Tories to push for ‘budget reset’ plan amid council’s £30m funding gap

OPPOSITION councillors will put forward a “budget reset paper” next week, following concerns about a lack of involvement in efforts to close a multi-million-pound funding gap at BCP Council. A budget monitoring report outlining work...
Diana Maddock

Former Christchurch MP Baroness Diana Maddock dies

THE former Christchurch Liberal Democrat MP Baroness Diana Maddock has died at the age of 75. Announcing the news, acting party leader Ed Davey said: “Diana helped shape the heart of the Liberal Democrat Party....

MP likens statue protesters to Islamic extremists

PROTESTERS calling for the removal of statues to controversial historical figures in the UK have been compared by a New Forest MP to Islamist extremists. Sir Desmond Swayne likened those seeking to “erase the...

Traders’ request for free parking in New Forest towns to help business is turned...

A REQUEST to suspend parking charges to encourage people to shop locally has been turned down by New Forest District Council. Ahead of non-essential shops reopening this week, Cllr Malcolm Wade, who represents Hythe and...

Council survives Tory takeover attempt – by one vote

THE ruling coalition on BCP Council survived by just one vote in a bid by the opposition Conservatives to take power. With nothing to split those in favour and against, the no-confidence motion against leader...
Hampshire County Council

Coronavirus set to cost county council at least £68 million

THE coronavirus crisis is set to cost Hampshire County Council (HCC) £68m and the cost could go up, it has been revealed. According to the authority’s latest estimate, it will spend £68m in the 2020/21...

Tories’ bid to seize power at council slammed by coalition as ‘irresponsible and underhand’

MEMBERS of the coalition controlling BCP Council have attacked a push for a vote of no confidence in its leadership as “irresponsible and underhand”. At tomorrow’s (Tuesday) full council meeting, the Conservative group will call...

NFDC launches probe into reducing its spending amid £2m coronavirus income loss

BOSSES at New Forest District Council are to investigate how it can reduce spending after the authority lost more than £2m worth of income to the coronavirus pandemic. The ruling cabinet voted to ask chief...

Fury over Forest MP Swayne’s US protesters remark

NEW Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne provoked a social media backlash after he wrote that violent protesters in the US “have it coming” from the authorities. The Conservative backbencher was at the centre of...

Vote of no confidence to be called at BCP Council

A VOTE of no confidence will be called on the leader of BCP Council and her unity alliance administration next week. The Conservatives, led by Cllr Drew Mellor, will put forward the motion at the...
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