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General Election 2019 candidates

Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit

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News

  • Liz Jarvis on the doorstep
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 3415 businesses in the area have closed over the last three years.

    It comes as the Liberal Democrats today unveil a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost local firms, to mark Small Business Saturday.

    Recent figures show that 3415 have closed in Southampton between 2016 and 2018, a 35.2 increase compared to the three years before.

    Across the UK one million businesses have closed their doors between 2016 and 2018, an increase of almost a third compared to 2013- 2015.

    The Federation of Small Businesses has warned that a no deal Brexit, which Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to rule out, would mean more damage to firms. Firms are also being held back by the Conservative government's failure to reform business rates, and by new taxes on the self-employed that business groups have described as "disastrous".

    Liberal Democrats have said that they will Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in improving public services and tackling inequality. The party would also put in place a package of measures to support small businesses and boost high streets in Southampton, including:

  • Football
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today announced that "it's time to shift the goalposts on safe standing", by introducing safe-standing in top-flight football, offering more choice, a better atmosphere, and cheaper tickets for fans.

    Under the party's proposals, all Premier League and Championship sides could install rail seating in parts of their ground and permit spectators to stand for the entirety of the match in those areas.

    Safe standing operates successfully across Europe. Unlike traditional football terraces, each row is separated by a rail to prevent crowd surges and spectators are given a specific place to stand. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority would develop new licensing conditions for grounds and create new guidance on how standing could be introduced safely.

    Top-flight clubs such as Watford are already introducing rail seating to make it safer in areas of the ground where fans persistently stand up.

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, Tim Farron said:

    "Safe standing provides a hat-trick of benefits to fans - more choice, a better atmosphere, and cheaper tickets.

    "It's time to shift the goalposts on safe standing and give spectators something to cheer about.

    "Deadline day is getting closer in this campaign - and only the Liberal Democrats can send Boris Johnson's Premiership to VAR and stop him from making any last-minute signings."

  • Tom Brake MP
    Article: Dec 4, 2019

    Responding to leaked internal EU documents signalling more years of Brexit talks from the day after the general election, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake, said:

    "This document confirms that even if the Conservatives win a majority, Brexit would continue to drag on for years to come. Yet again, Boris Johnson is misleading voters with his pledge to 'get Brexit done.'

    "There would also be a new no-deal 'cliff edge' date at the end of next year, and yesterday Dominic Raab confirmed that a Conservative Government would be prepared to step off of it. This would be disastrous for our businesses and public services.

    "The best deal is the one we currently have as members of the European Union. The more Lib Dem MPs elected into the next Parliament, the better our chances of securing a People's Vote and stopping Brexit altogether."

  • Joe Richards, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College (Richard Taunton Sixth Form College)
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Lib Dem candidate for Southampton Test Joe Richards enjoyed speaking to staff and students at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College earlier today.

    Commenting after the event, Joe said:

    "I would like to say a big thank you to the students of Tauntons college for allowing us to answer their questions today. They had some detailed thoughtful questions about principles and policies that give me great hope in our future generations."

    "Introducing votes at the age of 16 is important to keep younger people engaged in politics, and moreover the Lib Dems believe it's their right to have a say in their future.

    "My favourite question asked was 'What will the benefits of Brexit to Southampton be?' My answer was simply 'none'. Unsurprisingly, none of the other members of the panel could come up with one either".

  • Luciana Berger
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Responding to the latest statistics on NHS vacancies, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Luciana Berger said:

    "These figures show how the Tories have utterly failed to tackle the chronic staff shortages facing the NHS. As we approach yet another winter crisis, our hospitals remain understaffed meaning more cancelled appointments and worsening patient care.

    "For years the Conservatives have ignored the NHS staffing crisis and now they are proposing to make it even worse. The Conservative's Nurse Tax will hit the NHS's ability to recruit the nurses from the EU that we desperately need to address current shortfalls.

    "Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future where the NHS has the staff it needs and patients receive the care they need. We will stop Brexit and invest in the NHS by raising £7 billion a year from a penny on income tax; using a proportion of this investment to tackle urgent workforce shortages."

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    A report by the Resolution Foundation has found the Liberal Democrats' policies would mean 600,000 fewer children in poverty by 2023-24, making it the most progressive of the three main parties.

    The report also found child poverty risks reaching a record high under Conservative plans.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Tim Farron commented:

    "This report is a damning indictment of the Tories' heartless welfare policy, which is leading to soaring levels of child poverty across the country.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and invest billions of pounds from the Remain bonus in building a brighter future for those struggling in our society. We would scrap the cruel two-child limit, benefit cap and bedroom tax, and invest in free school meals and childcare for millions of families.

    "As the Resolution Foundation recognises, we have the most progressive policy of all the major parties, focused on ensuring everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from."

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Responding to the Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis of the three main parties' manifestos, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Ed Davey said:

    "This damning assessment shows that neither the Tories or Labour have a credible plan for the economy. Both are failing to come clean with the electorate and ignoring the Brexit black hole their plans would leave in the public finances. Everyone knows you can't have something for nothing, but both the Tories and Labour are pretending you can.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats are being frank about your money and how we'd spend it. We will stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain bonus in tackling inequality, improving our vital public services and strengthening the economy. We are being up front with the British people that investing properly in our NHS and social care will mean all chipping in a little more, by putting a penny on income tax to raise £7 billion a year."

  • Sam Gyimah and Jo Swinson
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    A Liberal Democrats Government would increase the minimum wage by 20 per cent for zero-hour contract employees and introduce a raft of policies to create a working environment that protects employees.

    The new, higher minimum wage for those on zero-hours contracts will seek to compensate workers for the uncertainty of fluctuating incomes.

    As part of their plan for the future of work, the Liberal Democrats will also promise to establish a new 'dependent contractor' employment status for workers tied to one employer, which enshrines rights such as minimum earnings, sick pay and holiday entitlement.

    The party will also give workers the right to request a fixed-hours contract after 12 months, which could not be unreasonably refused.

    Sam Gyimah, Liberal Democrat Shadow Business Secretary, said:

    "The Tories are gambling with our economic future which would make workers in the gig economy vulnerable to the consequences of a damaging and destructive Brexit.

    "The Liberal Democrats, as the natural party of business, will improve pay and enshrine rights and protections for gig workers.

    "The Liberal Democrats will create a brighter future for those who do so much to support how we live our lives today, while making sure innovative business models can flourish in the modern economy."

  • Liz Jarvis and supporters, Bitterne Park Triangle
    Article: Nov 25, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Southampton Itchen Liz Jarvis is leading the fight against the expansion of Southampton Airport in the constituency, and is urging concerned residents to sign our petition.


    Liz Jarvis
    said:

    "I have spoken to numerous Itchen residents and received lots of letters from concerned residents who will be directly impacted by the noise and pollution from the airport expansion.

    "We are listening to the views of local people who are concerned about the environmental impact of this airport expansion.

    "We want to see local jobs created by investment in the green economy rather than anything that will impact on people's health and wellbeing.

    "I would urge everyone to sign our petition, to send a clear message that we have had enough of business interests taking precedence over the lives and health of the people of this city, and this country."
  • Article: Nov 21, 2019