Independent councillor Onnalee Cubitt vows to continue fighting for her residents

Basing ward winner, Onnalee Cubitt

Basing ward winner, Onnalee Cubitt

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INDEPENDENT candidate Onnalee Cubitt has vowed to continue fighting for the residents of Old Basing after she retained her seat on the borough council.

As previously reported, Onnalee Cubitt was forced to fight in the borough elections as an Independent candidate after she was prevented from standing with the Conservative party.

Cllr Cubitt originally quit the borough Conservative group in May 2012, becoming an Independent, after she spent months on the fringes for her outspoken comments on the Manydown saga.

The outspoken Basing ward member applied in March to represent the Tory party, but her application to be put on the party’s approved candidate list was rejected by the Basingstoke Conservative Association.

As a result, the former borough councillor for Chineham, John Downes was imposed as the candidate to represent the party in the Basing ward by the Hampshire Conservative Federation’s executive committee.

But Mrs Cubitt was ecstatic following her victory over Conservative candidate John Downes by a majority of 673 after she received 1,368 votes. Basingstoke UKIP leader Alan Stone came third receiving 458 votes.

She told The Gazette: “I am extremely happy and I am overjoyed. My residents are the only thing that matters to me.

“My plan is to keep fighting for the residents and this is vindication that people are prepared to acknowledge that someone is willing to represent the residents above the national narrative.”

She added: “I am ecstatic and I shall carry on extremely hard for the residents without the shackles that come with the party machinery.”

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10:05am Fri 23 May 14

george chivers says...

Great result! Congratulations to Onnalee Cubitt. I've been fed up with party politics for 24 years and haven't voted at all until now. Wonderful to see somebody stand up to the party machine and win. People before parties.
Great result! Congratulations to Onnalee Cubitt. I've been fed up with party politics for 24 years and haven't voted at all until now. Wonderful to see somebody stand up to the party machine and win. People before parties. george chivers
  • Score: 11

12:23pm Fri 23 May 14

Peter H. says...

How ironic this lady is deemed unworthy to stand for the Tories but Maria Miller is.

Whoever is running this party in Basingstoke seems out of touch with local people.
How ironic this lady is deemed unworthy to stand for the Tories but Maria Miller is. Whoever is running this party in Basingstoke seems out of touch with local people. Peter H.
  • Score: 9

7:42pm Wed 28 May 14

Best_Name_Ever says...

I am sure she would never use her position of power to build a second home. Nope. Not at all.
I am sure she would never use her position of power to build a second home. Nope. Not at all. Best_Name_Ever
  • Score: 2

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