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Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit

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  • Labour Brexit fudge
    Article: Jul 10, 2019

    Responding to the latest potential shift in Labour Brexit policy, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

    "The unions seem to have moved to a position to support Liberal Democrat policy to stop a Tory Brexit. However, a Labour Brexit would be no better. Labour must rule out their Brexit-supporting leader negotiating their own Brexit deal.

    "Liberal Democrats have been clear for three years on our policy for Brexit. We will keep fighting to stop Brexit.

    "Even now, after millions of remainers have deserted them, Labour manage only a fudge."

    Join our campaign to stop Brexit: I want an Exit from Brexit

  • Demand Better - Air Quality
    Article: Jun 21, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Four months after Southampton Labour Party announced their Green City Charter to their own fanfare, we finally got to find out what's in it following its formal launch at Southampton City Council yesterday.

    It contains some significant aspirations, which Southampton Liberal Democrats support. The commitment set out in the Charter to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 is vital; the city must do its share in combatting climate change. Likewise, the wish for World Health Organisation limits on NOx to be met and be the norm for air quality by 2025.

    However, it is all rather light on detail on how the aspirations will be achieved. Warm words may read well, but they won't bring about radical change.

    For a city that cannot even provide holistic plastic recycling and kitchen waste composting, it seems the Council is doing everything it can to push all responsibility onto residents themselves. In addition, we should not forget that the Council diluted its plans for a Clean Air Zone following opposition from the distinctly environmentally-unfriendly Conservatives. Moreover, it's still not clear whether or not Southampton City Council has declared a climate change emergency.

    Southampton Liberal Democrats call for a greater sense of urgency in the Labour Council's environmental policies. The city needs leadership not tentativeness.

    Alexander Clifton-Melhuish, Southampton Liberal Democrats' Environment spokesperson, commented:

    "The Green City Charter rightly places responsibility for addressing climate change with every member of the city, asking for voluntary commitments from residents, businesses and organisations. But without a plan to actually achieve its aims, and clear support for the residents and small businesses they're asking to sign up, the Labour-run Council are setting up the city to fail.

    We cannot make our whole city carbon neutral without everyone, so how will the Council ensure that everyone is involved?"

    Richard Blackman, Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats, added:

    "We support the Green City Charter in as far as it goes. However, we want to see more radical measures to bring about significant change.

    As such we stand ready to cooperate with other parties to build support for the action on climate change and the environmental progress that the people of Southampton want to see".

  • Pint & Politics 12-6-18
    Article: May 30, 2019

    Join us for our June Pint & Politics social!

    On the back of our achievements in the local and European elections in May (16 votes from a council seat, then three MEPs and second largest vote in Southampton - beating the Conservatives AND Labour!!!), we're rolling into a summer of activities - beginning here in June.

    Please come along and help us celebrate, share your stories from the campaign trail, and learn about how we intend to build on our momentum locally.

    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.

  • Lib Dems' three new MEPs for SE England Region, Judith Bunting, Catherine Bearder and Antony Hook
    Article: May 29, 2019
    By Richard Blackman

    A surge in support in the European Parliamentary elections for the Liberal Democrats in Southampton - up 16% from 2014 - to 22% means that we are now the largest anti-Brexit party in the city.

    With the Greens on 14% and Change UK on 4% the results also mean that Remain parties in Southampton outpolled the no-deal Brexit backers of the Brexit Party and Ukip by 40% to 36%.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: May 29, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat MEPs have elected Catherine Bearder MEP as the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament following the first meeting of the MEP group today.

    Following the best ever European Election result in the party's history, Catherine Bearder MEP will lead a group of 16 Liberal Democrat MEPs as the party continues to campaign to stop Brexit.

    Speaking after the announcement, Catherine Bearder MEP said:

    "I am delighted to be elected as the leader for the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament.

    "Our main priority will be to stop Brexit and with 16 MEPs we will ensure our message is heard loud and clear in Brussels.

    "We will also fight for those EU and UK citizens who were denied a vote on this election."

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable MP added:

    "Catherine led the charge for British liberalism in Brussels during a difficult five years for the party.

