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Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit

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News

  • Liz Jarvis for Southampton Itchen
    Article: Oct 15, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    The Conservative MP for Southampton Itchen has drawn citicism for his 'sadly misinformed' views on the impact of Brexit on Southampton from economic experts and commentators, as reported in today's Daily Echo.

    Whilst the majority of trade conducted through the Port of Southampton is with non-EU member states, Britain currently has trade deals with those third countries because we are a member of the EU. We will lose these economic benefits if we leave the European Union.

    Liz Jarvis
    , Parliamentary Candidate for Southampton Itchen, commented:

    "There is no question that any kind of Brexit will have an impact on jobs not just in Southampton but all over the country.

    "The prospect of a no-deal Brexit is already impacting jobs and businesses all over the country, it is irresponsible to pretend otherwise.

    "The best way to protect jobs is to remain in the EU."

  • Swinson / Johnson No Brexit
    Article: Oct 2, 2019

    Responding to Boris Johnson's speech to Conservative Party Conference, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

    "When you strip away the bluff and bluster, this was a speech by a Prime Minister who is determined to crash us out of the EU without a deal.

    "Fanatically repeating 'Get Brexit Done' does not give any comfort to the cancer patient worried about accessing their medication, or the factory worker whose job is on the line. Getting Brexit done puts their lives and their jobs at risk, and that is why Liberal Democrats are working hard to stop it.

    "The Liberal Democrats are determined to stop Brexit, because the best deal possible is the one we have right now as members of the European Union."

    Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test Joe Richards commented:

    "We see more and more from polls that the majority will of the people is not simply to just "get Brexit done" at any cost - when it's increasingly apparent just what that cost is.

    "Right now we need to give people a say once again, and the Lib Dems will offer a clear opportunity for those that want to Stop Brexit, to do exactly that."

    Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen Liz Jarvis added:

    "With businesses failing across the country, it's clear that the Government's gung ho approach to Brexit is putting the country on a dangerous trajectory which could have a disastrous impact on the economy, industries, and the lives of millions of British people, as well as jeopardising our security."

  • Andy Beal, Freemantle Field
    Article: Oct 2, 2019

    Freemantle campaigner Andy Beal has shared his thoughts on the planned development of St Mark's C of E Primary School.



    "Along with many local residents, I attended the recent public consultation in regards to the plans to build a new all-through school for over 1300 children on the site currently occupied by St Mark's C of E Primary School.

  • Pint & Politics 9-10-19
    Article: Oct 1, 2019

    Join us for our September Pint & Politics social, on Wednesday 9th October!

    After the fantastic attendance last month, we're once again meeting at Sadler's Southampton, just up the road from the Guildhall.

    As the clock ticks down on EU Departure Day (and a likely General Election), we need as many of our members, activists and friends to get involved with our local and national campaigns. 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.

    Please RSVP here, or here for Facebook users.

  • Pint & Politics 9-10-19
    Article: Oct 1, 2019

    Join us for our September Pint & Politics social, on Wednesday 9th October!

    After the fantastic attendance last month, we're once again meeting at Sadler's Southampton, just up the road from the Guildhall.

    As the clock ticks down on EU Departure Day (and a likely General Election), we need as many of our members, activists and friends to get involved with our local and national campaigns. 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.

    Please RSVP here, or here for Facebook users.

  • Wera Hobhouse
    Article: Sep 30, 2019

    Following Sajid Javids announcement of £25bn investment in roads, Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Transport, said:

    "Just as people are starting to become aware of the damage we're doing to our planet, the Conservatives have committed to spending £25 billion on roads. Given the government claim to be serious about tackling our clean air crisis and the climate emergency, this announcement is a slap in the face for the planet.

    "Instead we should focus our energy on improving alternative modes of transport - spending the money on better and safer cycling networks, footpaths, and green public transport.

    "The Tories have also pledged just £220 million for buses - that's less than 1% of the money promised. A drop in the ocean for what is really needed to transform bus services. Clearly for the Tories that the car is king.

    "Liberal Democrats demand better. Liberal Democrats would significantly increase spending on public transport, reversing damaging Tory cuts to rail upgrades and give local authorities more powers to improve local transport solutions for a carbon zero future. We are the only the party who have a clear plan to tackle air pollution and ending the climate crisis."

