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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

  • Bearder science
    Article: Oct 8, 2015
    By Catherine Bearder MEP

    Historically British Universities are the largest beneficiaries of research funding from the EU.

    This is thanks to the research budget - now called Horizon 2020 worth £67 billion, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever.

    Thanks to this, British businesses, researchers and universities benefit from finance, networks and partnerships for innovation.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Tim Farron delivered his first speech to a Lib Dem Conference as leader of the party.

    In it he called on the millions of liberals in Britain to become Liberal Democrats and join the party.

    Full text of the speech

    When I was growing up my school didn't have a sixth form. I guess that's because most of us didn't do A levels. So I went to a separate sixth form college - Runshaw in Leyland - and, in my first week, I joined the Liberal Party.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Sep 3, 2015
    By Catherine Bearder MEP

    Under the new law, binding targets will ensure EU governments will improve air quality and reduce pollution, much of which ends up flowing across national borders.

    Much of my time lately has been taken up with my work as the ALDE shadow on the air pollution legislation. Air pollution is an invisible killer we cannot afford to ignore. More than ten times as many people die in Europe each year as a result of air pollution than from accidents on our roads.

  • Library books
    Article: Aug 20, 2015
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    The Labour-controlled city council has announced proposals to close five branch libraries andthe Mobile Library service.

    Portswood campaigner Adrian Ford says:

    'Closing a library like Burgess Road or Cobbett Road will affect many adults and children, especially those from poorer families, and will remove a focus of community and security was well as learning and leisure.

  • key_fightback.png
    Article: Aug 10, 2015

    New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has today launched his seven campaigning priorities for Parliament.

    These priorities cross traditional department boundaries and Tim will be able to draw on the talents and expertise of multiple spokespeople to push this agenda.

    To ensure the party's concerns are echoed on the ground, he has appointed a Parliamentary Campaigns Team.

  • Adrian Ford
    Article: Aug 4, 2015
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Portswood Liberal Democrat campaigner Adrian Ford says:

    "I am delighted that the proposal to convert the Highfield House Hotel to student accommodation has been dropped and that this valued local facility will remain as a hotel."

    "At the same time I am concerned that new proposals have been put forward to abandon plans for family housing, including an element of affordable housing, on the site of the former Portswood bus depot in favour of more student accommodation."

  • Article: Aug 3, 2015

    Tim Farron has set about ending the Liberal Democrats' lack diversity at the top of the party - by naming the most diverse shadow cabinet team in the party's history to lead the party's fightback.

    The new Lib Dem leader announced a spokesperson team including 12 women and 10 men to lead the fight back against the Tory government.

  • Adrian Ford
    Article: Jul 15, 2015
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Last night, a planning application to turn a former private members club into a convenience store was refused by Southamton City Council's Planning Panel.

    Parliamentary Spokesperson for Southampton Test Adrian Ford said;

    "I am pleased with this decision. This site is not suitable for a convenience store - traffic in Archers Road is already very heavy, and the increase caused by this development would be too much.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2015

    The Tories used to say we were in it together, but this budget says one thing: you're on your own.

    Amongst the gimmicks and giveaways, the Chancellor has hidden four more years of pain, austerity, and cuts. As a direct result of the Conservative obsession with ideological cuts, thousands of public sector workers, families and young people face another four years struggling to get by.

  • Adrian Vinson
    Article: Jul 8, 2015
    By James Franklin in dailyecho.co.uk

    A FORMER council leader has stood down from frontline politics in Southampton but is set to be honoured for his decades of service to the city.

    Adrian Vinson is set to be named as an alderman of the city after serving as council leader for seven years and a councillor for almost 30 years.

    The Liberal Democrat veteran lost his seat in Portswood a year ago, and has now decided to call it a day on a political career stretching back three decades.

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