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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.

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.


  • Tom Brake
    Article: Jun 13, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake has warned that the Government's climbdown on a 'meaningful vote' could be nothing more than a 'meaningless process'. Mr Brake said:

    "At the 59th minute of the 11th hour, as has become a tradition in Brexit negotiations, the Tories have been forced to cobble together a compromise.

    "Time will tell as to whether this is just another attempt to buy off the rebels or a real attempt at consensus. But if we face the prospect of a 'meaningless process' rather than a 'meaningful vote', Parliament will be enraged.

    "Ultimately, this process started with the people and should end with the people. Liberal Democrats will therefore continue to campaign for the people to have the final say on the deal, and an opportunity to Exit from Brexit."

    Support our campaign for an Exit from Brexit here.

  • Lib Dem EU flag
    Article: Jun 12, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake has called on MPs to add their signatures to the EU Withdrawal Bill Amendment 19a to give people the final say on the Brexit deal.

    Mr Brake warned that "history is watching" and encouraged MPs to use this "last chance" to add their names in the final 24 hours before the deadline on Tuesday 12th June.

    As well as Liberal Democrat MPs, a number of Labour and Plaid MPs and Caroline Lucas (Green) are supporting the amendment.

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said

    "Now is the time for MPs who have campaigned for the people to have the final say to put their money where their mouth is and add their support to this cross-party amendment.

    "Brexit is not living up to what the Leave campaign promised. It is threatening jobs, the economy and Britain's place in the world.

    "That is why it is so important that the people have the final say on the deal, and an option to remain in the EU. MPs have their chance to make this a reality by backing amendment 19a."

    A list of MPs who are supporting amendment 19 (a) so far is below. Others have indicated their support, should the amendment be pressed to a vote.

    Tom Brake
    Vince Cable
    Tim Farron
    Edward Davey
    Wera Hobhouse
    Layla Moran
    Jamie Stone
    Caroline Lucas
    Jonathan Edwards
    Jo Swinson
    Owen Smith
    Alastair Carmichael
    Christine Jardine
    Norman Lamb
    Geraint Davies
    Hywel Williams
    Catherine West
    Neil Coyle
    Mike Gapes

  • Tim Farron (By JackWilfred (Tim Farron 02, July 2016.jpg) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jun 9, 2018

    Former Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called for the Government to 'get the ball rolling' as Labour declare their support for safe standing.

    Mr Farron said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have had a safe standing game plan for years. Labour are just arriving in the 90th minute.

    "But at least Labour finally know the score. Let's hope that their support proves to be a game-changer.

    "It is time the Tories got the ball rolling and allowed clubs to introduce safe standing at matches."

  • Lib Dem LGBT +
    Article: May 24, 2018

    Speaking ahead of the 30th anniversary of Section 28 which prevented schools from promoting homosexuality, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran called on the Government to make Sex and Relationships Education fully LGBT+ inclusive.

    Earlier this week Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced that all schools in Wales will teach a new sex and relationships curriculum which will include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex topics, as well as issues of sexual consent and prevention of violence against women.

    Layla Moran said:

    "In coalition Government in Wales, Liberal Democrats have made sure that sex education is fit for purpose in the modern age. Teachers will be given the proper training to provide high quality education about healthy relationships, sexuality, gender, consent and abuse which covers all gender identities and sexual orientations.

    "The Government in Westminster must now follow suit and make sure that our children get age-appropriate education on sex and relationships too. Crucially this must include teaching around LGBT+ sex and relationships.

  • Lidl proposal, Brownhill Way
    Article: May 17, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    A public consultation is being held today on plans for a new Lidl supermarket at the junction of Brownhill Way and Frogmore Lane, just inside the City boundaries in Redbridge ward.

    The event is taking place between 10am and 7pm today, at Nursling and Rownhams Village Hall.

    Redbridge Spokesperson Simon Stokes said:

    "I'm extremely disappointed that notice of the public consultation was given so late - a tactic residents have experienced with Lidl's Bannister Road plans. It is likely to mean a great many people will not have the opportunity to scrutinise and comment on the proposals before Lidl submit a formal planning application.

