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On 21st January members of Eastleigh Labour Party spent a chilly, but nice, Saturday morning in various parts of the constituency chatting with local residents about the state of health and social care services.

Street stalls at Velmore shopping centre and Hedge End proved very successful with local residents eager to sign our petition asking Theresa May to pledge more money to the NHS and Social Care.

This activity was part of the Labour Party's national campaign day, and was a follow up to the earlier campaign day held on 26th November 2016. #careforthenhs


If you would like to sign the petition or join our campaign please follow the link below.

Care For the NHS

Second National Care for the NHS Campaign Day

On 21st January members of Eastleigh Labour Party spent a chilly, but nice, Saturday morning in various parts of the constituency chatting with local residents about the state of health...

Eastleigh Labour Party members were out in force in Eastleigh town centre for the National Care for the NHS day.

Thanks to the support of local people, in less than 3 hours we collected over 100 signatures on a petition calling for Theresa May to give the NHS the funding it needs now.

Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and understaffed.

  • Worst NHS deficits on record - £2.45 billion.
  • Around 3.9 million people are now on the English waiting list to start treatment.
  • 1.8 million people waited four or more hours in A&E last year - up over 400 percent since 2010.
  • One in four patients have to wait a week or more to see or speak to a GP or nurse, or don't get an appointment at all.

Labour created the NHS to care for us all, now it's time to care for the NHS.

If you missed us on Saturday and would like to add your name to the petition you can do so at labour.org.uk/nhs

Care for the NHS Eastleigh

Eastleigh Labour Party members were out in force in Eastleigh town centre for the National Care for the NHS day. Thanks to the support of local people, in less than...

Education Not SegregationLocal members of the party were out on the streets of Eastleigh taking part in the national campaign against Theresa May’s proposal for the re-introduction of Grammar schools.

Grammar schools were mainly phased out in the 1980s as it was fairly conclusive that the 1 out of 4 children that passed the test at 11 were from a richer background.


In the Labour Party we believe all children are important and therefore we should have a fully resourced comprehensive education system so that no child gets left behind.

If you did not get to sign the petition this time please follow the link below to sign online.

http://www.labour.org.uk/content/grammar-schools-petition

Education Not Segregation

Local members of the party were out on the streets of Eastleigh taking part in the national campaign against Theresa May’s proposal for the re-introduction of Grammar schools. Grammar schools...

Plans for a 24 hour McDonalds and Starbucks plus a car dealership is going before ELAC committee meeting within the next month or so.  We are assisting local residents in opposing these plans.

We have a chronic shortage of Social Housing within Eastleigh.   We do not need any more fast food outlets, especially as they will be situated near the Fleming Park Sports Centre.   With growing levels of obesity what sort of message are we sending out if these plans are passed?

We need more homes for local people.

Please contact your local ELAC committee members and place your objections to these plans.

Here are some campaign Photos: 

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Fast Food Outlets before Housing

Plans for a 24 hour McDonalds and Starbucks plus a car dealership is going before ELAC committee meeting within the next month or so.  We are assisting local residents in...

The Eastleigh Labour Party has received some sad news that a long time member and councillor of Eastleigh has passed away. 

Reginald Brimecombe Served on Eastleigh Borough Council during the 80's. Hew was a member of the following committee's.

  • Environmental Health and Control - 1980 to 1982
  • Recreation and Amenities - 1980 to 1986
  • Highways and Planning - 1982 to 1984; 1985 to 1986
  • Policy and Resources - 1986 to 1987
  • Leisure Services - 1986 to 1988
  • Highways and Works - 1987 to 1988

Some of our members remember serving with Reginald on the council during this time. 

Our thoughts and best wishes are with the family. 

Farewell Reginald Brimecombe

The Eastleigh Labour Party has received some sad news that a long time member and councillor of Eastleigh has passed away.  Reginald Brimecombe Served on Eastleigh Borough Council during the...

As part of the Bishopstoke Carnival there are Quiz's held before and after the Carnival to raise funds. 

The Bishopstoke Labour Party enters a team every year into the Quiz to help support the Carnival for local people. The Quiz on Thursday 3rd September at the River Inn was won by the Bishopstoke Labour Party. 

The Bishopstoke Carnival is being held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. Here is a link to the Carnivals website where there is more information. 

http://www.bishopstokepc.hampshire.org.uk/carnival.html

Well done team Bishopstoke Labour Party. 

Bishopstoke Labour Party Wins Quiz

As part of the Bishopstoke Carnival there are Quiz's held before and after the Carnival to raise funds.  The Bishopstoke Labour Party enters a team every year into the Quiz...

Labour’s Mark Latham is fighting the Council’s proposal to develop the rest of Moorgreen Hospital in West End.

Mark says “We have had huge support across the borough from people who want more healthcare at Eastleigh’s only remaining NHS site.” 

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But Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton has bet both ways on the development which is proposed by Eastleigh Borough Councillors. First Mr Thornton MP wrote to NHS England that Moorgreen was NOT “surplus to NHS requirements”; but then, as Councillor Thornton, he sat in the council meeting that voted for the plan to go forward!Since their Local Plan failed the Lib Dems are desperate to build on public land. We are facing more houses - we need Moorgreen for our future NHS.

