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Southampton Civic Centre

You're probably already familiar with our community newsletter "Focus". This Website is an on-line version of "Focus". If you visit this site regularly you'll see that we keep the site updated with information about Southampton and your community.

As you know, Liberal Democrats Councillors and Focus Teams work all year 'round to improve your community. If there is any way we can be of help, please do get in touch!

If you share our passion for working for local people and believe in the Liberal Democrats aims, why not join us? By being a member you keep in touch with the Party throughout the year, join us at our regular social events, and get a vote in all Party Elections.

Recent updates

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    Today (Wednesday 27 May) Nick Clegg will respond to the Queen's Speech for the Liberal Democrats.

    In his first intervention in the House of Commons since the election, Nick will say:

    "The Liberal Democrats worked hard to ensure that the Coalition Government's agenda had a clear thread of liberalism running through it - from the priority we gave to mental health and the green agenda, to creating the pupil premium and protecting our civil liberties.

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    Article: May 22, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have joined forces to launch the party's campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.

    Before the election, the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

  • Simon Stokes
    Article: May 15, 2015
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Less than a week after being elected, Cllr Andrew Pope has resigned from the Labour Party, and will now sit as an Independent on the council.

    Commenting, Redbridge Liberal Democrat campaigner and candidate Simon Stokes said: "It's hard to believe Cllr Pope's grievances with his former colleagues have simply arisen in the week since his election. To echo the words of his former leader Cllr Letts;
    "If [Cllr Pope] felt like this then he shouldn't have put his name forward for the election. It's pretty disgraceful behaviour... I urge him to put his case back to the people for Redbridge for election as he has defrauded them in getting elected as a Labour candidate and then resigning."
    Once again it is clear that Labour, locally as nationally, is riven with clashing egos.'
  • Article: May 13, 2015

    Commenting on the Conservatives' plans to introduce banning orders, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:

    "Liberal Democrats blocked Theresa May's plans for banning orders on three different occasions.

    "If she has just re-heated her original proposals, they are ill thought through, illiberal and will not tackle the problem they are supposedly designed to solve.

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    Article: May 12, 2015
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Thank you to all our supporters and activists who worked tirelessly over the course of this election campaign, delivering Focus leaflets, canvassing door to door, and responding to constituent's concerns, right across the city.

    Across the country, our local vote was higher than our national vote, including here in Southampton. Where we work hard we have a greater chance of success; it's time to rebuild our party and build on our core Liberal Democrat values, carving our own distinct identity in British politics.

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    Article: May 12, 2015

    Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 54,240.

    Since polls closed on Thursday, 7296 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

  • Southampton Liberal Democrats logo
    Article: May 7, 2015
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    It's not too late to vote for your Southampton Liberal Democrat candidates in the General and Council Elections.

    Details of our Parliamentary candidates can be found here. Likewise, a full list of our Council candidates can be found here.

    Thank you for taking the time to vote for a Stronger Economy and a Fairer Society.

  • Southampton Test - 2010 result (Daily Echo)
    Article: May 7, 2015
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    "People that didn't vote in the last General Election could make all the difference this time," says Adrian Ford, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test.

    "I've spoken to hundreds of people during this campaign, many of whom have decided to vote Liberal Democrat this year having not voted at all in 2010."

  • Southampton Itchen - 2010 result (Daily Echo)
    Article: May 7, 2015
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Itchen has been identified as a key marginal constituency that could help decide the outcome of the General Election - but the numbers suggest it could be much closer than people expect.

    The last time the constituency was contested in 2010, the Liberal Democrats came third, but with more people deciding not to vote than voted for the winner, the result is impossible to predict.

  • Ben Nicholls
    Article: May 7, 2015
    By Romsey & Southampton North Liberal Democrats

    New analysis suggests that a second general election could take place before Christmas unless more Lib Dem MPs are elected on Thursday. As a marginal seat, Romsey and Southampton North could make the difference to bringing about the stability which we all know our country needs.

    "I know that many lifelong Conservative and Labour voters are backing me this year, because they think I'm the person best suited to represent our area in Parliament." said Ben Nicholls, "I do not take this support lightly: I'm hugely grateful for it and will do my best to be the dedicated, hard working MP we all want."

    "I also know that many local residents are still undecided as to whether to back me, partly because of the Lib Dems' record in Coalition. Unlike too many politicians I have been honest about mistakes made and lessons learned in the last five years, but also about the considerable good which many of us acknowledge Lib Dems have brought to Government. From free school meals, to more renewable energy, to raising the personal tax allowance, I am proud that this Government has been greener and fairer than it would have ever have been with the Tories on their own."

    "Until we have the fairer electoral system for which the Lib Dems have long fought, only I can beat the Tories here on Thursday. If undecided voters, or those inclined to vote Labour or Green, are willing to lend me their support we can once again have a progressive, liberal MP for Romsey and Southampton North, and stop extremists holding the balance of power in Westminster. "

    "Here is my promise to you: I will consider those votes to be borrowed ones. I will never take your support for granted, and will use my role to speak out about that which unites us - from protecting our environment, to supporting the most vulnerable in our area, to fighting for a Britain at the heart of the international community, rather than on its fringes. These issues are so much greater than what divides us - and together, we can elect somebody who will speak out about them from this Thursday onwards."

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