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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.

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News

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    While the Tories, Labour, and Nigel Farage have been stitching up the Brexit they've been aiming for, young people have been ignored - despite our generation being the one most affected by this disastrous Brexit.

    But we're standing up and fighting. Young Liberals are calling for the renewal of the promise of a better future for our generation, tackling the climate disaster, funding education, and preserving our freedoms as Europeans. Watch our video to find out more.

  • Labour is a Brexit Party
    Article: May 15, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats today unveiled an election poster slamming Jeremy Corbyn for spending time helping the Tories deliver Brexit rather than doing anything to Stop Brexit.

    According to analysis of the parliamentary record by the Liberal Democrats, the Labour party whipped either to abstain or to vote with the Conservative Government on a total of 29 key Brexit votes.

    The poster, launched by Liberal Democrat MPs Jo Swinson and Ed Davey, comes as the Labour party descended into another row over its Brexit position.



    Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey said:

    "The single biggest issue people are concerned about at these European elections is the mess and chaos Brexit will cause.

    "Despite being just days before poll, the Labour leadership is still caught in infighting over whether the party stands for Remainers or not. The hard truth is this; Jeremy Corbyn has aided and abetted this Tory Brexit mess. Corbyn is a friend to the Tories, not Remainers.

    "Every vote for his Labour party is a vote for Brexit. The choice is therefore clear. If you want to stop Brexit then vote for the strongest remain party - the Liberal Democrats."

    Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson said:

    "The Liberal Democrats are familiar recipients of accusations of fence-sitting, but I'd like to take this chance to officially crown Jeremy Corbyn as champion of that particular past-time in this Parliament.

    "The Labour Party have committed to sitting on the fence on Brexit with such ferocity that when the cross-party talks finally end, I can only assume that their frontbench will have to take a leave of absence in order to remove the enormous number of splinters they'll have acquired in their collective backsides.

    "I'm proud that the Liberal Democrats stand in stark contrast, standing unambigiously as the party who wants to stop Brexit. So if you want to stop Brexit too, don't waste your vote on the Labour party's Brexit fudge, vote for the Liberal Democrats on 23rd May and help us to deliver a People's Vote with the option of remaining in the EU."

  • Article: May 14, 2019

    Remainers across Britain deserve the truth: under Jeremy Corbyn the Labour Party wants Brexit.

    Liberal Democrats are standing up to Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage as the biggest party of Remain. Vote Liberal Democrat to stop Brexit > https://www.libdems.org.uk/stop-brexit

  • Lib Dem EU flag
    Article: May 8, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats will fight these elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard for People's Vote with an option to remain in the the EU.

    We are determined to give a voice to the millions of people who demand better than Brexit Britain.

    We've announced a strong, diverse mix of candidates, from those who've joined the Liberal Democrats recently to those with long experience of the European Parliament.

  • Sir Vince Cable at a #peoplesvote march in 2017 (Photograph: Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images)
    Article: May 7, 2019

    Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, this evening hailed the best ever gains of councillors in local elections in the party's history.

    Alongside almost 700 gains the party landed serious blows to the Conservatives with stunning victories to gain councils including Chelmsford, Hinckley and Bosworth and the Vale of the White Horse - as well as holding the Mayorality in Bedford.

    With the party on track to secure a national equivalent vote share of 19% - the best since 2010 - Cable hailed the result as a clear sign the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party for remain going into the European Elections.

    Vince Cable said:

    "These are spectacularly good results, stemming from the hard work and the commitment of our campaigners all around the country.

    "This is a springboard to the European elections in three weeks' time, when we hope to do well again.

    "Ours is the strongest Remain voice in British politics. Every Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit."

  • Labour is a Brexit Party
    Article: May 1, 2019

    The Labour Party are officially pro-Brexit.

    In the crucial vote of their NEC on Tuesday night, Labour confirmed their policy on Brexit:

    1. Work with the Tories to deliver Brexit.

    2. Win a General Election, so they can deliver Brexit.

    3. Maybe hold a referendum, but only if they can't deliver Brexit.

    If you're a Remainer, that makes your choice even clearer.

    Portswood candidate James Read comments:

    "Labour have been trying to face both ways on Brexit, which is how they've ended up with a fudge of a Brexit policy.

    "Liberal Democrats have been fighting to stop Brexit every single day since the EU referendum.


    "We've marched, lobbied, delivered leaflets, knocked on doors and worked tirelessly to change the public's mind.

    "And it's worked - we are closer than ever to stopping Brexit."

    According to one poll, 86% of Labour's own members support a People's Vote - yet party leaders are refusing to listen.

    James Read adds:

    "The majority of Labour members and voters are no longer represented by Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit-supporting party.

    "The result of the 2017 General Election was characterised as an endorsement of Brexit. Is that really what Labour voters wanted?

    "This election is not about Brexit - but just like in 2017, your vote will be construed as either pro-remain, or pro-leave.

    "When Labour and the Tories stand united on an issue, and votes for either party count towards the same goal - Brexit - voters are right to ask questions of their representatives."

  • James Read - Action on Flytipping
    Article: Apr 30, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    A freedom of information request by Southampton Lib Dems revealed that fly-tipping clean-up costs have almost doubled since the Labour council introduced a charge for DIY waste at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

    The even more shocking news is that Southampton City Council has not issued a single fine for fly-tipping since at least 2014. This is due to the scrapping of the city patrol who dealt with enforcement.

    Portswood candidate James Read says:

    "Our budget would introduce a community champions team to tackle fly-tipping and neighbourhood blight, and introduce a means-tested single free bulk waste collection per year to reduce dumping of large items."


  • Article: Apr 29, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Judith Bunting joined Portswood candidate James Read in Southampton this weekend, to meet voters and discuss their concerns.

  • Richard Blackman - a Liberal Plan for Bassett
    Article: Apr 29, 2019

    "Over the past couple of years I've been meeting residents right across the ward, and they've been telling me about the issues that matter to them.

    These are just some of the local issues which I would like to work on as your councillor."


  • Sam Chapman
    Article: Apr 28, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE SAM CHAPMAN OFFERS RESIDENTS A REAL ALTERNATIVE

    The by-election in March showed the real appetite for a strong Liberal Democrat councillor. Our vote share increased by 15%, one of the biggest swings in the City Council's History.



    If Elected what would Sam and the Lib Dems do for Coxford?

    We will work to deliver a council tax freeze in the city. Residents pay more for less under Labour and we want to change that.

    We will work hard to ensure that our campaign for a Park & Ride with a Metro/Tram system is implemented to end the parking and congestion chaos in the ward.

    Finally we know we have some sizeable issues here in Coxford. We know that residents are concerned with the state of roads, pavements, antisocial behaviour and the protection of local services. Should you elect Sam, he and the Lib Dems will be dedicated to ensuring your voice is heard.

    Vote Sam Chapman on Thursday May 2nd.