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East Meon by-election result

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%.

New Lib Dem leader at EHDC

Cllr Philip Drury has been elected as Leader of the Lib Dem Group on East Hampshire District Council, which means he becomes official Leader of the Opposition.    Philip is a long-standing Lib Dem and district councillor.

He voted for the Woodlark Pub and opposes housing on Viking Park.

Working with Hampshire County County, Philip got crossings put in Firgrove Road and cut 60mph speed limits along Hogmoor and by St Matthews School.

Philip campaigned to get grit bins put in at Hogmoor and set up the Flytip Forum to combat this menace.

Philip Drury said: “As a committed member of the Lib Dem party, I am grateful to be able to serve the electorate as Leader of the Opposition and work positively with Andy Tree and Chris Wherrell from the Town Council to achieve our goals. This is a critical time for our town. The Army move is soon and I am fighting to get the best end result possible for our residents.”

Andy Tree said: “I congratulate Philip in becoming Lib Dem Group Leader at East Hampshire District Council and I am looking forward to working with him to build a strong link with him and our Lib Dem colleagues at EDHC. Our party must now demonstrate over the next year that we have provided results in the past and are continuing to stand up for local people. We also have Justine Henson as our new Deputy Group Leader in the Town Council and the local party is getting stronger and stronger.

I have been speaking to numerous local residents recently and helping where I can with issues ranging from Cycling on army land to seeking answers about the town’s development from the regeneration project director Steve Pearce who now has quarterly meetings with me.”
Chris Wherrell said: “I look forward to working with both Philip on the District Council and Andy at the Town Council, and am pleased to be part of a strong united team moving forward as we try to get investment into Whitehill & Bordon.”

Philip, Chris Wherrell (Deputy Town Mayor of Whitehill, hoping to become Town Mayor next month) and Andy Tree (Leader of Whitehill Town Council), stand united in their resolve to stand up for local residents and push for a fair deal for Whitehill & Bordon.

New by-election – East Meon

There will be a by-election in East Meon on 22nd May following resignation of David Parkinson (Conservative). Same day as the EU election, so hopefully turnout will be a bit better than is normal for a local by-election.

HCC budget – Lib Dem response – “We care about people”

Lib Dem County Leader, Cllr Keith House, writes:

Hampshire’s Conservatives love taking your money and putting it in their bank, rather than spending it on vital local services.

This year, they are going to put your cash into the bank to save it for a “rainy day” yet at the same time take money away from buses, libraries, adult care, even short breaks for children with disabilities.

Hampshire Liberal Democrats say it’s raining now. And we need to protect services, not cut them.

That’s what the Liberal Democrats at the County tried to do as part of the County’s annual budget.

The Lib Dems want a stronger economy. We said we wanted an “Invest in Hampshire” project with £30,000,000 extra on road and pavement repairs, fixing bridges and tackling future flooding.

The Lib Dems want a fairer society. We said we wanted more volunteers to save our libraries and youth services, Hampshire Council to take charge of its own bus services, and to protect children with disabilities, and their parents too.

Hampshire Conservatives said “no ” to these simple, cost-effective plans.

The Lib Dems are a party of government, not of protest. Labour and UKIP had no proposals of their own. They just wanted to protest.

The Lib Dems take responsibility for our County. We care about people, and our County’s future. Sadly, the Conservative don’t.

Hard at work in Petersfield Butser

We are delivering our Focus throughout Petersfield Butser.

This covers Petersfield (St Peters, Heath, Causeway & Bell Hill), Buriton, Clanfield, East Meon, Finchdean, Langrish.

If you don’t receive a copy let us know.  There is one for Bell Hill here.

Would you like to be a councillor?

We would welcome individuals putting themselves forward as Liberal Democrat candidates for local elections, both for some pending by-elections and local elections in 2015. Liberal Democrats have always worked hard to represent local residents to try to provide good local services.

The main legal requirement for the candidate to stand for the EHDC seats is to live or work in East Hampshire, for county it’s similar but to  live or work in Hampshire.  For the town and parish councils you must live or work within 3 miles of the parish boundary.
However the key qualification is an interest in local issues and representing residents.

District councillors are paid an allowance of £4500 plus expenses, county councillors about £12000 plus expenses.
If you would like to know more about representing local residents please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Great by-election result in Alton

Pam Jones won the Whitedown by-election gaining the seat previously held by the Conservatives.

Pam JONES, Lib Dem 250

Mike DICKER, Conservative 220

Ruth DUFFIN, UKIP 85

Barbara BURFOOT, Labour 48

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