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Your Liberal Democrat Candidates for Southampton City Council

Benjamin Curd for Bargate Richard Blackman for Bassett Vijay Chopra for Bevois Olivia Reed for Bitterne James Read for Bitterne Park Amy Greenwood for Coxford Alexander Clifton-Melhuish for Freemantle Colin McDougall for Harefield Andy Beal for Millbrook Rob Naish for Peartree Adrian Ford for Portswood Simon Stokes for Redbridge Peter Galton for Shirley Phillip Mackin for Sholing Paul Clarke for Swaythling Sam Harris for Woolston

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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.


  • Simon Stokes for Redbridge
    Article: Apr 26, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Hi Simon, please let us know a little about yourself.

    Hello. I live in Redbridge ward with my wife, who works at the University of Southampton, and young son. I completed a Masters degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where I also Chaired the student Lib Dem society.

    I've campaigned on a variety of issues in Southampton, including stopping fluoride being added to our drinking water, getting potholes fixed, supporting a regeneration scheme that works for residents, trying to stop the inappropriate development at Test Lane, and campaigning for the UK to remain a powerful member of the European Union.

    I've been the Liberal Democrat candidate for Redbridge since 2010, and I'm also our local spokesperson on Housing.

  • nurse
    Article: Apr 25, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Responding to reports that Brexit has caused significant numbers of nurses and midwives from Europe to quit the NHS last year Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, Tom Brake said:

    "These figures are deeply concerning. Our health service has been built and is maintained by the hard work of people from not just the UK but around the world. It is terrible that this Tory Brexit is making some people feel less welcome here.

    "Many Brexit voters supported leaving the EU on the promise of more money for the health service. There cannot be a stronger reason for the public to have a final say on the deal, than the fact we can now see the harm Brexit does to our NHS."

    Local Health Spokesperson and Bitterne Park candidate James Read added:

    "I've spoken previously of my concerns about leaving the EU, and the impact that will have on our nurse numbers. Regretably, the Conservatives have failed to do anything to address this issue, and now we see that thousands of nurses are leaving the profession. This leaves our NHS under huge stress.

    "The NHS will never recieve the £350million promised by now-discredited Leave campaigners. In fact, the government's own report shows that Theresa May's preferred 'bespoke Brexit' will COST £615million MORE than the status quo - the equivalent of 22% of the annual budget of the NHS.

    "Remain-supporting MPs - which were the majority of the House of Commons before the referendum - need to have the backbone to put a stop to this. Unfortunately, Labour and the Conservatives are supporting Brexit like it's the only game in town.

    "Voters have a choice this May - they can vote for either of the main Brexit-supporting parties and doom the NHS, or they can get behind us and vote Liberal Democrat on May 3rd"

  • Paul Clarke for Swaythling
    Article: Apr 25, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Hi Paul, please let us know a little about yourself.

    Hello, I was born in Southampton, living on Broadlands Road in my early years. I now live in Bassett Green, which is in Swaythling ward. I went to Portswood School, Cantell School, Barton Peveril College, then Nottingham University and Southampton University. I work as a tutor, teaching maths. Outside of politics and work, I enjoy exercise, occasionally kayaking on the river, and board gaming, I'm also learning Spanish and coding Python.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    During our time running Southampton City Council, Southampton Liberal Democrats were able to implement a number of key initiatives that helped improve the experience of living and working in Southampton.

    Achievements & Campaigns:

    • Initiated programme of street light replacement and upgrading throughout the city.
    • Launched an £18.5 millions scheme to reverse years of neglect of our highways. Have consistently put forward the highest funding for road and pavement repairs.
    • Consistently implemented or advocated below-inflation Council Tax increases.
    • Lead the way on campaigning for stronger powers to manage the spread of Houses in Multiple Occupation.
    • Backing the campaign to save the children's heart unit at Southampton General Hospital.
    • Oppose the proposed Millbrook biomass plant on environmental and aesthetic grounds.
    • Played a key part in preventing the Conservative Administration from selling works of art from the City Art Gallery.
    • Championed the new Arts Complex on the former Tyrell and Green site.
    • Launched major initiatives to combat Anti-Social Behaviour, including more City Patrol officers, and better funding for City Safety and the Youth Service.
    • Invested in Improvements to Local Areas, including shopping parades and street cleaning.
    • Opened up all Council meetings so key decisions would be made in public after consultation (since largely reversed by the Conservatives).
    • Campaigned against distribution of free alcohol samples for young people in the City Centre.
    • Increased recycling from 11% to 35% (since declined to 24%).
    • Oversaw essential secondary school re-organisation and initiated primary schools review.
    • Led the campaign in Southampton for adequate powers to manage the spread of Houses in Multiple Occupation.
  • Article: Apr 20, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    More Southampton Liberal Democrat candidates for the Southampton City Council elections on May 3rd have received backing from the pro-EU movement, having been endorsed as the only official anti-Brexit tactical vote (#ABTV) candidate in their respective wards.

    Campaigning organisation @48PercentPlus has endorsed Peter Galton in Shirley, and Paul Clarke in Swaythling, adding to our roster of #ABTV candidates.

