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Southampton Civic Centre

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.


  • Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Portswood campaigner Adrian Ford has been out meeting residents in Highfield, discussing his air quality campaign, and asking their views on a range of local and national issues.

    Adrian commented:

    "Air quality is such a massive issue here in Southampton, and obviously it effects everybody. That's why I and Southampton Liberal Democrats have made it one of our campaigning priorities."

  • Pint & Politics 15-2-18
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Since our usual 'second Wednesday of the month' coincides with Valentine's Day, we've decided to bump our social event by a day, so all of you loved-up liberals can keep your other halves onside. We're doing you a favour, honestly. Repay that favour by popping along for a drink and a chat, and find out how to get involved with our Southampton City Council election campaign.

    This is an ideal opportunity for everyone to find out a little more about what we're doing, in a friendly social environment.

    Members, non-members and supporters welcome!

    For details, please see our Facebook Page.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Local Lib Dem campaigner Adrian Ford has been out and about in Portswood ward, speaking to residents and working hard to make sure their concerns are dealt with.

    Adrian says:

    "I've been involved in community politics with the Liberal Democrats for many years, and one of the messages I'm hearing a lot from residents is that they're not happy with the way Labour and the Conservatives have run the council in recent years.

    "That's why I'm working hard to serve this community."

  • Lib Dem EU flag
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    Commenting on the leaked government Brexit analysis which reveals that Britain will be worse off in every Brexit scenario, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

    "Theresa May has been trying to hide the truth from the public for months but now her mask is slipping.

    "The cold hard reality is that these reports reveal nothing we didn't already know. Of course staying in the EU remains our best option, of course Brexit is going to damage the UK.

    "As the truth becomes clear the public must be given a say on the final deal, the UK must be given a chance to exit from Brexit."

  • Tories claim credit for EU credit card charge ban
    Article: Jan 30, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Commenting in Wessex Scene on the recent story that the Conservative Government claimed credit for implementing an EU directive, Southampton University's Liberal Democrat President and Bitterne campaigner Olivia Reed commented:

    "This is a true embarrassment for the Conservatives, they have been caught red-handed lying to the British people, trying to claim responsibility for a fantastic EU directive."

    She later added:

    "Theresa May's Conservative Government is clearly out of ideas, so they've started passing off someone else's work as their own.

    "They're so preoccupied with making a hash of Brexit that they're neglecting everything else - which is bad news for the country, with an increase in rough sleeping, an increase in child poverty, and a National Health Service that is stuggling to cope in the face of staff shortages and chronic underinvestment."

  • VInce Cable
    Article: Jan 29, 2018

    Rough sleeping in England rose by 15% in the year to autumn 2017, according to new government figures.

    Responding, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

    "A 15% rise in rough sleeping is shameful and shows the Conservatives have failed to take real action to tackle the housing crisis.

    "The number of rough sleepers is hard to record and so these figures are likely to be an understatement of the full extent of the crisis.

    "Until the Government commits to the funding needed to prevent homelessness and builds more genuinely affordable homes, and invests properly in mental health care, the number of rough sleepers will continue to rise at a shocking pace.

    "This is why I'm putting tackling rough sleeping, and the wider issue of homelessness, at the heart of my leadership of the Liberal Democrats."

    Local Bargate campaigner Ben Curd added:

    "Rough sleeping is not easy issue to solve, since there are a variety of reasons that people end up on the streets.

    "Like many towns and cities across the country, Southampton has seen an increase in rough sleeping, and more people I speak to are raising it as a concern on the doorstep.

    "The Conservative Government and the Labour-run City Council are not doing enough to support those most in need in our city, and our country."

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 24, 2018

    Commenting on the report from the End Child Poverty coalition revealing that in some areas of the UK more than half of children are living in poverty, Layla Moran MP said:

    "This is an appalling indictment of a Tory Party that are failing to protect the most vulnerable in society.

    "The gulf between children born in the richest and poorest families is widening, but Theresa May is more preoccupied with the gulf in her cabinet over Brexit.

    "When we fail our children like this we fail as a society. The government must take action."

    Southampton Lib Dem Spokesperson for Children's Services Maureen Turner added:

    "According to today's report, 30% of children in Southampton live in poverty - several percentage points above the national average, and nearly double that of our neighbouring authorities.

    "Through no fault of their own, our nation's children are bearing the brunt of the Conservatives' austerity agenda, and budget cuts at both the national and local level.

    "We should not have to put up with this."

  • Article: Jan 24, 2018

    Our NHS and Social Care is in crisis. That's why the Liberal Democrats are fighting to put an extra penny on the pound on income tax. That works out around the price of a cup of coffee a week for the average person.

    Watch our latest PPB and back our plan to save the NHS > http://www.libdems.org.uk/save-our-nhs

  • Simon Stokes
    Article: Jan 16, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Following reports that unidentified individuals on motorbikes have caused damage to Mansel Park, Redbridge campaigner Simon Stokes commented;

    "This behaviour has stop.

    "This is far from the first instance of motorcyclists acting dangerously and recklessly in the area. In addition to causing noise disturbance, these people ride through parks, along pavements, and even directly into oncoming traffic, with no thought as to the potential consequences of their actions. It appears they have now graduated to causing criminal damage.

    "It is surely only a matter of time before their delinquent behaviour gets one of them, or even an innocent member of the public, seriously injured or worse."

    Hampshire Police have issued descriptions for the bikes, and riders:

    • a yellow off road bike, with a rider wearing either a navy blue or black jacket, gloves and protective head gear which was black, white and red in colour, and a GoPro camera
    • a red off road bike, with a rider wearing a navy blue jacket, navy blue Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes and a white and red crash helmet, and a pillion passenger wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a black hooded jumper with the hood up and no protective headgear.

    If you have any information, please contact Hampshire Constabulary by phone (101), quoting 44180008225, or by email, at operation.torque@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.

  • Tories claim credit for EU credit card charge ban
    Article: Jan 15, 2018

    Commenting on the new EU rules banning credit card surcharges, Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "Once again the Tories are claiming a popular policy that they had nothing to do with.

    "These new rules will make things easier, cheaper and more efficient for consumers. This is another good example of EU rules helping people in their everyday lives. Unfortunately this doesn't match Theresa May's spin so instead the Tories are lying to the public.

    "This is a welcome change that gives more freedom and flexibility to people in their everyday lives."