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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.


  • Parliament (hero_parliament)
    Article: Oct 10, 2018

    The Government's Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK.

    In the future we might have a Government who are prepared to ride roughshod over our freedoms as citizens.

  • Residents Survey 2018
    Survey: Sep 27, 2018
    21 questions

    Southampton Liberal Democrats want to know what is important to you.

    This survey is for you to tell us what issues and problems in your area are causing you difficulty, so that we can better represent our community and fight for the things that matter to you.

    Please make sure to provide your address so we know which area the problems you have reported are in, and so that we can get back to you about any specific problems you have raised.

  • Mixed plastics recycling banks full
    Article: Aug 21, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton's Labour-run council are failing the city's residents on recycling, say Liberal Democrat campaigners.

    Pictures taken over the last two weeks by Southampton Liberal Democrats reveal that the demand to use the mixed plastic recycling banks is so great that some residents have had to leave their recyclable materials beside the over-stuffed bins, leaving an unsightly mess that council staff cannot seem to keep up with.

    Freemantle campaigner Alexander Clifton-Melhuish comments:

    "It's encouraging to see that Southampton's residents are going out of their way to use these communal recycling facilities.

    "Unfortunately, it's clear to see that Southampton Labour don't have enough faith in their own scheme to keep those facilities clean, or cater to the obvious demand from residents.

    "When people are making an effort to use these recycling banks, the very least the Labour-controlled council can do is to make an effort themselves to ensure that the bins are emptied regularly.

    "Perhaps it is time that that these plastics were included in the kerbside recycling? It would certainly improve Southampton's dismal record on recycling."

    Labour's record on recycling is woeful: the City Council has been ranked 321 out of 350 local authorities in terms of recycling rates - putting us in the bottom 10% of the country.

    Earlier this year, an independent report found that the city only recycles 28% of our waste. In contrast, Liberal Democrat-run Eastleigh Borough Council sends more than 40% of its household waste for recycling.

    Bitterne Park campaigner James Read adds:

    "We've had issues with flytipping in Woodmill car park in the past, but in this instance people are trying to do the right thing by bringing their plastics to be recycled.

    "It's ironic that in a week where we've seen the council fine households for 'failing to manage their waste', the council have spectacularly failed to manage their own bins.

    "Residents pay their council tax and rightly expect that they'll be able to use these recycling banks. If Labour can't get them emptied quickly enough, just what are they spending our money on?

  • Southampton votes to REMAIN
    Article: Aug 15, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    New research suggests that the will of the people of Southampton has changed, and the majority would now prefer the UK to remain a member of the European Union.

    Research commissioned by the campaign groups Best for Britain and Hope Not Hate published on Sunday 12 August in The Observer shows that 112 constituencies that voted to leave the European Union in the referendum of June 2016 would now vote to remain in the European Union.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2018
  • Catherine Bearder MEP and Cllr Antony Hook
    Article: Aug 7, 2018
    Autumn Conference is a great opportunity to get back into the swing of campaigning after what has been an incredible summer. We plan to offer excellent training, as usual, and host some lively debates. Keep an eye on our website for further updates once the conference schedule gets finalised.

    Autumn Regional Conference will be held on Saturday 13th October, from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm, at The Forest School, Robin Hood Lane, Winnersh, Wokingham, RG41 5NE.
  • Alexander Clifton-Melhuish
    Article: Aug 3, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Responding to reports that Labour-run Southampton City Council are guilty of breaching data laws 62 times last year, Lib Dem spokesperson for Freemantle Alexander Clifton-Melhuish commented:

    "It's shocking that the council could fail to treat our data with appropriate care.

    "It is the council's duty to ensure the security of our personal information, and therefore the saftey of residents. If bank details, or information on vulnerable children or adults for example, fell into the wrong hands, there could be very serious consequences for the individuals concerned.

    "Local residents have no choice but to trust the Council with their personal data as part of our daily lives, whether paying council tax, accessing social care or reporting a pothole. We must hold the Council to the highest level of scrutiny in the way it keeps and shares our data.

    "Many already don't trust Labour to handle the delivery of basic services like pothole repair, now it seems they can't be trusted to handle our personal data."

  • Pint & Politics 8-8-18
    Article: Aug 1, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Pint & Politics comes to Bargate this month!

    We'll be in the White Star Tavern on Oxford Street from 7.30pm.

    Meet fellow Lib Dems for a chat about politics, campaigns, other news or anything you like really, fuelled with your beverage of choice.

    Members, non-members and supporters welcome!

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jul 31, 2018

    Responding to a new Sky Data poll which has revealed that two-thirds of the public now believe Brexit will be bad for the UK, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

    "In overwhelming numbers, people are concerned about the negative consequences of Brexit. However, the Tories are just not listening. They are instead consumed by chaos and confusion.

    "The Liberal Democrats do not accept the fatalistic view that people voted to be poorer. We do not believe the Brexit battle is over.

    "That is why we are fighting to give the people the final say on the deal, and an opportunity to exit from Brexit."

    Add your name to our petition today: libdems.org.uk/exit-brexit

  • Pint & Politics 11-7-18
    Article: Jul 5, 2018
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Pint & Politics on tour makes its way to Shirley!

    This month at Santo Lounge on Shirley High Street, at 7.30pm on the 18th July.

    Meet fellow Lib Dems for a chat about politics, campaigns, other news or anything you like really, fuelled with your beverage of choice.

    Members, non-members and supporters welcome!