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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!

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

  • James Read
    Article: Oct 21, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats are urging Southampton City Council not to approve an application for a diesel-burning power station in Millbrook.

    The site in Southampton Docks was previously earmarked for a controversial biomass-fuelled power station, which was scrapped in the wake of fierce local opposition.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Our Autumn Regional Conference is being held this weekend, Saturday, 22nd October at Thornden Hall Performing Arts Centre, Thornden School, Winchester Road, Chandler's Ford, Hampshire SO53 2DW.

    Speakers this year include;

    • Sal Brinton - Party President
    • Sir Vince Cable - former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2015 and the Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1997 until 2015
    • Baroness Lynne Featherstone - was the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green between 2005 and 2015 and a former member of the London Assembly
    • Lord Jonny Oates - former Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader on Kingston-upon-Thames council; he has also been the Director of Policy and Communications for the Lib Dems and Chief of Staff for Nick Clegg when he was deputy Prime Minister.
    • Baroness Sharon Bowles - former South East region MEP and Chair of the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee
    • Catherine Bearder MEP - South East Region MEP and President of the Green Liberal Democrats
  • Southampton Liberal Democrats campaigning in the Witney by-election, with Party President Sal Brinton
    Article: Oct 20, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Best of luck to Liz Leffman, who is hoping to replace former PM David Cameron as MP for the Oxfordshire seat of Witney.

    Many of our Southampton team volunteered in the campaign, with several making the trip up the A34 (some multiple times!) to help out on the ground.

    Local activist Thomas Gravatt notes:

  • Southampton Liberal Democrats logo
    Article: Oct 19, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Thanks to everyone who has already completed our "Air Quality & Proposed Diesel-Fuelled Power Station" survey.

    In order to gather as representative a sample of opinion as we can, please share our survey with anyone you know who lives or works in Southampton. The Labour-run council could approve this diesel-burning power station as soon as next week.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2016

    Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling today which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.

  • Southampton Liberal Democrats campaigning in the Witney by-election, with Party President Sal Brinton
    Article: Oct 14, 2016
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats are helping pile on the pressure as the main challengers to the Tories in the Witney by-election.

    The by-election was caused by the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron, following the Brexit vote in the referendum in June.

    "Bookmakers have slashed the odds on the Lib Dems winning from 20 to 1, to 12 to 1 and in one case 8 to 1" explains former politics lecturer Simon Foster, who used to live in Witney before moving to Southampton. "Meanwhile, Labour and UKIP's odds have risen to 100/1. Both are therefore effectively out of the race."

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016
    By Ben Curd, Southampton Liberal Democrats

    I grew up in a mixed race family. I have been fortunate in my upbringing and education, and have never paid much attention to a person's race or background. As far as I am concerned the concept of 'us' and 'them' is alien; if you are sharing this little rainy island with me then surely there is only WE.

  • Survey: Oct 12, 2016
    7 questions

    In the next few weeks, Southampton's Labour-run council are set to approve a new diesel-fuelled power plant in Southampton Docks, on a site that was previously earmarked for a controversial biomass power plant - eventually scrapped through public pressure.

    Located in the Docks just off of the Millbrook Roundabout, the power plant will have a negative effect on already-poor air quality along the A33 corridor linking the city centre with the M271.

  • #BetterWithoutBrexit sportscar
    Article: Oct 12, 2016
  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Oct 12, 2016

    Commenting on plans unveiled by the government that businesses will be forced to reveal how many foreign staff they employ, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "The Government's plan on foreign workers is a nasty little policy that deserves to be thrown out on the rubbish heap. This threatens to further stoke the resentment that has seen increases in hate crime across our country. Only the Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.