    "She has consistently kept the Remain flame alight, as well as being a leading voice on environmental protection and the fight against wildlife trafficking.

    "With a firm grasp of how the EU institutions work, and how to get things done, I know she will lead our new team of 16 with distinction. She has a group with an impressive body of experience in the European Parliament to complement the talent of our many new MEPs.

    "We are now the second largest liberal delegation in the European Parliament, and I look forward to our MEPs making a real mark as the Union sets its agenda and chooses a new Commission for the coming five years."

  • Vince Cable Celebrating English Local Election Success
    Article: May 24, 2019

    Last night, the British people finished voting in the European elections. The fallout is there for all to see, with the Prime Minister finally conceding this morning that she has reached the end of the road.

    Our campaigning over the last three years has kept the cause of remaining in the European Union alive, and I now believe we have a strong chance of stopping Brexit. When the votes are counted on Sunday, I expect us to do well.

  • Article: May 23, 2019
  • Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit
    Article: May 22, 2019

    Southampton Liberal Democrats rallied outside the Civic Centre on Saturday with our Stop Brexit banner ahead of the European elections on Thursday 23rd May.

    According to Best for Britain polling, the Lib Dems are set to win at least two MEPs in the South East of England on Thursday: https://www.bestforbritain.org/vote

    Catherine Bearder MEP, who joined the rally said:

    "Just like Southampton Football Club will stay in the Premier League next season, we want to keep the UK in the EU and not demote ourselves to the fringes of world politics where we will be totally ignored.

    "Our message on Thursday is very clear: a Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit."

    Local activist and Southampton resident James Read said:

    "The feedback I'm getting from the doorstep is that people are fed up of Brexit and just want it to stop. It doesn't matter whether someone voted Leave or Remain, we just want to put this behind us and get on with our lives.

    "I urge voters to back the Lib Dems so that we can stop Brexit for good."

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    While the Tories, Labour, and Nigel Farage have been stitching up the Brexit they've been aiming for, young people have been ignored - despite our generation being the one most affected by this disastrous Brexit.

    But we're standing up and fighting. Young Liberals are calling for the renewal of the promise of a better future for our generation, tackling the climate disaster, funding education, and preserving our freedoms as Europeans. Watch our video to find out more.

  • Labour is a Brexit Party
    Article: May 15, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats today unveiled an election poster slamming Jeremy Corbyn for spending time helping the Tories deliver Brexit rather than doing anything to Stop Brexit.

    According to analysis of the parliamentary record by the Liberal Democrats, the Labour party whipped either to abstain or to vote with the Conservative Government on a total of 29 key Brexit votes.

    The poster, launched by Liberal Democrat MPs Jo Swinson and Ed Davey, comes as the Labour party descended into another row over its Brexit position.

    Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey said:

    "The single biggest issue people are concerned about at these European elections is the mess and chaos Brexit will cause.

    "Despite being just days before poll, the Labour leadership is still caught in infighting over whether the party stands for Remainers or not. The hard truth is this; Jeremy Corbyn has aided and abetted this Tory Brexit mess. Corbyn is a friend to the Tories, not Remainers.

    "Every vote for his Labour party is a vote for Brexit. The choice is therefore clear. If you want to stop Brexit then vote for the strongest remain party - the Liberal Democrats."

    Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson said:

    "The Liberal Democrats are familiar recipients of accusations of fence-sitting, but I'd like to take this chance to officially crown Jeremy Corbyn as champion of that particular past-time in this Parliament.

    "The Labour Party have committed to sitting on the fence on Brexit with such ferocity that when the cross-party talks finally end, I can only assume that their frontbench will have to take a leave of absence in order to remove the enormous number of splinters they'll have acquired in their collective backsides.

    "I'm proud that the Liberal Democrats stand in stark contrast, standing unambigiously as the party who wants to stop Brexit. So if you want to stop Brexit too, don't waste your vote on the Labour party's Brexit fudge, vote for the Liberal Democrats on 23rd May and help us to deliver a People's Vote with the option of remaining in the EU."