Residents fed up with by-election fever

Craft club members and staff at Age Concern in Eastleigh.

Craft club members and staff at Age Concern in Eastleigh.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THEY have concerns about pensions, welfare cuts, public transport and the future of town centre shops. But with days still to go, this group of residents in Eastleigh were mostly tired of by-election fever.

From being blocked from entering their favourite cafe by a gaggle of campaigners, to being accosted on the street several times a day by prospective MPs, many in Eastleigh are counting down the hours to when the electioneering comes to an end.

The talk around the table at the Brendoncare Arts and Crafts Club, held at the Age Concern Centre in Romsey Street, focussed on the economic situation and public services.

But a key issue was whether or not people would even vote – and if they could trust those vying for their support.

One resident said: “Honestly, I don’t think I would vote for anybody – I can’t trust them.”

Brian O’Neill, 62, from High Street in Eastleigh, said he was looking for someone who would work as a constituency MP.

He said: “I think the best thing would be someone that actually represents the area.

“There’s only two parties interested in Eastleigh – the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.”

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And many residents were just looking forward to when they could go about their business as usual, without having leaflets foisted upon them and being asked to listen to campaign speeches.

Pat Drake, 76, retired, from Fair Oak, said: “I have had phone calls, I have had people at the door. It’s been an irritation. If they left me alone to make up my own mind, rather than hassling me, I might just vote for them.”

n The Arts and Crafts Club takes place every first and third Tuesday of the month from 2pm to 4pm.

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1:35pm Thu 21 Feb 13

kingnotail says...

'Election fever' in Eastleigh? Sounds about as exciting as Dengue fever.
'Election fever' in Eastleigh? Sounds about as exciting as Dengue fever. kingnotail
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5:14pm Thu 21 Feb 13

knittingnanna says...

I'm not voting due to the harassment I've received.Even after the 1st phone call asking them to stop,I had them for 5 days.The amount of leaflets by post & hand I had,I put an A4 sign on the door saying "no political leaflets,phone calls or callers,thank you" the "TORIES" still put a leaflet through,when questioned he said he didn't read it 'til he'd posted it,I sat and watched him slowly & quietly post it,asked him to take it back he said "if you insist",then tried to tell me there are some interesting items in it !!!!
what part of NO don't they understand !!!!
This HARASSMENT has lost them all my vote !
I'm not voting due to the harassment I've received.Even after the 1st phone call asking them to stop,I had them for 5 days.The amount of leaflets by post & hand I had,I put an A4 sign on the door saying "no political leaflets,phone calls or callers,thank you" the "TORIES" still put a leaflet through,when questioned he said he didn't read it 'til he'd posted it,I sat and watched him slowly & quietly post it,asked him to take it back he said "if you insist",then tried to tell me there are some interesting items in it !!!! what part of NO don't they understand !!!! This HARASSMENT has lost them all my vote ! knittingnanna
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6:56pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

So these folk from Age Concern arts & craft club have concerns about pensions, welfare cuts, public transport and the future of town centre shops?
Yet they wail that they're "fed up" with candidates who have policies which may well address their issues pertaining to these topics canvassing them?
Talk about the "British disease"!
So these folk from Age Concern arts & craft club have concerns about pensions, welfare cuts, public transport and the future of town centre shops? Yet they wail that they're "fed up" with candidates who have policies which may well address their issues pertaining to these topics canvassing them? Talk about the "British disease"! Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
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