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Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit

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  • Pint & Politics 14-8-19
    Article: Aug 7, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Join us for our August Pint & Politics social!

    Following the excellent turnout last month, we'll be back at Trago Lounge in Portswood - and we'd love to see you there.

    Since we last met, we have a new Prime Minister (Mr B. Johnson), a new Lib Dem Leader (the excellent Jo Swinson), and a new MP (Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru / Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds), with another by-election gearing up in the eminently winnable seat of Sheffield Hallam. There's also the prospect of a General Election in the near future, as well as the ongoing Brexit chicanery to keep us busy.

    With party membership and support surging, there's never been a better time to get involved with the Liberal Democrats.

    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.

  • James Read
    Article: Jul 24, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Following intervention by Portswood Lib Dem campaigner James Read, an application to the council for the operation of a burger van - on Winn Road between the hours of 11pm and 1am - has been withdrawn.

    James comments:

    "I was shocked when residents came to me with this. I agreed with them that this application was wholly inappropriate in a residential area, especially as there are a number of fast food outlets in Portswood High Street open during these hours.

    "Late night fast food trading in this location is bound to create additional footfall, and possibly vehicle movements, with associated noise, smells and litter."

    After contacting the City Council on behalf of residents, James is delighted to report that the application has been withdrawn.

    James adds:

    "I am very glad that common sense has prevailed in this instance.

    "I will continue to be accessible to local residents and will campaign with them to keep this residential area quiet at this hour."
  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jul 23, 2019

    Responding to the announcement that Boris Johnson has won the Conservative leadership race, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said:

    "Boris Johnson has finally got his hands on the keys to Number 10, but he has shown time and time again that he isn't fit to be the Prime Minister of our country.

    "Whether it is throwing people under the bus or writing a lie on the side of one: Britain deserves better than Boris Johnson.

    "If we want to defeat nationalism and populism, we need to give people an alternative vision for our country. It's the Liberal Democrats who can lead the renewal our country needs."

  • Swinson conference
    Article: Jul 22, 2019
    By Jo Swinson MP, Liberal Democrat Leader

    I love this party.

    I was just 17 when I became a Liberal Democrat. Honestly, if you'd have told me that I'd one day get the chance to write this post as the party's new leader I wouldn't have believed you.

    The first thing I want to do is say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this election. But special thanks must go to my good friend Ed Davey.

    Over the last seven weeks, Ed's shown the country what an outstanding politician he is; energetic, passionate and thoughtful. We've debated and challenged each other in the way the contest deserved, but always in a spirit of friendship and unity. The contrast with the Conservative Party couldn't be starker.

    I also want to pay tribute to Vince Cable, whose leadership has put us in an exciting position to have a real impact on British politics.

    And I want to pay tribute to all of you. You've not only challenged and tested us over the course of the contest, but your hard work has ensured the party I'm now so proud to lead is looking at a much brighter future.

    Our first priority must be, of course, stopping Brexit. And as your new leader, it's right at the top of my agenda.

    When I say Bollocks to Brexit I mean it. This isn't a normal political issue. This is about the fundamental direction of our country for generations to come. Brexit in any form is a disaster for our country and we'll do everything in our power to stop it.

    The path to stop Brexit starts by winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election. We must get Jane Dodds into Parliament and get add another MP in favour of a People's Vote to our cause.

    See you there!

    We're at a pivotal moment. Our country needs a strong, liberal movement more than ever, and that is what we are going to build. This is only the country of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson if we let it be. We all know that Britain deserves better than both of them.

    Their narrow-minded nationalism can be beaten. And the people who are going to beat it are the thousands of you reading this and the thousands more who are going to join us along the way.

    Only the Liberal Democrats have the values, the ideas and the sheer bloody determination to stand up to those who are doing so much to damage our country. This is our time.

    The road ahead will be hard, but anything that is ever worth doing is hard. I know that together we can take this party further than we have ever been and make Britain the open, positive, liberal country that we all believe in.

    Thank you again. Now let's get to work. 🔶

  • 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.