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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.

News

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Aug 25, 2017

    Only 4,600 international students overstayed their visas last year, less than a twentieth of the previous estimates of 100,000, official figures have revealed.

    For the first time figures have been published based on exit checks from UK ports, showing that 97 per cent of foreign students left the UK after finishing their studies.

  • Riseinemigrationeucits.PNG
    Article: Aug 24, 2017

    Quarterly migration data published today by the Office for National Statistics show another significant rise in EU citizens leaving the UK, up 33,000 to 122,000.

    Rise in EU citizen emigration - full source data from the ONS can be found here.

    These figures show a deeply worrying Brexodus of EU citizens who have made the UK their home.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Only around £197k of the government's £300m business rates relief fund has actually been allocated, despite businesses being hit with higher rates over four months ago.

    The £300m national relief fund was announced in the Spring Budget to help businesses hardest hit by the business rates revaluation, which came into force in April and has hit many small firms with punishing tax hikes.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2017

    The UK's monthly trade deficit soared by £2bn in June, driven by a 3.5% slump in exports, figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed.

    The figures also show that exports to EU countries increased by 2.0% between the first and second quarters of the year, while exports to non-EU countries fell by 1.4%.

  • Adrian Ford
    Article: Aug 9, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Responding to recent reports of a marked increase in flytipping in recent months, Lib Dem Portswood and St Denys Campaigner Adrian Ford said:

    "The amount and frequncy of flytipping in this one street is astonishing, and something the council really needs to get to grips with.

    "I asked the council at the last Court Leet to allow greater access to public tips for landlords and businesses to avoid this kind of dumping - their response was to ignore the suggestion, and instead simply reiterate the obviously negative impact of flytipping.

  • Adrian Vinson
    Article: Aug 3, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats' Economic Affairs Spokesperson, Adrian Vinson, has expressed concern over reports in the Daily Echo of 'significant financial distress' being experienced by local businesses ahead of Brexit.

    'It is alarming that independent analysts find that 1,650 Southampton businesses report that they are experiencing 'significant financial distress' - a rise of more than 20% in the year since the Referendum vote to leave the EU. Key employers like housing and construction are experiencing particularly heavy pressures due to skills shortages and rising costs of imported materials, while personal debt and wages falling behind inflation are affecting consumer-based businesses.

  • Pint & Politics - 9th August 2017
    Article: Aug 2, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats
    Join us for our August Pint & Politics social!
    As we gear up for the Southampton City Council elections in May 2018, please come along and find out what we're up to, and how you might be able to be involved in the campaign, from contibuting to local policy ideas and delivering leaflets, to canvassing and even standing for Council.

    This is an ideal opportunity for everyone to find out a little more about what we're doing, in a friendly social environment.

    Members, non-members and supporters welcome!

    Details can be found on our Facebook Page
  • Daily Echo coverage of Vince Cable's visit to Southampton
    Article: Jul 28, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

  • Vince Cable MP visits Society of St James, Southampton. With Ben Curd, Thomas Gravatt, and Eleanor Bell
    Article: Jul 27, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    New Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable MP has today visited Southampton, and this afternoon spoke to a packed audience of local party members.

    His visit to the city included a meeting with the manager of the Society of St James, the homeless charity based in Bedford Place, before being given a tour of the facilities available there.

    The Liberal Democrats have long held ambitious policies aiming to end rough sleeping in the UK. Commenting after his visit today, Vince Cable said:

    "It is a scandal that last year there were over 4000 people sleeping rough on the streets in our country.

    "It was great to meet with the Society of St James today to discuss the vital work that they do, helping some of the most vulnerable people in Southampton and across Hampshire.

    "The Liberal Democrats are committed to increasing support for homelessness prevention, and adequately funding both emergency accommodation and supported housing."

    Later, at the members meeting in the overflowing function room of the Slug and Lettuce, Vince Cable spoke to the enthusiastic crowd about his ambitions for the Liberal Democrats, as the only party committed to maintaining our place in the single market, and to give people of the UK the option of an 'Exit from Brexit' after the negotiations have concluded.

    Local party Chair James Read said:

    "It was a great honour that Southampton was chosen to host Vince Cable today. We had over 150 people here today, on a weekday afternoon, to hear him speak.

    "Vince has long been one of the most respected politicians in the country, and our local team of Liberal Democrats are enthused and determined to ensure that the Lib Dem fightback continues apace under his leadership."

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jul 24, 2017

    Vince Cable has been declared Leader of the Liberal Democrats with the backing of every one of the party's MPs, succeeding Tim Farron.

    Vince was nominated by all his parliamentary colleagues and the requisite number of members across the country. He is to embark on a UK-wide tour having been declared Leader (Thursday) at an event in central London.

    He was congratulated by out-going Leader Tim Farron and welcomed on the stage by Deputy Leader Jo Swinson.

    New Leader of the Liberal Democrats and former Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

    "There is a huge gap in the centre of British politics and I intend to fill it. As the only party committed to staying in the single market and customs union, the Liberal Democrats are alone in fighting to protect our economy. It will soon become clear that the government can't deliver the painless Brexit it promised. So, we need to prepare for an exit from Brexit.

    "Theresa May wants to take Britain back to the 1950s while Jeremy Corbyn wants to take Britain back to the 1970s. I will offer an optimistic, alternative agenda to power the country into the 2020s and beyond.

    "We have a government that can't govern and an opposition that can't oppose. Labour and the Conservatives have formed a grand coalition of chaos, driving through a hard Brexit which would deliver a massive blow to living standards.

    "Both parties have abandoned mainstream economics. I want to put economics back centre stage.

    "Under my leadership the Liberal Democrats will be at the centre of political life: a credible, effective party of national government.

    "We have doubled our membership and our new members have given the party enormous energy. I want to give leadership to that energy, hitting the headlines and putting our party at the centre of the national debate."

    Commenting, Southampton local party chair, James Read, said:

    "I have long been an admirer of Vince Cable. He correctly predicted the financial crisis, and has been the most respected politician on the economy for years.


    "In the years to come, when the budgets of all people in Southampton and throughout the country are squeezed due to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's hard Brexit, I am proud that Vince Cable will represent us in Parliament, providing the true opposition that this country needs"