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Southampton Liberal Democrats outside Guild Hall - Stop Brexit

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  • Liz Jarvis for Southampton Itchen
    Article: Sep 18, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    We are ready to fight to STOP BREXIT when a General Election is called.

    Liz Jarvis has been selected for Southampton Itchen. She joined the Lib Dems last year after becoming increasingly disillusioned with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party - one of many joining us from both old parties since the referendum. She has worked closely with the Southampton maritime industry for the past seven years, and is a trustee for a charity that works with parents, many coping with very difficult circumstances.

    Liz says "I am determined to fight for better mental health provision for young people, and against cuts to the NHS. I am passionate about Lib Dem policies on education, the environment, demanding better for our communities, and of course remaining in the EU."

    Joe Richards, born and raised in Southampton, has been selected for Southampton Test. He is passionate about the city's future, saying "Southampton is an open and diverse city, demonstrated by the over 50% of my constituency that voted Remain. We must remain an open and tolerant nation, while protecting local businesses and jobs.

    "Southampton is the UK's third busiest port - millions of tonnes of cargo pass through each year supporting local people and livelihoods. The upcoming General Election will be an opportunity for Southampton to say they want to Stop Brexit, and not let Boris' no-deal Brexit damage port cities like ours."

    The automotive industry themselves are citing the "existential threat" of no-deal at the staggering cost of £50,000 per minute, saying "this is not project fear".

    Local party Chair, Richard Blackman, says "In an incredibly volatile time for local and national politics, I am delighted to introduce our passionate and experienced candidates for Southampton Test and Itchen. Together with Craig Fletcher, recently announced candidate for Romsey and Southampton North, they will fight Boris Johnson's right-wing Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing Brexit.

    "In the recent European elections across the city we beat both of these old parties. It is clear that the people of Southampton want to see real change in the city and the country and our recently announced policy of revoking Article 50 and to Stop Brexit is seeing many people join us from across the political spectrum.

    "We invite you to join them in demanding better for our economy, our society and our environment."

  • Pint & Politics 11-9-19
    Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Join us for our September Pint & Politics social, on Wednesday 11th September!

    In anticipation of potential further #StopTheCoup action in town, we're meeting at Sadler's Southampton this month, just up the road from the Guildhall.

    The political situation in the UK is so fast-moving and unpredictable at the moment - who knows what the next week will bring?! Join us to mull it over in good company.

    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.

  • Southampton Pride 2019
    Article: Sep 2, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats are proud to have participated in Southampton Pride 2019, where our anti-Brexit message received an overwhelmingly positive response.

    Richard Blackman, Local Party Chair and Bassett candidate, said:

    "This is the third consecutive year that we have taken part in Southampton Pride, and the first year that we hosted a stall inside the Guildhall. Hundreds of attendees contributed to our 'Brexitometer', and we handed out hundreds of 'Bollocks to Brexit' and 'Brexit is Bonkers' stickers throughout the day."

    Our stall also handed out "I'm a Liberal" rainbow and "Trans rights are human rights" stickers, membership forms, and hosted a petition opposing the revocation of the Human Rights Act.

    Alex Clifton-Melhuish, LGBT rights campaigner and Shirley candidate, said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront of campaigning for LGBT+ rights from their formation. But fundamental to many of the rights we have secured over the years are Human Rights, as enshrined in our world-leading Human Rights Act - but Brexit risks those rights.

    "I am truly fearful for the impact Brexit may have on my family and the wider LGBT+ community. The protections we have from discrimination in services, employment, access to adoption and IVF, and more besides, are grounded in EU laws and ECJ rulings. Already, many are calling for the scrapping of the Human Rights Act to weaken the law protecting LGBT+ asylum seekers, trans prisoners and LGBT+ people serving in the military. And the increase in hate crimes since the referendum is alarming, showing no signs of abating."

  • Defend Democracy vigil, 28/8/19
    Article: Aug 29, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Liberal Democrats led concerned citizens in vigil last night, hours after Boris Johnson decided to prorogue Parliament.

    Prorogation involves the suspension of Parliament, during which time MPs - our elected representatives - are unable to meet to debate the issues of the day.

    Whilst prorogation lasting somewhere between three and seven days happens regularly in the run-up to a Queen's Speech, this time Parliament wil be shut down for five weeks.

    Richard Blackman
    , who was instrumental in organising the vigil, said:

    "I'm astounded that the Prime Minister would take this undemocratic course of action, particularly after it was ruled out only last week.

    "In seeking to shut down Parliament, he is seeking to shut down debate around his Brexit stance, and to shut down the democratic processes of this country.

    "I'm grateful to everyone who joined us yesterday evening, at extremely short notice, to stand in vigil to defend democracy against the autocratic actions of this Prime Minister."