    Peter Galton, candidate for Shirley, remarked:

    "My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I, alongside supporters of other political parties and none, campaigned on the positive case to remain a member of the EU, and to continue receiving all the benefits that provided. The vote didn't go our way in 2016, but that hasn't stopped us from continuing to make the case that the UK is stronger, safer, and better-off as a member of the European Union.

    "Now that Labour and the Conservatives are toeing the UKIP line on Brexit, many Remain voters that previously supported those parties are considering their options. I hope this anti-Brexit tactical vote (#ABTV) endorsement will help me persuade some of those people to lend me their vote on May 3rd."

  • HGV issues in Portswood
    Article: Apr 18, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Portswood Liberal Democrat candidate Adrian Ford, in co-operation with the local Green Party, has taken up the issue of heavy lorries using Kent road on behalf of local residents. Adrian has met with the most senior City Council officer whose responsibilities cover this issue, who has agreed to work with residents to seek a solution.

    Adrian says:

    "Heavy goods vehicles should not be allowed to use narrow residential roads like Kent Road, Aberdeen Road and Priory Road on a regular basis. That's why I am determined to fight for a size and weight limit for all vehicles using these roads."

    "Local residents that I have spoken with report vibrations that have caused serious damage to some of the houses and the roads, as well as lorries using the roads in the middle of the night."

    At a recent residents' meeting local councillors and Southern Water offered their support.

    Adrian says:

    "By working together we can achieve the best possible outcome for the residents."

  • Alexander Clifton-Melhuish addresses Western Docks Consultation Forum
    Article: Apr 17, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Freemantle Alexander Clifton-Melhuish presented the Lib Dem's case for election to the Western Docks Consultation Forum on Thursday 12 April.

    Alexander says:

    "Living just across the road from the Docks, I know that they're not exactly ideal neighbours. Residents have a near-constant battle with noise and the worry of air pollution affecting their health."

    Alexander set out some simple measures he would like to see to address residents' concerns: noise monitors to automatically alert the docks when there's a problem, employing an additional Planning Enforcement Officer to avoid new noisy developments and a range of measures to reduce cars and promote public transport, cycling and walking.

    Other candidates for Freemantle, Millbrook and Redbridge wards also took part. Labour did little to defend their record and had no new plans to help. The Conservative candidate pinned his hopes on unaffordable electric cars and had no clue how to pay for their ideas. The Greens shared their aspirational ideas but had little idea how to help local residents now. Meanwhile, the Southampton Independents candidate blamed the docks for every problem in Redbridge and seemed unwilling to work with others - including ABP - to address them.

    "Our fully-costed budget proposal includes an extra £1m for new cycleways and we are committed to meaningful and immediate air quality controls. I suggest we ring-fence land at the old Ford Transit site to explore a park-and-ride site there, and extend the docks' HGV booking system to the whole city as part of the Clean Air Zone."

  • Daily Echo 16/4/18_Benjamin Curd on 'homeless clearance scheme' campaign
    Article: Apr 16, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    As reported on the front page of the Echo today, Bargate candidate Benjamin Curd and Southampton Liberal Democrats are urging the Labour-run City Council to rethink a controversial 'homeless clearance' scheme.

    Instead of spending in the region of £8400 per month of public money on a private security firm to remove rough sleepers from city centre car parks - with no support staff on hand to provide advice or guidance to those people being evicted - the same money would be enough to employ three full-time case workers or hostel staff, or even pay for a three-month residential drug rehabilitation programme for 14 individuals over the course of a year.

    Following pressure from Lib Dem campaigner Benjamin Curd, Labour's Cabinet Member for Health and Community Safety has admitted that he didn't know if other options had been considered, and that no local charities were consulted prior to the trial.

    Benjamin Curd comments:

    "I'm glad the Echo has decided to report on this issue. Spending taxpayers money in this way does nothing to address the issues faced by rough sleepers, it merely serves to dehumanise them. Is this the way we should treat some of the most vulnerable members of society? Southampton Labour seem to think so.

    "You would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the current situation. We need to look properly at the options and consider the impact of each option."

    "Rather than spend public money on private sector security, I'd like to see the funds put to better, more practical use, with long-term benefits for rough sleepers and other city residents."

  • jaguar land rover
    Article: Apr 15, 2018

    Responding to the announcement that Jaguar Land Rover have blamed Brexit for the 'slump' that has seen them cut 1,000 jobs, former Business Secretary and Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:

    "A 26% drop in sales in the last quarter is a huge loss to Jaguar Land Rover and the staff that have sadly paid the price as one of our top manufacturing companies with a large supply chain.

    "The fact that JLR have blamed Brexit for this instability speaks volumes and I hope that the government takes notice of the struggles of one of Britain's greatest brands and exports.

    "This sends a powerful signal about the damage Brexit will do, and is already doing, showing why we need a vote on the final deal."

  • Article: Apr 15, 2018

    On the 3rd of May, YOU have the chance to vote for someone who understands your local community. Someone who understands how important quality social care, strong local schools and well-funded police and hospitals are to your local area. Someone who's had the same frustration with that pothole down the end of the road.