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Southampton Liberal Democrats launch local election campaign

April 12, 2018 9:30 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Southampton Liberal Democrats have launched our 2018 Southampton City Council election campaign, as reported in the Echo today.

James Read, candidate for Bitterne Park and Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats, comments:

James Read"I'm very proud of the ambition and strength of our election campaign. We have produced a fully-costed budget that would allow us to fix more roads, expand our cycleways, boost Youth Services, adopt homelessness initiatives, and improve our air quality - and for less than Labour's 5.99% council tax hike. We are also leading the campaign to introduce portside power for cruise liner and container ship traffic.

"In an insult to the people of Southampton, the Conservatives have failed yet again to provide a realistic proposal. Unlike them, Southampton Liberal Democrats are serious about Southampton, and have our fully-costed alternative budget to prove it. You can read it here: soton.lib.dm/SCCBudget2018.

"I'm not the only person that's impressed with our campaign so far. Our candidates and canvassers are reporting the best feedback from residents we've had in years, with many committing to vote Liberal Democrat on May 3rd - including lots of former Labour and Conservative voters, who are increasingly downcast at the state of the parties nationally and locally.

Adrian Ford_Endorsement by @The48plus"Our roster of candidates includes former city councillors, such as Peter Galton in Shirley; long-time local campaigners, like Adrian Ford in Portswood; students, including Olivia Reed in Bitterne; and passionate individuals who joined us following the EU referendum, like Benjamin Curd in Bargate and Alexander Clifton-Melhuish in Freemantle. Several of our candidates have already been endorsed as the official anti-Brexit tactical vote candidate, with more endorsements expected in the coming days and weeks.

"Between us we have a diverse range of skills and experience, and talent and enthusiasm that would really benefit the city. For full details of all of our candidates, please visit soton.lib.dm/MyLocalChampion.

"It's clear to the people of Southampton that Labour are out of ideas, and failing to deliver on the basics like air quality, bin collection and street repair. Southampton Conservatives, meanwhile, are playing pie in the sky politics, with no idea about how to deliver any of it.

"Southampton deserves better. The Liberal Democrats are the only sensible alternative to languid Labour and tired Tories. We are the real alternative, and we are ready to serve Southampton."

Your Liberal Democrat Candidates for Southampton City Council

Benjamin Curd for Bargate Richard Blackman for Bassett Vijay Chopra for Bevois Olivia Reed for Bitterne James Read for Bitterne Park Amy Greenwood for Coxford Alexander Clifton-Melhuish for Freemantle Colin McDougall for Harefield Andy Beal for Millbrook Rob Naish for Peartree Adrian Ford for Portswood Simon Stokes for Redbridge Peter Galton for Shirley Phillip Mackin for Sholing Paul Clarke for Swaythling Sam Harris for Woolston