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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.


  • Lidl proposal, Brownhill Way
    Article: May 17, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    A public consultation is being held today on plans for a new Lidl supermarket at the junction of Brownhill Way and Frogmore Lane, just inside the City boundaries in Redbridge ward.

    The event is taking place between 10am and 7pm today, at Nursling and Rownhams Village Hall.

    Redbridge Spokesperson Simon Stokes said:

    "I'm extremely disappointed that notice of the public consultation was given so late - a tactic residents have experienced with Lidl's Bannister Road plans. It is likely to mean a great many people will not have the opportunity to scrutinise and comment on the proposals before Lidl submit a formal planning application.

    "The promise of new jobs and greater local consumer choice are to be welcomed, but there are other issues that nearby residents will be concerned about.

    "As a local resident I use Brownhill Way daily, and I know from experience how bad the traffic can be on that road; at peak times the tailback on the eastbound side often extends as far back as the M271 junction. I'm concerned that the proposals as they exist now fail to adequately address this.

    "I will attend the consultation this evening, and I would encourage others to do so too.

    "I would also urge Lidl to hold another consultation prior to submitting their application, with a more reasonable notice period."

  • Campaign: Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse (Twitter) (Twitter)
    Article: May 17, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Responding to the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt's final report on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:

    "It is time for the Government to act. Ministers must now fully and swiftly implement the recommendations in Dame Hackitt's report.

    "The current building regulation system is completely broken. There is a fundamental lack of accountability and enforcement within building regulations. This must be tackled if we are to witness real change in building safety.

    "For proper accountability, the Government must ensure that there is a named qualified individual responsible for signing off on the safety of high rise buildings.

    "The time when builders and developers can simply specify and sign off their own work must come to an end."

    Southampton Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Simon Stokes added:

    "Dame Hackitt's report is, on the whole, to be welcomed. However some, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), believe its recommendations do not go far enough to ensure the safety of residential tower blocks and their residents.

    "I have today written to the Cabinet Member for Housing at Southampton City Council, and asked him to confirm whether on not RIBA's additional recommendations will be considered by the Council as part of any current or future retro-fitting or construction projects of residential tower blocks in the city."

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: May 16, 2018

    Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's call for the Tories to make way for Labour to lead the Brexit negotiations at PMQs today, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

    "Jeremy Corbyn has well and truly nailed his colours to the Brexit mast.

    "He has let down Labour voters who backed him to deliver a fresh start. Instead, he is offering the same as the Tories; infighting and confusion over the future of the UK's customs arrangements and single market membership.

    "The only way to ensure the people have the final say on the deal, and an exit from Brexit, is to back the Liberal Democrats."

  • Article: May 9, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Our local election candidates have taken to social media in recent days to thank our supporters, families, friends, and everyone that voted for us on May 3rd.

  • Article: May 4, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    I'd like to thank the thousands of people across Southampton who put their trust in us and supported their local Liberal Democrat candidate. We have regained third place across the city, and regained second place in Portswood.

    We had our most energetic and committed slate of candidates for years, all of whom attended the election count, and fully supported our city-wide campaign throughout this last year. I'd like to thank them, and our army of members and supporters who were so active all across our city.

    This was our best campaign for over a decade and I'm proud of all of our energy, positivity, and commitment to the areas we seek to represent. I'm proud to be part of this fantastic team.

    Nationally, our performance was much more heartening - strengthening our positions on councils in Hull, Gosport, Liverpool and others, and winning control of Richmond and Kingston. We have won seats in Remain and Leave voting areas up and down the country and, as our leader Vince Cable says, we have shown that we can win anywhere.

    Our Southampton team will continue to work hard, and hold the Labour administration, and councillors of all parties, to account. We will continue to work hard all year round and I am confident that this hard work will find its reward.

    Despite not being elected, your local Lib Dem campaigners will continue to assist and represent you. Please get in touch with us if there are any issues in your local area that you would like us to address.

    James Read
    Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats

  • Article: May 4, 2018

    Commenting on last night's local election results, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

    "We are on course for what could be our best set of local election results in a decade and that is thanks to the outstanding efforts of our members. The Liberal Democrats have enjoyed gains across England, from Hull to Gosport, Liverpool to West Oxfordshire, Sunderland to Richmond - in both Leave areas and Remain. We have shown that we can win anywhere.

    "These results show a return to three party politics and a strong future for the Liberal Democrats. We stand as the only party fighting for an exit from brexit, and are making gains against both a Conservative party driven by their right wing, and a left wing Labour party absorbed by Corbyn's dated economic vision.

    "And there is still much to look forward to today, with more gains to come. These elections represent an important step in our re-establishment as a political force."

  • Article: May 3, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    "Liberal Democrats want to give the British people the opportunity to #ExitFromBrexit, with a referendum on the final deal, including an option to remain.

    "That's why I joined the party," says Freemantle candidate Alexander Clifton-Melhuish.

    "I'm proud to have been named as the 'anti-Brexit tactical vote' (#ABTV) candidate for Freemantle at the forthcoming Southampton City Council elections. A vote for Labour or Conservatives is a vote to endorse Brexit.

    "If, like me, you believe the UK should continue to benefit from our membership of the European Union, then the choice is clear: vote Liberal Democrat today."

  • Article: May 3, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Today is polling day in the Southampton City Council elections.

    Every vote for your Southampton Liberal Democrat candidate will make a difference, and help us to implement our fully costed plans, including:

    ● re-introducing a Community Champions Team to tackle neighbourhood blight & anti-social behaviour

  • Article: May 2, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Thursday May 3rd is polling day in the Southampton City Council elections.

    Every vote for your Southampton Liberal Democrat candidate will make a difference, and help us to implement our fully costed plans, including:

    ● re-introducing a Community Champions Team to tackle neighbourhood blight & anti-social behaviour

  • Adrian Ford for Portswood
    Article: May 2, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Local Transport Spokesperson and Portswood candidate Adrian Ford has reiterated his commitment to campaigning for improvements to Southampton's cycling network, as Liberal Democrats commit additional funding to pro-cyclng measures.

    Adrian says:

    "In our fully costed budget, presented to the council in February 2018 and available to read on our website, we committed £1M of extra capital expenditure for cycling and incorporating cycling and public transport considerations into the city-wide development, transport and housing plans.

    "This would be allocated to building new or improving existing cycleways across the city and prioritising pothole repairs to protect cyclists safety.

    "This is in addition to existing revenues that Labour have already dedicated to spend on cycling.

    "I would also work with local cyclists and my Liberal Democrat colleagues to deliver meaningful developments that improve cycling in Southampton."

    To support our efforts to improve cycling infrastructure and participation in Southampton, please remember to VOTE for you Liberal Democrat candidate THIS THURSDAY, May 3rd.