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Southampton Civic Centre

You're probably already familiar with our community newsletter "Focus". This Website is an online 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 Campaigners 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!

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Recent updates

  • Redbridge Residents Association meeting on the Test Lane distribution centre development (dailyecho.co.uk)
    Article: Jul 28, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Redbridge resident and Liberal Democrat campaigner Simon Stokes attended a community meeting last night to discuss the future of the controversial Test Lane distribution centre, specifically how to mitigate the effects on residents of the extra traffic that would use the area.

    Simon said;

    "Despite the fact that most people there had campaigned hard against this development receiving planning permission, the meeting for the most part remained on-topic, and I hope gave the panel some things to think about.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats
    Commenting on the decision by the Treasury to stop payments from the £3 billion European Development Fund, Liberal Democrat Economics Spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "Despite saying that nothing would change for the UK in the immediate aftermath of a Brexit vote it's now clear that the Government is quietly, without any public scrutiny, withdrawing billions of pounds that businesses rely on.

    "If Brexit was a self-inflicted wound then the Tory Government is now pouring salt into it. The Treasury has unilaterally made this decision and it will put jobs at risk. Any claims the Government has to economic credibility are totally undermined by this reckless and damaging behaviour.

    "The Treasury should immediately restart payments and Philip Hammond must issue a full statement to explain on what planet he thinks suddenly stopping funding to business is acceptable."

    Southampton Liberal Democrat Economic Development spokesperson Adrian Vinson adds;

    "This is a financial hit that businesses in Southampton and across the country cannot afford in the unstable economic situation we find ourselves in following the Brexit vote.

    "The Conservative government are failing to get to grips with the self-inflicted problems they brought about by holding a referendum in the first place."
  • Simon Stokes - Pickles Coppice, Sure Start
    Article: Jul 26, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats in dailyecho.co.uk

    Following the announcement that Southampton City Council has abandoned its plans to regenerate areas in Redbridge, Maybush and Millbrook, local resident and Liberal Democrat campaigner Simon Stokes responded;

    "I am thoroughly disappointed that the council has decided not to push ahead with this estate regeneration scheme.

  • Don't Leave the EU
    Article: Jul 25, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats in Daily Echo

    A month on from the historic referendum on whether the UK should Remain in or Leave the European Union, politics has gone into overdrive. Many of us involved in the Remain campaign are still coming to terms with the result, and are working towards an outcome that will best serve the people of this country. Perhaps now is a good time to pause and take stock of what has, or has not, happened since that fateful vote.

  • Building
    Article: Jul 21, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Responding to the announcement that Southampton City Council are set to build close to 8000 new homes in the city in the next eight years, Liberal Democrat campaigner Simon Stokes said;

    "Southampton Liberal Democrats commend the council for committing to build the homes the population of this city so desperately needs, particularly on brownfield sites such as the former Meridian TV studio.

  • Nick Clegg (The Guardian)
    Article: Jul 20, 2016

    Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has returned to the Liberal Democrat front bench as the party's European Union spokesperson in order to hold the Government to account over its plans for Brexit.

    Nick Clegg is uniquely well placed to challenge the Conservatives on their plans for Brexit. Not only did he sit around the cabinet table with Theresa May, Liam Fox and others, he was also a leading Member of the European Parliament and a trade negotiator in the European Commission under Leon Brittan. During the coalition years he established himself as the highest profile pro-European voice in British politics and is well known and respected in capitals across the continent.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Jul 19, 2016
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in libdemvoice.org

    It's been a tough few weeks for all of us who believe in the European ideals of cooperation, openness and trade between nations. But as if the referendum result was not bad enough, the aftermath has left the UK the laughing stock of the world. First there was the resignation and disappearance of many of those who led the Leave campaign and the shameless disowning of key pledges on the NHS and immigration. Then last week a number of leading Tory Brexiteers were elevated by Theresa May to the highest offices of the state.

  • Don't Leave the EU
    Article: Jul 14, 2016
    By Thomas Gravatt in wessexscene.co.uk

    Post-referendum, the Tories are still split over Europe and Labour MPs are still desperately trying to kick out Corbyn. Neither party is fulfilling their role as government or opposition, increasing instability in a period where people need to be working together to get the best deal from Europe.

    With Scotland overwhelmingly voting to remain, the SNP are going for a second independence referendum. Even UKIP are still squabbling amongst themselves despite their victory. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats offer a clear and coherent pro-European vision without internal party chaos.

  • Pint
    Article: Jul 12, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats are hosting a 'pint & politics' event in the city on Wednesday July 13th.

    Members and supporters are welcome to this informal event, please do come along if you can. We're living through a momentous time in UK politics, we'd love to hear what everyone thinks of what has happened, what is happening, and what might happen next.

  • #INtogether poster
    Article: Jul 12, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats in Daily Echo

    For the last couple of weeks, unwavering Brexit campaigners (as opposed to the many thousands who voted to Leave but have since come to believe that they made the wrong decision) have been filling newspapers, letters pages and message boards with calls for Remain campaigners and supporters, including myself, to sit down, shut up, and get on with our lives. The fight is over, they say, and we lost. The people have spoken, democracy reigns, get over it.

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