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What Guido Fawkes didn’t tell you about the Eastleigh meeting last night

Yesterday Guido Fawkes excitedly blogged that “Eastleigh LibDems Holding Emergency Meeting … Guido has just heard they are holding an unscheduled meeting” and went on to claim in a subsequent post that Chris Huhne’s election expenses were “top of the agenda”.

Alas, Guido’s source is not exactly up to top-notch standards on this one.

Let’s take it one by one.

Was it an emergency meeting? No, it was a previously scheduled one.

Was it a Liberal Democrat meeting? No, it was a meeting of the Eastleigh and the Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath Local Area Committees to which council officers and non-Liberal Democrat councillors were invited.

At this point you might wonder if Chris Huhne’s election expenses were really top of the agenda for a meeting to which not only outsiders but rival politicians were invited.

And you’d be right to wonder.

Because why had these two Local Area Committees, who usually meet separately, scheduled a meeting together?

It was because along with their normal business there was one special,  joint item of business to talk about…

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… a cycle path.

Yes indeed the emergency Lib Dem meeting with election expenses top of the agenda was actually a scheduled council meeting to talk about local issues with a local cycle path top of the agenda. (UPDATE: A car park also featured.)

Time for you to get a new source Guido, I think if s/he can’t tell the difference between an expense return and a bicycle.

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