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Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit

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News

  • Liz Jarvis for Southampton Itchen
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Responding to the news that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party will not be standing a candidate in Southampton Itchen, Liberal Democrat candidate Liz Jarvis said:

    "Nigel Farage's comments show he is running scared of the Liberal Democrats as the strongest Remain party in areas like Southampton. He knows that we are the only party at this election that can take seats like Southampton Itchen from the Conservatives and stop Brexit.

    "Boris Johnson's Conservatives and the Brexit party are now one and the same. Both want to see an extreme Brexit that will damage our local economy, public services and limit opportunities for our children and grandchildren.

    "Voters in Southampton Itchen have a historic opportunity at this election to elect a Liberal Democrat MP, stop Brexit and build a brighter future for our country."

  • childcare
    Article: Nov 9, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats will today (09/11/19) announce bold plans to introduce free childcare from 9 months, transforming the lives of parents and children across the UK.

    Today's high cost of childcare means that too many parents are unable to return to work without risking real financial hardship. With the average cost of 25 hours nursery care for a child under two running to more than £6500 per year, many parents are effectively excluded from work due to the burden of childcare costs.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2019

    Ahead of the party's General Election launch, the Liberal Democrats have declared a Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit and use the £50 Billion Remain Bonus to invest in public services and tackle inequality.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

    "The Liberal Democrats are the only party standing up to stop Brexit and build a brighter future for the UK.

    "Brexit has taken far longer and cost far more than anyone said it would. But any form of Brexit will damage our jobs, our economy and our public services, starving them of vital cash as the economy struggles along.

    "The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and then use the £50bn Remain Bonus to invest in our public services.

    "Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit, build a brighter future and invest the £50bn Remain bonus in our vital public services."

  • C Fletcher (Craig Fletcher)
    Article: Nov 7, 2019

    Local Lib Dems have welcomed the decision of the Green Party to stand aside at this election.

    Local Lib Dem candidate for Romsey & Southampton North Craig Fletcher said:

    "We thank the Green Party for this brave decision. Brexit is a national crisis. This groundbreaking agreement, facilitated by the Unite to Remain campaign group, will help to secure more Remain supporting MPs in the next Parliament. We also thank all the candidates who have generously agreed to stand aside in other seats affected by the Unite to Remain arrangements."

  • Article: Nov 2, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    This election is a once in a generation opportunity to reshape our politics, and give hope to the millions of people who want a fairer, brighter future.

    That's why, today, we have launched our campaign slogan: Stop Brexit. Build a brighter future.

  • Pint & Politics 13-11-19
    Article: Oct 30, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Join us for our November Pint & Politics social on Wednesday 13th November!

    Join us at Sadler's Southampton (just up the road from the Guildhall) in what might well be our last Pint & Politics before another General Election.

    We need as many of our members, activists and friends to get involved with our local and national campaigns. Please come along if you can.

    This is an ideal opportunity for everyone - particularly new members - to find out a little more about what we're doing, in a friendly social environment.

    Members, non-members and supporters welcome!

    Please RSVP here, or here for Facebook users.

  • Jo Swinson we are ready for an election
    Article: Oct 30, 2019

    Southampton Liberal Democrats welcome the calling of the general election on 12 December.

    Party Chair Richard Blackman said:

    "With the country at a crossroads this will be the most important election of our lifetimes.

    "Together with my fellow Liberal Democrats in Southampton I look forward to making the case for a liberal and open Britain that enjoys a close relationship with the European Union. If we can stop Brexit, we can lead the fight against inequality and poverty, protect the NHS and tackle the climate emergency."

    "I am delighted to be working with a trio of talented candidates - Craig Fletcher, Liz Jarvis and Joe Richards - and with them putting the Liberal Democrat vision to the people of Southampton"

  • Article: Oct 25, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Research reported by the Guardian today suggests that a majority of voters believe violence against MPs is a "price worth paying" in order to achieve their desired Brexit outcome.

    Commenting on the report, Liz Jarvis, Parliamentary spokesperson for Southampton Itchen, said:

    "I am horrified, saddened and concerned that anyone could think that violence against MPs is ever acceptable. It is crucial for politicians, commentators, activists and members of the press alike to stop fuelling hatred and division in our country and consider the ramifications of their actions.

    "We live in a democracy and MPs are elected," she added. "If you're unhappy with your MP then you have the option to vote in a new one."

    Joe Richards, Parliamentary spokesperson for Southampton Itchen, commented:

    "It is worth reminding ourselves that while politics can become heated, politicians themselves are for the most part well meaning and hardworking people - mothers, children, grandparents, members of our communities - that like all of us ought to be able to work without fear of violence.

    "We all, inside politics and out, should continue to moderate our language and our rhetoric.

    "I am troubled by these findings. They do not reflect the UK I know, and I think most people in this country would disassociate themselves from such views."

  • Richard Blackman with Southampton Lib Dem activists
    Article: Oct 25, 2019

    Bassett campaigner and Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats comments on the ongoing Brexit crisis.

    "Having joined a million other people, from all walks of life, to march through central London last Saturday to demand a People's Vote on Prime Minister Johnson's horrendous Brexit deal, it was extremely disheartening to see Labour MPs lining up to support the Conservatives in forcing this legislation through Parliament on Tuesday this week.

    "Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour have never been clear with voters about their position on Brexit. Nobody really knows what they stand for from one day to the next.

    "What is clear is that the Liberal Democrats are the rallying point for the majority of people in this country who now want us to remain members of the European Union, enjoying the rights, freedoms and benefits that our membership provides us. In Southampton last May, we beat both Labour and the Conservatives at the European Parliament elections. Our membership is surging, locally and nationally.

    "Join us today, and help us Stop Brexit."

  • Full Fact.org - Southampton MP gets trade figures wrong
    Article: Oct 23, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Claims made by Southampton Itchen MP Royston Smith (Con) regarding the Port of Southampton have been labelled 'misleading', 'implausible' and 'incorrect' by the impartial fact-checking organisation Full Fact.

    Having already been lambasted for his apparent ignorance in the Daily Echo recently, Smith's lack of knowledge has now been given the Full Fact treatment in an article titled "Southampton MP gets trade figures wrong".

    Full Fact have reportedly asked Smith for comment, but have yet to receive a response.

    Liz Jarvis, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, commented: