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Former Romsey MP Sandra Gidley to return to politics
4:20am Tuesday 25th September 2012 in News
FORMER MP Sandra Gidley is set to return to the political battleground – against the father of the Tory MP who defeated her.
Ms Gidley, who had been MP for Romsey since 2000, lost the redrawn Romsey and Southampton North seat to Ms Nokes in the 2010 General Election . It could pave the way for another crack at the next General Election in 2015.
Speaking at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton she told the Daily Echo she was happy party leader Nick Clegg had apologised over the tuition fees U-turn, but felt it had been a “fudge” because he had said sorry for promising to scrap them, not for voting in favour of an increase.
The former MP said she supported the coalition, although was unhappy when the Lib Dems supported “barking mad” policies like selling off the forests.
Asked whether Mr Clegg should lead the party into the next General Election she said: “Let’s be honest. It’s not an A+ all the way on the report card. But we have to balance that against what we have achieved, and we have to campaign on that.”
Other Hampshire activists gave a cautious backing to their leader.
Winchester City Councillor Martin Tod , who had been an outspoken critic of the Lib Dems’ support for controversial NHS reforms, said: “I am glad Nick has apologised. I signed the pledge too, and to me, if you make a promise you do your damndest to deliver it.
Eastleigh councillor Steve Sollitt, chairman of the South Central Lib Dem region, said: “I do not think the party needs a new leader.
“Obviously there have been issues, but we’ve worked constructively in the last two-and-a-half years and have to move forward now.”
And David Goodall , the Lib Dems’ police commissioner candidate for Hampshire, added: “I do not see any problem with the leadership at the moment.
“There have been difficulties, but that was because we are in coalition with the Conservatives .”