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News

  • Pint & Politics 11-7-18
    Article: Jul 5, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Pint & Politics on tour makes its way to Shirley!

    This month at Santo Lounge on Shirley High Street, at 7.30pm on the 18th July.

    Meet fellow Lib Dems for a chat about politics, campaigns, other news or anything you like really, fuelled with your beverage of choice.

    Members, non-members and supporters welcome!

  • Lib Dem EU flag
    Article: Jun 28, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Tories to produce a realistic plan for Brexit. Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

    "The marked lack of progress in negotiations will overshadow May's trip to Brussels. At this point in negotiations all parties expected considerable progress. Time is running out.

  • Judith Jolly
    Article: Jun 22, 2018

    Responding to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond's Mansion House speech in which he acknowledges the need to raise taxes to fund the NHS, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Baroness Judith Jolly said:

    "After finally admitting that the NHS needs investment, it is clear the Tories have no clue where this money is coming from, where is it going or how it will be spent.

    "The Tories are cobbling together a plan for the NHS as they go. The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a concrete plan for funding the NHS and social care. A penny on the pound of income tax would provide an instant cash injection that would alleviate the acute crisis gripping our health and social care services."

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats
  • NHS Logo
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to detail exactly how they plan on funding the £20 billion NHS cash injection. Responding to May's speech, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:

    "The Government has missed a golden opportunity to work with other parties to come up with a transparent and properly-funded plan for the NHS and social care. Instead, they have shamelessly misled the public with the myth of a 'Brexit Dividend', which simply doesn't exist.

    "The Tories' promise of a £20 billion cash injection rings hollow with no clarity as to where the money will come from. The IFS and the King's Fund have also said that it won't be enough to deliver a modern NHS that treats people with mental and physical ill health equally.

    "In her speech May called for a more efficient NHS, but this will be impossible to achieve when none of the new funding is going towards social care, public health or prevention.

    "This is not the long-term plan that the NHS and social care need. To achieve this, the Government must accept the need to work with others to find a solution which offers sustainable funding.

    The Lib Dems are the only party putting forward an immediate 1p increase in income tax - which would raise an additional £6bn a year."

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Jun 13, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake has warned that the Government's climbdown on a 'meaningful vote' could be nothing more than a 'meaningless process'. Mr Brake said:

    "At the 59th minute of the 11th hour, as has become a tradition in Brexit negotiations, the Tories have been forced to cobble together a compromise.

    "Time will tell as to whether this is just another attempt to buy off the rebels or a real attempt at consensus. But if we face the prospect of a 'meaningless process' rather than a 'meaningful vote', Parliament will be enraged.

    "Ultimately, this process started with the people and should end with the people. Liberal Democrats will therefore continue to campaign for the people to have the final say on the deal, and an opportunity to Exit from Brexit."

    Support our campaign for an Exit from Brexit here.

  • Lib Dem EU flag
    Article: Jun 12, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake has called on MPs to add their signatures to the EU Withdrawal Bill Amendment 19a to give people the final say on the Brexit deal.

    Mr Brake warned that "history is watching" and encouraged MPs to use this "last chance" to add their names in the final 24 hours before the deadline on Tuesday 12th June.

    As well as Liberal Democrat MPs, a number of Labour and Plaid MPs and Caroline Lucas (Green) are supporting the amendment.



    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said

    "Now is the time for MPs who have campaigned for the people to have the final say to put their money where their mouth is and add their support to this cross-party amendment.

    "Brexit is not living up to what the Leave campaign promised. It is threatening jobs, the economy and Britain's place in the world.

    "That is why it is so important that the people have the final say on the deal, and an option to remain in the EU. MPs have their chance to make this a reality by backing amendment 19a."

    A list of MPs who are supporting amendment 19 (a) so far is below. Others have indicated their support, should the amendment be pressed to a vote.

    Tom Brake
    Vince Cable
    Tim Farron
    Edward Davey
    Wera Hobhouse
    Layla Moran
    Jamie Stone
    Caroline Lucas
    Jonathan Edwards
    Jo Swinson
    Owen Smith
    Alastair Carmichael
    Christine Jardine
    Norman Lamb
    Geraint Davies
    Hywel Williams
    Catherine West
    Neil Coyle
    Mike Gapes

  • Tim Farron (By JackWilfred (Tim Farron 02, July 2016.jpg) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jun 9, 2018

    Former Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called for the Government to 'get the ball rolling' as Labour declare their support for safe standing.

    Mr Farron said:


    "The Liberal Democrats have had a safe standing game plan for years. Labour are just arriving in the 90th minute.

    "But at least Labour finally know the score. Let's hope that their support proves to be a game-changer.

    "It is time the Tories got the ball rolling and allowed clubs to introduce safe standing at matches."

  • Lib Dem LGBT +
    Article: May 24, 2018

    Speaking ahead of the 30th anniversary of Section 28 which prevented schools from promoting homosexuality, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran called on the Government to make Sex and Relationships Education fully LGBT+ inclusive.

    Earlier this week Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced that all schools in Wales will teach a new sex and relationships curriculum which will include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex topics, as well as issues of sexual consent and prevention of violence against women.

    Layla Moran said:

    "In coalition Government in Wales, Liberal Democrats have made sure that sex education is fit for purpose in the modern age. Teachers will be given the proper training to provide high quality education about healthy relationships, sexuality, gender, consent and abuse which covers all gender identities and sexual orientations.

    "The Government in Westminster must now follow suit and make sure that our children get age-appropriate education on sex and relationships too. Crucially this must include teaching around LGBT+ sex and relationships.

  • 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."