Forest MPs send their best for Boris Johnson’s recovery after PM moved to intensive...

NEW Forest MPs Sir Desmond Swayne and Julian Lewis have sent their best wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson after it was announced he was in intensive care with coronavirus. The PM was first admitted...
Desmond Swayne

‘Deeply distasteful’ lockdown must end as soon as possible, says MP

THE coronavirus lockdown regulations are “deeply distasteful” and should end as soon as possible, according to New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne. The sweeping powers, which are unprecedented since wartime, came into force last...

Ex-Forest MP in self-isolation to reveal politics behind the scenes

A 90-YEAR-OLD former New Forest MP who is self-isolating in Beaulieu is taking to the internet tonight (Tuesday) to give three decades of insight into the life and times of Britain and its prime...
New Forest leisure centres

Tories reject call to scrap leisure centres management ‘privatisation’

CONSERVATIVES on New Forest District Council have refused to scrap plans for a private organisation to run its public leisure centres despite being presented with a 2,000-name petition. The list of names opposing the management...
New Forest council tax

Councillors clash as New Forest council tax bill agreed

THE annual council tax will rise by £71 in April to hit just over £1,836 for an average Band D property in the New Forest. The total bill was settled on Monday night when the...
New Forest leisure centres

2,000 sign petition against leisure centres management ‘privatisation’

MORE than 2,000 people have signed a petition opposing plans for a private operator to take over the running of public leisure centres in the New Forest. The list of names has been submitted by...
Hampshire County Council

Hampshire agrees nearly £50 increase in share of council tax

THE biggest portion of New Forest residents’ council tax will rise by nearly £50 for Band D properties after the county council agreed its budget for 2020/21. It was voted through by the Conservative-controlled authority...

New Forest MPs unite in call for prisoners to serve full sentences

BOTH New Forest MPs have urged the government to make prisoners serve their full sentences. The two Conservatives spoke out during a debate on approving changes for the most serious violent and sexual offenders to...

Christchurch residents set for cut in council tax bill

CHRISTCHURCH residents can look forward to receiving a reduction in their council tax after the BCP authority set out proposals to bring in harmonisation across its area sooner than planned. There was uproar when the...
Janette Duke

Councillor sorry for offence over ‘straight pride’ support

A CONSERVATIVE district councillor has apologised for causing any offence by supporting a “straight pride” post on social media. Cllr Janette Duke shared the controversial post on Facebook with the comment: “Let’s celebrate it!” just...
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