Brexit is ‘slipping through our fingers’, warns New Forest MP

BREXIT is “slipping through our fingers”, according to New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne. The pro-Leave Conservative has twice voted for the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement, fearful that if it does not pass then...

Conservative fury as MP to ‘seriously consider’ no-confidence vote against government

CHRISTCHURCH Conservatives have been enraged by their MP, Sir Chris Chope, indicating he could side with Labour in a vote of no confidence against the government over Brexit. Sir Chris, who is facing local party...

Tories suspend group of council merger rebels

A GROUP of Christchurch councillors have been suspended from the Conservative Party in the wake of some threatening to stand as independents at forthcoming elections for the new unitary authority. The councillors, including leader Cllr...

Senior Tory ditched ahead of New Forest local elections

TOP New Forest Tory Goff Beck has been dropped by the Conservatives from its list of candidates to fight the district council elections in May. The blunt-speaking former Marine, who has represented the Barton ward...
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New Forest waste chief refuses to rule out wheelie bins to boost recycling

WHEELIE bins have not been ruled out by New Forest District Council leaders as a way of boosting the area’s poor recycling rates. The controversial containers have been forced onto the agenda by the government...

Christchurch residents’ council tax bill ‘completely unfair and unjust’

A CHRISTCHURCH councillor has challenged the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole shadow authority over the legality of charging residents of the town more council tax than their neighbours. Cllr Colin Jamieson has claimed the BCP...

Councillors clash over last budget before May local elections

IN the last budget before the local elections in May, New Forest District Council’s Conservative administration capped off an average £70 council tax rise for residents. The overall levy, which is increasing by just over...

New Forest council tax payers facing £70 hike in Band D bills

NEW FOREST residents are facing an increase of more than £70 in their council tax bill from April. The average Band D household will be charged a combined £1,765 in 2019/20 – an increase of...

Chope fights back against Tory critics’ ‘kangaroo court’ deselection push

VETERAN MP Sir Chris Chope has branded an emergency meeting of the Christchurch and East Dorset Conservative Association a “kangaroo court” amid claims there are moves to have him deselected. Speaking to the A&T, Sir...

New Forest councillor reveals ambitions for top job after Tory leader announces resignation

BROCKENHURST councillor Keith Mans has told the A&T he is “highly likely” to contest the leadership of Hampshire County Council after top Conservative Cllr Roy Perry announced his resignation. Cllr Perry revealed to last week’s...
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