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Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit

Welcome 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.

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  • Pint & Politics 8-1-20
    Article: Dec 23, 2019

    Join us for our first Pint & Politics social of 2020!

    Join us at Sadler's Southampton (just up the road from the Guildhall) as we mourn the losses and celebrate the victories of 2019, and get back into campaign mode for the City Council elections in May.

    No matter what level of involvement you've had with us in the past, you'll find us a welcoming group, and we'll soon find you a role within the local party! Please come along if you can.

    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.

  • Richard Blackman
    Article: Dec 18, 2019

    Since the election result last week, people are anxious about what the future holds for ourselves, our families, our friends, our businesses, and our country.

    The efforts made by Liberal Democrat supporters, and votes cast for our excellent candidates across the city and beyond, largely went unrewarded under our outdated First Past The Post electoral system.

    However, we should take satisfaction from the extra 1.3million votes we won nationally - a 4% increase in vote share, much more than achieved by any other national party in this election.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2019
  • Article: Dec 10, 2019
  • Liz Jarvis on the doorstep
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 3415 businesses in the area have closed over the last three years.

    It comes as the Liberal Democrats today unveil a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost local firms, to mark Small Business Saturday.

    Recent figures show that 3415 have closed in Southampton between 2016 and 2018, a 35.2 increase compared to the three years before.

    Across the UK one million businesses have closed their doors between 2016 and 2018, an increase of almost a third compared to 2013- 2015.

    The Federation of Small Businesses has warned that a no deal Brexit, which Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to rule out, would mean more damage to firms. Firms are also being held back by the Conservative government's failure to reform business rates, and by new taxes on the self-employed that business groups have described as "disastrous".

    Liberal Democrats have said that they will Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in improving public services and tackling inequality. The party would also put in place a package of measures to support small businesses and boost high streets in Southampton, including:

  • Football
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today announced that "it's time to shift the goalposts on safe standing", by introducing safe-standing in top-flight football, offering more choice, a better atmosphere, and cheaper tickets for fans.

    Under the party's proposals, all Premier League and Championship sides could install rail seating in parts of their ground and permit spectators to stand for the entirety of the match in those areas.

    Safe standing operates successfully across Europe. Unlike traditional football terraces, each row is separated by a rail to prevent crowd surges and spectators are given a specific place to stand. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority would develop new licensing conditions for grounds and create new guidance on how standing could be introduced safely.

    Top-flight clubs such as Watford are already introducing rail seating to make it safer in areas of the ground where fans persistently stand up.

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, Tim Farron said:

    "Safe standing provides a hat-trick of benefits to fans - more choice, a better atmosphere, and cheaper tickets.

    "It's time to shift the goalposts on safe standing and give spectators something to cheer about.

    "Deadline day is getting closer in this campaign - and only the Liberal Democrats can send Boris Johnson's Premiership to VAR and stop him from making any last-minute signings."

  • Tom Brake MP
    Article: Dec 4, 2019

    Responding to leaked internal EU documents signalling more years of Brexit talks from the day after the general election, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake, said:

    "This document confirms that even if the Conservatives win a majority, Brexit would continue to drag on for years to come. Yet again, Boris Johnson is misleading voters with his pledge to 'get Brexit done.'

    "There would also be a new no-deal 'cliff edge' date at the end of next year, and yesterday Dominic Raab confirmed that a Conservative Government would be prepared to step off of it. This would be disastrous for our businesses and public services.

    "The best deal is the one we currently have as members of the European Union. The more Lib Dem MPs elected into the next Parliament, the better our chances of securing a People's Vote and stopping Brexit altogether."

  • Joe Richards, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College (Richard Taunton Sixth Form College)
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Lib Dem candidate for Southampton Test Joe Richards enjoyed speaking to staff and students at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College earlier today.

    Commenting after the event, Joe said:

    "I would like to say a big thank you to the students of Tauntons college for allowing us to answer their questions today. They had some detailed thoughtful questions about principles and policies that give me great hope in our future generations."

    "Introducing votes at the age of 16 is important to keep younger people engaged in politics, and moreover the Lib Dems believe it's their right to have a say in their future.

    "My favourite question asked was 'What will the benefits of Brexit to Southampton be?' My answer was simply 'none'. Unsurprisingly, none of the other members of the panel could come up with one either".

  • Luciana Berger
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Responding to the latest statistics on NHS vacancies, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Luciana Berger said:

    "These figures show how the Tories have utterly failed to tackle the chronic staff shortages facing the NHS. As we approach yet another winter crisis, our hospitals remain understaffed meaning more cancelled appointments and worsening patient care.

    "For years the Conservatives have ignored the NHS staffing crisis and now they are proposing to make it even worse. The Conservative's Nurse Tax will hit the NHS's ability to recruit the nurses from the EU that we desperately need to address current shortfalls.

    "Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future where the NHS has the staff it needs and patients receive the care they need. We will stop Brexit and invest in the NHS by raising £7 billion a year from a penny on income tax; using a proportion of this investment to tackle urgent workforce shortages."

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    A report by the Resolution Foundation has found the Liberal Democrats' policies would mean 600,000 fewer children in poverty by 2023-24, making it the most progressive of the three main parties.

    The report also found child poverty risks reaching a record high under Conservative plans.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Tim Farron commented:

    "This report is a damning indictment of the Tories' heartless welfare policy, which is leading to soaring levels of child poverty across the country.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and invest billions of pounds from the Remain bonus in building a brighter future for those struggling in our society. We would scrap the cruel two-child limit, benefit cap and bedroom tax, and invest in free school meals and childcare for millions of families.

    "As the Resolution Foundation recognises, we have the most progressive policy of all the major parties, focused on ensuring everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from."