    Liz Jarvis, Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, said:

    "As usual this Conservative Government has got its priorities wrong. Proper investment in our public transport, particularly our railways, is badly needed."


    Joe Richards, Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test, added:

    "Government investment in infrastructure is essential for our economy and way of life. But when that infrastructure actively promotes damage to our planet, the government is being irresponsible.

    "That's why the Lib Dem's will uniquely place planetary and "green" decision making powers above those of the Treasury, meaning for once we get our priorities right."

  • Liz Jarvis for Southampton Itchen
    Article: Sep 26, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    The Prime Minister has been roundly condemned by MPs from across the political spectrum for the "inflammatory language" used in Parliament last night in reference to murdered MP Jo Cox and the ongoing Brexit crisis.

    A number of MPs gave accounts of receiving threats to themselves and family members, and that the use of such rhetoric by the Prime Minister and others would only serve to exacerbate the situation.

    In response to one intervention, Prime Minister Johnson described the claims as "humbug".

    Liz Jarvis
    , Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen said:

    "I was horrified by events in the House of Commons last night, both by the use of divisive language and the Prime Minister's completely inappropriate reference to the murdered MP Jo Cox.

    "It is clear that feelings are running high across the country as a result of the Conservative Government's failure to get a Brexit deal through the House of Commons despite three years of supposedly trying to negotiate one.

    "The only way to resolve this mess and restore calm is to put a vote on the Brexit deal v Remain back to the people."

    Joe Richards, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test, added:

    "Yesterday's display in the House of Commons represents two things. Firstly, the divisions that remain across this country, and secondly, the desperate need for a reformed politics and formal constitution in the UK - as called for my our own Layla Moran MP.

    "During these heated times we need to talk kindly across divides to reach a way forward.

    "Additionally the more transparent and robust we can make politics then the greater respect our general public will have for the House.

    "I certainly don't respect the recent inflammatory language of Boris Johnson, and share the condemnation from MPs"

    Last night, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson commented:

    "Boris Johnson's comments this evening were a total disgrace. He has demeaned the office of Prime Minister and he should apologise for them immediately."

  • Liz Jarvis for Southampton Itchen
    Article: Sep 24, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Liz Javis has stated that Brexit is a 'contributory factor' in the recent collapes of travel fim Thomas Cook.


    In a piece for cityam.com, Liz says:

    "I was recently talking to a travel agent who told me that her bookings are considerably down for this time of year. She blamed it solely on Brexit, as her regular customers are jittery not only because of exchange rate changes and rising costs, but also due to genuine fears of being stranded if a travel firm collapses while they're on holiday.

    "It's not the first time I've heard this from those working in the travel industry; the fact is that Brexit is having an impact on consumer confidence. Two years ago Monarch collapsed in part because of the weak pound after the Brexit vote, while Flybmi went bust this year, also blaming Brexit.

    "It's not difficult to see the correlation between the collapse of Thomas Cook and the geopolitical uncertainty created by Brexit.

    "Of course Brexit isn't the main cause of the collapse of Thomas Cook (it had debts of £1.7bn and was failing to respond properly to online competition), but it's impossible to deny that it's a contributory factor, and now another 9,000 people are at risk of losing their jobs."


  • Brexit Debate: where do they stand?
    Article: Sep 24, 2019

    Responding to the news from Labour Party conference that it would not back Remain in a People's Vote, under the guidance of Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

    "Jeremy Corbyn has again shown a total lack of leadership on Brexit and settled on yet another fudge on the biggest issue facing our country. Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly had the opportunity to put the full force of the Labour behind a Remain position, but he has once again shown today that he is a Brexiteer at heart.

    "He is determined to negotiate a Brexit deal if Labour win an election, despite all the evidence that there is no Brexit deal that is good for our economy, our NHS and our security. By refusing to say how the Labour Party would campaign in a second referendum, Jeremy Corbyn is letting down the millions of people who want to see the UK remain in the EU.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the only main party going into the next election promising to end the Brexit chaos. If the Liberal Democrats win the next general election, then we will use that democratic mandate to revoke Article 50 on day one and stop Brexit."

    If you want to help us Stop Brexit, join us today.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are the strongest Remain party in the UK - and we demand better than Brexit.

    If you think our country is heading in the wrong direction, and you want to change things, you can. Join us.