    "The promise of new jobs and greater local consumer choice are to be welcomed, but there are other issues that nearby residents will be concerned about.

    "As a local resident I use Brownhill Way daily, and I know from experience how bad the traffic can be on that road; at peak times the tailback on the eastbound side often extends as far back as the M271 junction. I'm concerned that the proposals as they exist now fail to adequately address this.

    "I will attend the consultation this evening, and I would encourage others to do so too.

    "I would also urge Lidl to hold another consultation prior to submitting their application, with a more reasonable notice period."

  • Campaign: Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse (Twitter) (Twitter)
    Article: May 17, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Responding to the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt's final report on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:

    "It is time for the Government to act. Ministers must now fully and swiftly implement the recommendations in Dame Hackitt's report.

    "The current building regulation system is completely broken. There is a fundamental lack of accountability and enforcement within building regulations. This must be tackled if we are to witness real change in building safety.

    "For proper accountability, the Government must ensure that there is a named qualified individual responsible for signing off on the safety of high rise buildings.

    "The time when builders and developers can simply specify and sign off their own work must come to an end."

    Southampton Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Simon Stokes added:

    "Dame Hackitt's report is, on the whole, to be welcomed. However some, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), believe its recommendations do not go far enough to ensure the safety of residential tower blocks and their residents.

    "I have today written to the Cabinet Member for Housing at Southampton City Council, and asked him to confirm whether on not RIBA's additional recommendations will be considered by the Council as part of any current or future retro-fitting or construction projects of residential tower blocks in the city."

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: May 16, 2018

    Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's call for the Tories to make way for Labour to lead the Brexit negotiations at PMQs today, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

    "Jeremy Corbyn has well and truly nailed his colours to the Brexit mast.

    "He has let down Labour voters who backed him to deliver a fresh start. Instead, he is offering the same as the Tories; infighting and confusion over the future of the UK's customs arrangements and single market membership.

    "The only way to ensure the people have the final say on the deal, and an exit from Brexit, is to back the Liberal Democrats."

  • Article: May 9, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Our local election candidates have taken to social media in recent days to thank our supporters, families, friends, and everyone that voted for us on May 3rd.

  • Article: May 4, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    I'd like to thank the thousands of people across Southampton who put their trust in us and supported their local Liberal Democrat candidate. We have regained third place across the city, and regained second place in Portswood.

    We had our most energetic and committed slate of candidates for years, all of whom attended the election count, and fully supported our city-wide campaign throughout this last year. I'd like to thank them, and our army of members and supporters who were so active all across our city.

    This was our best campaign for over a decade and I'm proud of all of our energy, positivity, and commitment to the areas we seek to represent. I'm proud to be part of this fantastic team.

    Nationally, our performance was much more heartening - strengthening our positions on councils in Hull, Gosport, Liverpool and others, and winning control of Richmond and Kingston. We have won seats in Remain and Leave voting areas up and down the country and, as our leader Vince Cable says, we have shown that we can win anywhere.

    Our Southampton team will continue to work hard, and hold the Labour administration, and councillors of all parties, to account. We will continue to work hard all year round and I am confident that this hard work will find its reward.

    Despite not being elected, your local Lib Dem campaigners will continue to assist and represent you. Please get in touch with us if there are any issues in your local area that you would like us to address.

    James Read
    Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats

  • Article: May 4, 2018

    Commenting on last night's local election results, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

    "We are on course for what could be our best set of local election results in a decade and that is thanks to the outstanding efforts of our members. The Liberal Democrats have enjoyed gains across England, from Hull to Gosport, Liverpool to West Oxfordshire, Sunderland to Richmond - in both Leave areas and Remain. We have shown that we can win anywhere.

    "These results show a return to three party politics and a strong future for the Liberal Democrats. We stand as the only party fighting for an exit from brexit, and are making gains against both a Conservative party driven by their right wing, and a left wing Labour party absorbed by Corbyn's dated economic vision.

    "And there is still much to look forward to today, with more gains to come. These elections represent an important step in our re-establishment as a political force."