Save Moorgreen Hospital for the NHS Support surges for Mark Latham’s campaign

In April last year a third of the Moorgreen site was given to the national Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with planning for 115 homes, around the old workhouse - but no new access.

The leader of Eastleigh BC (Cllr Keith House) was appointed to the board of the HCA by a Conservative Minister in 2012. Cllr House and the HCA couldn’t interest a developer at the right price, so now plans to build on the whole hospital site, moving a few NHS facilities to the field near the M27 have been drawn up by Eastleigh BC’s overstretched Planning Dept. The HCA want more NHS land released for housing and, despite being our Borough’s leader, that is what Cllr House is doing.

Health Services and Homes
These plans are wrong; we will lose the whole of Eastleigh’s last NHS hospital site to housing when we need more clinics and services in Eastleigh (such as ante-natal, 0-5 development and older persons services) to avoid long journeys to Southampton General - which has huge problems with parking. Future services will not fit on a small field with little parking and with no provision for growing health service needs, despite Eastleigh facing up to 17,000 new homes.

People-pleasing Pledges
The Council’s Local Plan was rejected in December (see Local Plan on EBC website); and now local councillors are desperate to find sites for housing, but they won’t say this; in fact in the latest ‘Hedge End Standpoint’ a councillor wrote on Moorgreen “Your local Lib Dem team have campaigned to see more local health facilities, …make sure land at the hospital site was protected so it could not all be sold off [for] housing”!

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Eastleigh Borough Council’s Brief
Who is behind this? The Council will try to blame the NHS, the HCA or others but the plans were rushed through the full council (of 90% Lib Dem councillors, including Cllr Mike Thornton, our MP) who approved their Brief.

Action
Mark Latham has met with West Hants Clinical Commissioning Group, consulted the Moorgreen Stakeholders Group (of NHS service providers) he founded in 2014, and community groups. The petition we launched in January has over 500 signatures at time of writing and EBC now seem to have delayed the next stage until AFTER the General Election. We will carry on fighting so they cannot sneak through these plans.

Eastleigh needs a Community Hospital to serve the huge growth in population we are facing. Our Council should support this NOT be planning to prevent it.

Moorgreen Loses Out as MP Mike Flip-Flops

Labour’s Mark Latham is fighting the Council’s proposal to develop the rest of Moorgreen Hospital in West End. Mark says “We have had huge support across the borough from people...

Who say's Labour can't win here ... We are winning here.

Yesterday Thursday 9th April Eastleigh Borough Council released the list of candidates for all the elections here in Eastleigh. In the list there were some wards that were uncontested as there were the correct number of candidates to fill the vacancies. One of those wards was Fair Oak & Horton Heath East.

We put two candidates up, Mary Shephard and John Sorley. As the elections were uncontested this means that we now have 2 new Labour Councillors to add to our existing 4 Labour Councillors in the constituency.

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John Sorley

Other Parties say that we cannot win here. We say that we can.

2 New Labour Councillors for Fair Oak & Horton Heath

Who say's Labour can't win here ... We are winning here. Yesterday Thursday 9th April Eastleigh Borough Council released the list of candidates for all the elections here in Eastleigh....

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem Councillors, including local MP, Mike Thornton, now admit there is little chance of fighting hostile planning applications after the Government rejected their Local Plan in December due to lack of affordable housing. The Council now fear they cannot win appeals brought by developers - so-called ‘hostile’ planning applications. The Council also faces getting less of the developer contributions that are vital to fund the healthcare, schools and roads needed for new residents.

Cllr Keith House, EBC Leader, admitted “we could be facing up to 17,000 [new] homes...we will start the process again.”

  • Lack of ‘affordable housing’ scuppers Lib Dem Plan
  • Threat of “17,000 new homes” admits Council Leader
  • “Eastleigh faces chaos from over-development”

Mark Latham says...“The Lib Dem Council has left local people facing decades of traffic chaos, car dependency, stretched services, and a lack of coherent infrastructure. We need affordable homes, with priority for local people - the failed Lib Dem plan leaves us at the mercy of speculative developers, who will take their profit and leave the mess behind for us to live in.”

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Council’s Local Plan “UNSOUND”

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem Councillors, including local MP, Mike Thornton, now admit there is little chance of fighting hostile planning applications after the Government rejected their Local Plan in December due...

On Sunday 22nd March the Eastleigh 10k race was held. It was a perfect morning for the race with bright blue sky and a good temperature for running.


It was not only a fun run but also a race between three political parties. Labour, Liberals & Conservative. Labour fielded its PPC Mark Latham for the race in support of KeyRing. With Mark was James and Sam as team Labour.

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Team Labour


Liberals fielded their MP Mike Thornton & Conservatives PPC Mims Davies.

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Picture above. Mark Latham and Mike Thornton before the race begins

It was obvious who the winner was when Mark Latham come over the line with a personal best of 1 hour 7 minutes. Followed by Mike Thornton in Second and Mims Davis in Third.

Here is a picture of all three at the end of the run.
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Well done to the candidates and thousands of Eastleigh residents who cam out to run.

A sign of things to come…

Labour Wins Eastleigh

On Sunday 22nd March the Eastleigh 10k race was held. It was a perfect morning for the race with bright blue sky and a good temperature for running. It was...

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