Desmond Swayne

Sir Desmond Swayne sorry for saying ‘poorest are amongst the fattest’

MP Sir Desmond Swayne has apologised after provoking outrage with his claim that the “poorest are amongst the fattest”. He faced criticism from political opponents and also the chair of a Lymington-based food bank after...

New Forest MP says poor people are ‘amongst the fattest’

NEW FOREST WEST MP Sir Desmond Swayne has been attacked for claiming that poor people “are amongst the fattest” in society and need to be taught how to shop and budget better. Sir Desmond, who...
BCP Council

New council aims to eliminate hunger in plans for 2020

MEMBERS of the ruling cabinet at BCP Council gathered at Highcliffe Castle to set out their aims for the new unitary authority’s first full year of operation, including eliminating hunger among residents. It came into...

New Forest residents asked to help redraw the political map

PLANS to axe a dozen New Forest District Council members in time for the next local elections have been thrown open for public comment. The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is drawing up...
New Forest election results

Election results: Conservatives win in New Forest and Christchurch

ALL three Conservatives easily held their seats in the New Forest and Christchurch as election results saw Boris Johnson sweep to a big majority last night. There were Tory victories for Sir Desmond Swayne in...
General election

Voters going to the polls as the country decides

VOTERS are going to the polls today (Thursday) in what has been described by party leaders as the most important general election in a generation. Residents in New Forest East, New Forest West and Christchurch...

Council to spend £40,000 a year on computer support worker for councillors

AROUND £40,000 of taxpayers’ money is being spent on a worker dedicated to helping councillors with their computers. New Forest District Council has budgeted £120,000 in the three years to 2021/22, with the bulk of...
Christchurch election results

New Forest voters to quiz candidates at general election hustings

VOTERS in the New Forest will get the chance to quiz the candidates as the general election enters the final week of campaigning. The first hustings will be tomorrow (Thursday) at St Mary’s Church in...
General election

Candidates focus on economy and environment in campaign countdown

POLITICAL activists were out and about in the New Forest and Christchurch this week as the general election campaign entered the final fortnight before polling day. The local economy was an issue on the Christchurch...
Christchurch tax

Christchurch: General election candidates make their pitch for your vote

WITH less than two weeks until the general election on Thursday 12th December, voters will soon have to choose who gets their support. To help readers decide, the A&T has invited all 13 candidates from...
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