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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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.

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  • Demand Better - transport_Park & Ride
    Article: Oct 23, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    The 'traffic chaos' currently being endured by road users in Southampton could be avoided in future with the introduction of a 'Park & Ride' service, say Southampton Liberal Democrats.

    Multiple engineering works in and around the city have brought many routes to a virtual standstill over recent weeks. The problem has been felt particularly badly in the west of the city, along Redbridge Road and the M271. Traffic is being diverted through residential areas, including along Brownhill Way, leading to virtual gridlock at peak times.

    Ironically, a plan to construct a new health campus and Park & Ride facility for hospital staff at Adanac Park, off of Brownhill Way, has already been put to public consultation.

    Local Transport Spokesperson Adrian Ford comments:

    "The Labour-run City Council clearly didn't have the foresight to anticipate the effect these concurrent roadworks would have on traffic flow in and around the city. If they had, our roads wouldn't have blocked up like they have.

    "If cities like Winchester, Salisbury and Portsmouth can find the money and political will to make Park & Ride services available, then surely Southampton City Council can do the same.

    "There's never any fresh thinking from Labour, only more plodding and pedestrian politics, and empty apologies when it all goes wrong.

    "The people of Southampton deserve better, and demand better, than the service they're getting from this Labour council."

    Please sign our petition in support of Park & Ride facilities for Southampton: soton.lib.dm/ParkandRide

  • Demand Better - transport_Park & Ride
    Article: Oct 18, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats are calling on Southampton City Council to create 'Park & Ride' facilities for the city, to reduce traffic in the city centre and improve local air quality.

    Cities including Portsmouth, Winchester and Salisbury already have Park & Ride services used by locals and visitors, whilst a new Park & Ride facility for hospital staff has been announced for part of the Adanac Park site just off the M271 on the outskirts of Southampton.

    Environment Spokesperson Alexander Clifton-Melhuish comments:

    "Southampton desperately needs to tackle its poor air quality. However, it is abundantly clear that the Labour-run council is pursuing a Clean Air strategy that will, at best, just about meet legal minimum requirements, whilst offering workers, visitors and residents few viable alternatives to driving into the city centre.

    "Liberal Democrats demand better than the timid proposals laid out by Labour in the Clean Air Zone consultation.

    "Rather than charging some vehicles to drive in the city, as Labour are planning, we believe the Council should offer a viable, affordable alternative to drivers - namely, a Park & Ride".

    Please sign our petition in support of Park & Ride facilities for Southampton: soton.lib.dm/ParkandRide

  • Mixed plastics recycling bank - Portswood
    Article: Oct 17, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats are disappointed to learn that the mixed plastic recycling banks installed across the city are to be scrapped by the Labour-run City Council.

    In response to the news, Environment Spokesperson Alexander Clifton-Melhuish said:

    "This is deeply disappointing. The scheme was well used by residents, and during its run successfully diverted many tonnes of recyclable materials from landfill.

    "Now, all of those resources will be literally going up in smoke - as they'll be shipped off for incineration.

    "This will do nothing to improve Southampton's woeful recycling record - the city is ranked 321 out of 350 councils.

    "We must demand better than this poor service from Labour".

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018
  • Parliament (hero_parliament)
    Article: Oct 10, 2018

    The Government's Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK.

    In the future we might have a Government who are prepared to ride roughshod over our freedoms as citizens.

  • Survey: Sep 27, 2018
    21 questions

    The Southampton Liberal Democrats want to know what is important to you. This survey is for you to tell us what issues and problems in your area are causing you difficulty, so that we can better represent our community and fight for the things that matter to you.

    Please make sure to provide your address so we know which area the problems you have reported are in, and so that we can get back to you about any specific problems you have raised.

  • Mixed plastics recycling banks full
    Article: Aug 21, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats


    Southampton's Labour-run council are failing the city's residents on recycling, say Liberal Democrat campaigners.


    Pictures taken over the last two weeks by Southampton Liberal Democrats reveal that the demand to use the mixed plastic recycling banks is so great that some residents have had to leave their recyclable materials beside the over-stuffed bins, leaving an unsightly mess that council staff cannot seem to keep up with.

    Freemantle campaigner Alexander Clifton-Melhuish comments:

    "It's encouraging to see that Southampton's residents are going out of their way to use these communal recycling facilities.

    "Unfortunately, it's clear to see that Southampton Labour don't have enough faith in their own scheme to keep those facilities clean, or cater to the obvious demand from residents.


    "When people are making an effort to use these recycling banks, the very least the Labour-controlled council can do is to make an effort themselves to ensure that the bins are emptied regularly.

    "Perhaps it is time that that these plastics were included in the kerbside recycling? It would certainly improve Southampton's dismal record on recycling."

    Labour's record on recycling is woeful: the City Council has been ranked 321 out of 350 local authorities in terms of recycling rates - putting us in the bottom 10% of the country.

    Earlier this year, an independent report found that the city only recycles 28% of our waste. In contrast, Liberal Democrat-run Eastleigh Borough Council sends more than 40% of its household waste for recycling.

    Bitterne Park campaigner James Read adds:

    "We've had issues with flytipping in Woodmill car park in the past, but in this instance people are trying to do the right thing by bringing their plastics to be recycled.

    "It's ironic that in a week where we've seen the council fine households for 'failing to manage their waste', the council have spectacularly failed to manage their own bins.

    "Residents pay their council tax and rightly expect that they'll be able to use these recycling banks. If Labour can't get them emptied quickly enough, just what are they spending our money on?

  • Southampton votes to REMAIN
    Article: Aug 15, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats


    New research suggests that the will of the people of Southampton has changed, and the majority would now prefer the UK to remain a member of the European Union.

    Research commissioned by the campaign groups Best for Britain and Hope Not Hate published on Sunday 12 August in The Observer shows that 112 constituencies that voted to leave the European Union in the referendum of June 2016 would now vote to remain in the European Union.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2018
  • Catherine Bearder MEP and Cllr Antony Hook
    Article: Aug 7, 2018
    Autumn Conference is a great opportunity to get back into the swing of campaigning after what has been an incredible summer. We plan to offer excellent training, as usual, and host some lively debates. Keep an eye on our website for further updates once the conference schedule gets finalised.

    Autumn Regional Conference will be held on Saturday 13th October, from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm, at The Forest School, Robin Hood Lane, Winnersh, Wokingham, RG41 5NE.