    Whilst Southampton Liberal Democrats organised the vigil, it was attended by people from across the political spectrum.

    Richard added:

    "We stand together to defend democracy. This issue is bigger than us, it's bigger than party politics, and it's bigger than Brexit.

    "This action is not about Brexit. If our democratic institutions can be circumvented in this way, on the whims of the Prime Minister and Government of the day, we should all be gravely concerned - Remain and Leave voters alike."

  • Petition: Aug 24, 2019

    The Human Rights Act has delivered for LGBT+ people. It's provided us with rights and freed us from Government oppression and inaction. It forced Labour to allow us to serve openly in the military, and to legally recognise trans people.

    Liberal Democrat Tom Brake MP says:

    To walk away from the Human Rights Act and European Courts of Human Rights would remove at a stroke the moral authority we have when we engage with other countries.

  • Article: Aug 23, 2019
  • Pint & Politics 14-8-19
    Article: Aug 7, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Join us for our August Pint & Politics social!

    Following the excellent turnout last month, we'll be back at Trago Lounge in Portswood - and we'd love to see you there.

    Since we last met, we have a new Prime Minister (Mr B. Johnson), a new Lib Dem Leader (the excellent Jo Swinson), and a new MP (Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru / Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds), with another by-election gearing up in the eminently winnable seat of Sheffield Hallam. There's also the prospect of a General Election in the near future, as well as the ongoing Brexit chicanery to keep us busy.

    With party membership and support surging, there's never been a better time to get involved with the Liberal Democrats.

    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.

  • James Read
    Article: Jul 24, 2019
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Following intervention by Portswood Lib Dem campaigner James Read, an application to the council for the operation of a burger van - on Winn Road between the hours of 11pm and 1am - has been withdrawn.

    James comments:

    "I was shocked when residents came to me with this. I agreed with them that this application was wholly inappropriate in a residential area, especially as there are a number of fast food outlets in Portswood High Street open during these hours.

    "Late night fast food trading in this location is bound to create additional footfall, and possibly vehicle movements, with associated noise, smells and litter."

    After contacting the City Council on behalf of residents, James is delighted to report that the application has been withdrawn.

    James adds:

    "I am very glad that common sense has prevailed in this instance.

    "I will continue to be accessible to local residents and will campaign with them to keep this residential area quiet at this hour."
  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jul 23, 2019

    Responding to the announcement that Boris Johnson has won the Conservative leadership race, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said:

    "Boris Johnson has finally got his hands on the keys to Number 10, but he has shown time and time again that he isn't fit to be the Prime Minister of our country.

    "Whether it is throwing people under the bus or writing a lie on the side of one: Britain deserves better than Boris Johnson.

    "If we want to defeat nationalism and populism, we need to give people an alternative vision for our country. It's the Liberal Democrats who can lead the renewal our country needs."

  • Swinson conference
    Article: Jul 22, 2019
    By Jo Swinson MP, Liberal Democrat Leader

    I love this party.

    I was just 17 when I became a Liberal Democrat. Honestly, if you'd have told me that I'd one day get the chance to write this post as the party's new leader I wouldn't have believed you.

    The first thing I want to do is say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this election. But special thanks must go to my good friend Ed Davey.

    Over the last seven weeks, Ed's shown the country what an outstanding politician he is; energetic, passionate and thoughtful. We've debated and challenged each other in the way the contest deserved, but always in a spirit of friendship and unity. The contrast with the Conservative Party couldn't be starker.

    I also want to pay tribute to Vince Cable, whose leadership has put us in an exciting position to have a real impact on British politics.

    And I want to pay tribute to all of you. You've not only challenged and tested us over the course of the contest, but your hard work has ensured the party I'm now so proud to lead is looking at a much brighter future.

    Our first priority must be, of course, stopping Brexit. And as your new leader, it's right at the top of my agenda.

    When I say Bollocks to Brexit I mean it. This isn't a normal political issue. This is about the fundamental direction of our country for generations to come. Brexit in any form is a disaster for our country and we'll do everything in our power to stop it.

    The path to stop Brexit starts by winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election. We must get Jane Dodds into Parliament and get add another MP in favour of a People's Vote to our cause.

    See you there!

    We're at a pivotal moment. Our country needs a strong, liberal movement more than ever, and that is what we are going to build. This is only the country of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson if we let it be. We all know that Britain deserves better than both of them.

    Their narrow-minded nationalism can be beaten. And the people who are going to beat it are the thousands of you reading this and the thousands more who are going to join us along the way.

    Only the Liberal Democrats have the values, the ideas and the sheer bloody determination to stand up to those who are doing so much to damage our country. This is our time.

    The road ahead will be hard, but anything that is ever worth doing is hard. I know that together we can take this party further than we have ever been and make Britain the open, positive, liberal country that we all believe in.

    Thank you again. Now let's get to work. 🔶