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Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit

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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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  • 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


    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.

  • Alexander Clifton-Melhuish
    Article: Apr 27, 2019

    "Labour seem to think they are the only party that looks out for those in need," says Shirley candidate Alex Clifton-Melhuish, "but here in Southampton that couldn't be further from the truth."

    "Council tax increases, lethal air quality, woeful public transport and fading public services are making life harder for the poorest in society, and yet the Labour council continues to cut with complacency.

    "Lib Dem councils nationwide have bucked the trend of cuts and tax hikes, and we want to do the same here."

  • Southampton Lib Dems endorse Clean Air Manifesto for Southampton
    Article: Apr 26, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats are proud to endorse the Clean Air Manifesto for Southampton.

    All sixteen Lib Dem candidates from across the city have pledged to support the aims of the manifesto, if elected on May 2nd.

    The proposals made within the document, compiled by Clean Air Southampton and Southampton Friends of the Earth, are designed to achieve the greatest measurable impact on air pollution within the tenure of councillors elected this May.

    Local health spokesperson and Portswood candidate James Read comments:

    "This manifesto sets out proven, achievable and effective means to reduce air pollution levels across the city by identifying examples already implemented by other cities.

    "As our popular Park & Ride campaign has illustrated, residents want to see action to improve our air, and will not be placated by warm words any longer."

    Bassett candidate Richard Blackman adds:

    "Big problems require bold solutions, and we believe this Clean Air Manifesto presents such measures.

    "However, this is not something Southampton Liberal Democrats can do alone. It is highly regrettable that both the Labour Party and the Conservatives have refused to endorse these proposals.

    "We call on all parties to endorse the manifesto and back its urgent implementation for the sake of Southampton's health and wellbeing."

  • Sam Chapman - Park & Ride
    Article: Apr 21, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Lib Dem calls for a Park & Ride scheme for the city were reported in the Daily Echo and now form part of the "Connected Southampton - Transport Strategy 2040" plans.

    Coxford Lib Dem candidate Sam Chapman comments:

    "I'm thrilled that the City Council is taking our Park & Ride campaign seriously. But until those plans are delivered, myself and the Lib Dems will continue to hold the Council's feet to the fire.

    "We want to see an end to the parking and congestion chaos in Coxford".

    Bassett candidate Richard Blackman added:

    "Our Park & Ride proposal has been very popular on the doorsteps, and many residents have signed our petition calling for a Park & Ride scheme for the city.

    "Residents are also telling us of their frustration that neither the Labour-run council, nor the Conservative opposition, appear to be taking their air quality concerns seriously.

    "The city deserves better, and Southampton Liberal Democrats demand better."

    You can sign our petition supporting a Park & Ride scheme here: soton.lib.dm/ParkandRide