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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!

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News

  • Thomas Gravatt
    Article: Jun 7, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    The Conservative candidate for Southampton Test is a member of staff for the Conservative Party Chairman, living and working in London, it has been revealed.

    This website lists the candidate's political credentials - but embarrassingly reveals that he began work as a Senior Parliamentary Advisor to a Tory MP in London a year BEFORE his term as a City Councillor here in Southampton ended.

    The Conservatives are not the only party in Southampton Test to field a candidate that takes the electors of Redbridge ward in Southampton Test for granted - the Southampton Independents candidate was previously elected as a Labour councillor, before quitting the party only ONE WEEK later, and refusing to stand in a by-election to give residents a fair choice of representative.

  • Theresa May speaks to party members in Southampton
    Article: Jun 7, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Prime Minister Theresa May has been spotted in Southampton again, as the Conservative election campaign in the city falters amid disquiet over her party's draconian plans for the future of our country.

    As ever during this election campaign, Mrs May met with a small group of party activists in a 'behind closed doors' session, rather than meeting real people on the streets of Southampton.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats
  • #DementiaTax
    Article: Jun 6, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrats have unveiled a hard-hitting new campaign poster attacking Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

    The poster, which can be viewed online here, reads "Dementia Tax. Don't bet your house on it."

    The poster was launched by Liberal Democrat candidate for Bermondsey Simon Hughes at a campaign event in Westminster.

    It comes as analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed local authorities in England are set to build up £11 billion of debt as a result of Theresa May's proposed Dementia Tax.

    By 2025, local authorities will have had to write off 90,000 deferred payment agreements, leaving councils forced to write off £12m.

    Sir Simon Hughes commented:

    "My message to those thinking of voting for Theresa May is this: don't bet your house on it.

    "We will lead the fight against the Dementia Tax that could wipe out half the value of the average home.

    "This is a grossly unfair tax on those families with a relative unfortunate enough to need years of care.

    "This week, you can elect more Liberal Democrat MPs to be your voice in Westminster and stand up for you on the Dementia Tax, on the NHS, on schools and on Brexit."

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Southampton Itchen Eleanor Bell added:

    "Caring for our elderly should be above party politics and that is why I want to urge anyone who opposes these plans to come together to stop them.

    "Every elderly person who needs care should receive it in the best place for them. People shouldn't have to worry about losing everything they've worked hard for to pay for crippling care costs.

    "Together we can stop the so-called 'Dementia Tax' and put in place a cap on the cost of care."

  • Eleanor Bell - NHS Rally 3-6-17
    Article: Jun 6, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Eleanor Bell addressed a crowd of NHS campaigners at Guildhall Square on Saturday, following a peaceful march through the city centre.

    Following the event, Eleanor said:

    "Having worked in the NHS myself, I've experienced first-hand successive disruptive changes to the Health Service. My daughter is an NHS nurse, currently a midwife, but she has worked in critical and trauma care, and she knows only too well the impact of Conservative cuts and under-investment in our healthcare system.

  • Sarah Olney
    Article: Jun 6, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced a £17bn infrastructure fund to repair and restore schools and hospitals across England.

    Headteachers today are forced to use money that should be dedicated for books, teachers and equipment to fix leaking roofs and crumbling buildings. The new infrastructure fund would give an extra £7bn for schools in England, enough to repair every school to allow them to focus spending on education rather than maintenance.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats in Daily Echo

    "How disappointing that Theresa May felt unable to debate with the other party leaders on television on Wednesday night. I wonder if it's because she's not as strong or stable as she claims to be? Or perhaps because she knows that in a straight debate with Corbyn, Farron and the rest, she knows she'll get absolutely hammered for her policies.

    Cutting school budgets, slashing NHS training funding, capping public sector pay, scrapping free school meals, the 'dementia tax'... the list of awful measures supported by Conservative candidates in this election is staggering.

    Weak and wobbly, arrogant and aloof - if the Prime Minister won't respect the British public enough to turn up to a televised debate, how can she expect the British voters to support her or her party?"

    Thomas Gravatt

  • Thomas Gravatt for Southampton Test
    Article: Jun 5, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Southampton Test Thomas Gravatt was recently featured in the Huffington Post - read the full article here.

    Thomas says:

    "The Lib Dems are offering the brightest future for young people in this country.

    "We have so many new members, people who have never been involved, and people coming back who left after we went to coalition. We have a new burst of energy, we have new life.

    "If every person I speak to on the doorstep who says they are going to vote for me votes for me, I will win."

  • Tim Farron with manifesto
    Article: Jun 2, 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn has announced his London-centric Brexit team - Keir Starmer, Barry Gardiner and Emily Thornberry.

    Responding to Corbyn's speech where he made this announcement, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron said:

    "I thought this was the Labour Party's M25 Steering Group not a genuine proposal - let alone on Brexit. This is useless, gesture politics of the worst kind.

    "Labour threw in the towel the moment they joined Theresa May and the Conservatives in voting to trigger Article 50 without any conditions attached.

    "You wouldn't trust this lot with an abacus, let alone the most important negotiation in history. They are out of their depth and history will not forgive their utter inability to oppose the Conservative's extreme Brexit agenda."

  • Royston's Record, #RoystonsRecord
    Article: Jun 2, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Eleanor Bell, Liberal Democrat candidate for Southampton Itchen, has slammed her Conservative opponent Royston Smith's Parliamentary voting record as 'shamefully illiberal', and 'an insult to the people of Southampton'.

    According to the well-respected and authoritative theyworkforyou.com, Smith has spoken in only seven dabates in his two years as an MP - well below the average figure - and has never voted against his Tory Party whips, according to publicwhip.org.uk.