parliamentary candidate last week and chose Richard Robinson.
Richard grew up in Hampshire and has lived in the constituency for over 20 years, just outside Petersfield. He is chartered accountant with 25 years’ experience working in the UK and overseas and has been active in his local community of Buriton.
Richard said ‘I am delighted to be representing the Liberal Democrats in the forthcoming General Election campaign. We will be campaigning for a stronger economy, a fairer society with opportunities for all in East Hampshire to achieve their potential. For this to happen good health and education services are vital. I will be proud to campaign on our record in government and for our commitment to improve mental health services. Locally, the Liberal Democrats will campaign to improve facilities for residents and protect our environment’.
A couple of us attended these evenings to learn what was being presented. Overall the officers had put together a good series of information stands covering the various aspects of EHDC business. Not what I was expecting but good.
One Tory councillor blatantly attempted to poach a Lib Dem member to join the Tories and stand as a councillor – not was really intended for the evening I suspect!
The talk was entertaining and informative. Members, supporters and the public came along.
Mike Thornton was off the early next morning to Ageas Bowl then to House of Parliament to support Michael Moore’s Bill. Busy life for an active MP!
A talk about the workings of Westminster followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.
Thursday 4th December. Herne Farm Leisure Centre, Moggs Mead, Petersfield, GU31 4PJ
7:30pm for 8pm
Contact Jan Mallett for details. 01730 261201 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Liberal Democrat County Councillor David Simpson is highlighting the poor scheduling of maintenance by several utilities. By ignoring the process of scheduling maintenance the utilities in questions cause extra disruption at no cost to themselves. David has asked the County Council to call the companies to account and find out how they intend to improve their regular maintenance and reduce the number of immediate or urgent works that cause chaos to us all.
See press release. When is a “Road Closure” not a road closure?.
Conservative controlled EHDC have further reduced public & local councillor involvement in planning decisions. The Lib Dems supported an amendment to slightly mitigate the effects but the public will be further frustrated that that their own and their local councillor’s knowledge will not be heard. See press release here Limiting public involvement in planning.
Lib Dem Group Leader Andy Tree has said that providing a swimming pool elsewhere in East Hampshire (for example Alton which was suggested by an EHDC director quoted in the Bordon Post) which could be used by Whitehill & Bordon residents is “shocking, out-of-touch and completely unacceptable.”
Andy said: “We need a 6-lane swimming pool WITHIN the boundaries of Whitehill and Bordon. I wrote to the Leader and Deputy Leader of East Hampshire District Council, urging them to show their support for Whitehill & Bordon by removing this option as a possibility at their cabinet meeting last Thursday. Whilst they reaffirmed their support for the town, which is appreciated, it was disappointing that this was still voted through as a possible option. I hope I can work pro-actively with EHDC to ensure this does not happen, and am grateful that Cllr Cowper and project director Steve Pearce are willing to discuss such issues with myself and Whitehill Town Council – but such conversations must result in actions and fair decision-making.”
An excellent result for Richard Robinson obtaining 29% of the vote at the first attempt in this ward. This has not been contested at all for many years so a great start. Labour polled 13% and Conservative 58%.