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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

  • School Crossing Patrol
    Article: Feb 12, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Responding to today's news that Southampton's Labour administration are proposing to cut school crossing patrols, Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson for Southampton Itchen Eleanor Bell says;

    "There is nothing more important than the safety of our children. When I was a child, the local bobby saw us across the road - they've been cut. They were replaced by the lolly pop man/woman - they've been cut. Time to protest about the cuts being handed down from Tory central government."

  • Adrian Vinson
    Article: Feb 11, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Lib Dem Alderman Adrian Vinson has presented Southampton Liberal Democrats' budget proposals to the City Council.

    Adrian said:

    "There can be no doubt that the savings the Council must make will cause real pain. Cuts in local government funding from the Tory government year after year are now biting well into the bone.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have made an official complaint over the content of UKIP's party political broadcast for inciting racial and religious hatred.

    The presentation and tone of the broadcast is focused on provoking negative and hostile reactions.

    The broadcast clearly uses images, music and misleading information to inflame racial tension - a direct breach of BBC and Ofcom rules.

  • Simon Stokes
    Article: Feb 4, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    A document leaked to Friends of the Earth this week reveals Conservative Government plans to remove Councils' ability to refuse planning permission for shale gas exploration, commonly known as fracking, in their areas.

    Simon Stokes
    , local campaigner for Redbridge ward, said;

    "I have contacted the Rebridge councillors, calling on them to contact the ministers named in the leaked document, and urge them not to go ahead with these undemocratic plans.

    "I would like to see a unified position from councillors of all political colours on Southampton City Council; namely, a commitment that they will not support hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in or under the city.

    "From a democracy perspective, it seems only fair that local councils should have the same rights to refuse fracking applications as they do wind farms."

    Lib Dem campaigner for Bitterne Park James Read adds;

    "Southampton, and the UK as a whole, should be moving away from our reliance on increasingly-exotic fossil fuels, and instead invest in renewable and environmentally sound alternatives, as was proposed by Southampton Liberal Democrat councillors in 2010.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Feb 3, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Lynne Featherstone has tabled a fatal motion in the House of Lords against the Government cuts to Feed-in Tariffs.

    The staggering 65 per cent cuts to Feed-in Tariffs will be debated today (2nd February). These plans will shrink the currently thriving solar industry by over half its size and put 19,000 jobs at risk, according to the Government's own predictions.

  • paddick
    Article: Feb 1, 2016

    The Government is pressing ahead with measures to allow Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to take responsibility for their local fire and rescue services.

    In response, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat Peer and former senior MET police officer, said:

    "PCCs are a failed experiment, it is time to put them to bed not expand their remit.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Jan 29, 2016

    News that Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes for the last ten years has been slammed as a "sweetheart deal" by the Liberal Democrat Treasurer Spokesman Susan Kramer.

    Responding to the Google tax settlement Susan Kramer said:

    "This settlement shows once again that the Government is allowing one rule for the biggest companies and another for ordinary taxpayers.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

    The party has said changes to Universal Credit - dubbed the 'Love Tax' - could affect up to a million low income working single parents.

    It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.

  • Simon Stokes
    Article: Jan 26, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Residents met for an at-times heated discussion on regeneration of the Millbrook and Maybush estates last night (25/1/16).

    Plans were presented by the project's Steering Group for development of several sites across the Redbridge and Millbrook wards, including Green Lane, Windermere Avenue, Kendall Avenue & Cuckmere Lane, and Redbridge Hill.

  • Post 2015-Conservative Government Environmental Record graphic
    Article: Jan 21, 2016

    Responding to reports that 2015 was the hottest year since records began Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, said:

    "This frightening data has to be a wakeup call to the Tories as they relentlessly move ahead with cuts to the green sector whilst crying crocodile tears.

    "This warning proves that the state of the environment is far too serious for us to sit on our hands.

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